USBC Starts Tomorrow in Houston!

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised, but Houston is a pretty weird place. Luckily, Ken and I found out just a few hours after arriving that our hotel is also the home to the Norwegian barista contingent, some awesome Costa Ricans, our pals from Sprudge, our Stumptown buddies, and the … Read more →

The Place to Be at SCAA—Roasted & Toasted Party!

Barista Magazine is super excited to be one of the four sponsors of what is sure to be THE party going down in history during this year’s SCAA show in Houston! Mike and Rachelle McKim of Cuvee Coffee—which is the amazing host of this incredible gala—have thought of absolutely everything: … Read more →

Counter Culture Opens in Chi-Town

Counter Culture Coffee just opened a new regional training center in Chicago! This is pretty awesome. As anyone seasoned in the coffee industry knows, there’s a ton of growth in the Great Lakes region of the United States, and the addition of CCC just makes the opportunity for further development … Read more →

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Barista Nation!

Recently, our dear friend, and longtime coffee industry veteran, Anastasia Chovan—who heads up marketing for Unic—was excited to tell me about a new event for coffee professionals that Unic was helping to get off the ground: Barista Nation. Just from the name, I loved it already. Inspired by the coffee … Read more →

Do Your Part: Vote!

This is a special message to all Barista Guild of America members from BGA Chair Scott Lucey: Hey BGA members, don’t forget it’s election time! There’s only two days left to cast your vote for who will fill open spots on the Barista Guild leadership council.  If you haven’t done … Read more →

NERBC Rocks! A Report by Michelle Foster

The final 2011 regional just wrapped up, effectively launching the competition season to the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Houston (t minus-two weeks and counting). The Northeast Regional, hosted graciously by Dallis Bros. Coffee, effectively combined the New England area and a few outlying states (Ohio, some would argue … Read more →

NERBC—Last Regional before the USBC!

Tomorrow will be a momentous day—the start of the final Regional Barista Competition (RBC) of 2011, leading up to the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Houston April 28–May 1! I won’t say we saved the best for last with the Northeast Regional Barista Competition (NERBC)—set to kick off tomorrow, … Read more →

Brewing News

Two news stories out today caught our attention, and while they came from opposite sides of the country, they both feature the growing pour-over and manual-brewing movement in cafés. The first is from the Washington Post and features Jay Caragay and his shop, Spro, in Baltimore. Specifically, it looks at … Read more →

South Central Regional in Full Effect!

It’s the second-to-last Regional Barista Competition of 2011—that means we’re really close to the United States Barista Championship! And the states represented in the South Central Regional are home to some of the best baristas in the country, so this weekend’s competition—which kicked off today in St. Louis, Missouri—are very … Read more →

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