Tone speaks!

Zachary shot some videos at the welcome reception last night… here is me interviewing Tone Liavaag briefly… http://www.fastemailsender.com

Day #1 of the NBC continues…

All the teams got up on stage with Jay and David this morning before our first lecture. The occasion? Well, to be applauded for being here, of course. But also so that they—along with us in the audience—could find out a secret surprise. I mentioned before how there are 5 … Read more →

Good morning, Nordic Barista Cup!

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. this morning, attendees to the Nordic Barista Cup began to arrive to the Spikerboks, which is the awesome facility where this event is being held. It was chilly, but sunny, and you could feel the excitement in the air as old friends and new converged for … Read more →

NBC Welcome Party!

After a long, wonderful and super educational day at the Nordic Roaster, the event wrapped simultaneously with the beginning of the Nordic Barista Cup, in a fun party with beer, hotdogs and spectacular views of Oslo. It was a blast! After everyone had hotdogs—with a Norwegian twist: they were wrapped … Read more →

George Howell lecture: correction

Obviously, George’s lecture today was a little (lot) over my head. He wanted to make sure I made the following point bout silver skin clear: George closed the lecture by discussing the very specific idea of completely removing beans entirely covered in silver skin to replace my original line: George … Read more →

A Busy Afternoon!

By Sarah Allen (Before I begin this post, I’d like to add a clarification from George Howell about my write up on his lecture this morning: My point about the silver skin is that if beans with 90+% silver skin are sorted out, the cup will be far cleaner and … Read more →

George Howell is the Man

I feel very smart right now, thanks to George Howell. I think we all do—his lecture on processing methods this morning was just fascinating. Check out the video Zachary will post soon to watch the lecture in its entirety. I promise you it’s worth it. George knew he was talking … Read more →

Welcome to the Nordic Roaster in Oslo!

Yes, welcome! Oslo, Norway, couldn’t be more beautiful—plenty of sunshne, and leafy trees all turning colors as fall approaches. But as lovely as it is, we’re not here to look at the scenery—we’re here to learn about coffee! Today, Wednesday, September 15, is the first day of what is a … Read more →

Rwanda CoE!

The second Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition brought 26 international cuppers to the small town of Rwamagana to judge the final phase of the world’s most stringent coffee competition.  Cupping at the new Kayonza quality lab, the international jury, hailing from 14 countries, scored 22 lots high enough to win … Read more →

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