Next Up ¡Finals!

Twenty-six competitors have competed over the last two days here in Mexico City for the Ninth Annual Mexican Barista Championship. And as with any competition, there have been amazing performances, heartbreaking mistakes and a reaffirming show of community between the competitors. The six finalists in order of their performance tomorrow are: Erika … Read more →

Mexican Barista Championships Underway

The MBC and the Mexican Latte Art Championship (with berths on the line for the World Championships in Colombia in 2011) are underway today, and the Mexican Coffee Expo trade show floor opens up today too. First up this morning were the first six competitors in the Latte Art Championship. … Read more →

Camp Pull-A-Shot… for FREE??

We’ve been talking a lot about Camp Pull-A-Shot, the Barista Guild of America’s first annual retreat, which will take place October 18–21 at the beautiful El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, California. This event—which will feature incredible educational opportunities for baristas of all skill levels, as well as the kind … Read more →

Barista Comp Stuff

Just heard from Marcus Boni about a few things concerning the 2011 Regional Barista Competitions schedule and new costs. Most important thing to note is that NO regionals will take place until 2011 — there’s been a rumor that the Northwest Regional Barista Competition will be taking place at Coffee … Read more →

Roasters Guild Retreat Underway

I rode up to Skamania Lodge yesterday to drop in on the 10th Annual Roasters Guild Retreat. As always, there were numerous activities underway. A weekend-long competition pitted randomly assigned teams against each other in the “You Guatta Love It” challenge. In the contest, teams are to develop a blend … Read more →

Klaus Goes to Brazil & Summer Vacation

I’ve been following Klaus Thomsen’s Facebook updates from throughout what sounds like a very busy and very enjoyable trip to Brazil recently. He’s got some awesome photos up on the Coffee Collective’s Flickr, and I’m posting here to urge you to check them out! I went to the Coffee Collective’s … Read more →

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