TriestEspresso!

While we were at Coffee Fest Seattle, one of Italy’s most famous coffee shows—TriestEspresso—was taking place on the other side of the world, in Trieste, Italy, to be exact. I was lucky enough to visit Trieste back in 2004 for the World Barista Championship, so I can testify that it’s … Read more →

Coffee Fest Seattle!

We’re still reeling from a wonderful show in Seattle this past weekend, in the form of the always busy and fun Coffee Fest Seattle. This year’s installment was even busier than ever—seriously, when I talked to fellow exhibitors, everyone agreed that the traffic was much better than in years past—and … Read more →

Can You Make a $1500 Mocha?

I was at Water Avenue Coffee in Southeast Portland yesterday for a photo shoot, when who should I run into but Ginger Gerhart of Ghirardelli Chocolate! Ginger told me about a really cool contest that her company is currently hosting called the Ghirardelli Mocha Challenge, in which coffee professionals can … Read more →

What Inspires Us

A NOTE FROM RHODE ISLAND… I had an email in my inbox from a woman, Holley Badger, whom I met in Rhode Island a few weeks ago when I was attending the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast (MANE) Artisan Coffee Conference. Holley works at Blue State Coffee, right on the campus of Brown University … Read more →

Camp Pull-A-Shot Video…

Jason Dominy, incoming Prez of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council, created this lovely and fun video that recaps the Camp Pull-A-Shot experience pretty awesomely. Thanks, Jason! Camp Pull-A-Shot 2010. What Did You Like Best About Camp? from Jason Dominy on Vimeo.

Barista Camp: A Huge Success!

I just got back to Portland from the first annual Barista Guild of America Camp Pull-A-Shot—and what an amazing experience it was! I do apologize for not being able to blog throughout the event. Maybe lack of internet was annoying, but if that’s the only problem we really encountered during … Read more →

Good Morning, Campers!

Well, there should be photos and blog posts from the event on the ground in Galina, Calif., but Sarah is having a hard time getting a working internet feed. That said, she wanted me to make sure to let everyone know that Camp Pull-A-Shot is underway and it’s a blast! … Read more →

Friday in Peru

Friday was the first full day of let’s talk coffee 2010 here in tarapoto. There were trainings, cupping, demos, lectures, and one-on-one meetings between producers and their buyers. I spent most of my time with the pool of international and Peruvian baristas, as they led numerous demonstrations of various methods … Read more →

Peru Continued

We’re in Tarapoto now as Let’s Talk Coffee gets underway this morning. Well actually it began last night with a poolside welcome reception, but the program begins today. But the fun really began for us lucky few who were able to attend the World Barista Forum in Lamas the night … Read more →

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