Just Add Ice – A Summer Drink Fair

Last Thursday, we lucky Portlanders had a beautiful late spring afternoon descend upon us. Temperatures rose as the sun stretched across the western sky, and I was thankful to be headed to Portland Roasting for a perfectly timed cold drink showcase and some educational seminars. With samples of blended drinks, … Read more →

Pacific Foods Sets a Great Example

We were excited to hear that our friends (and neighbors, since the company is just a few miles from Portland), Pacific Natural Foods recently earned praise for its deeply rooted commitment to sustainable business practices and shared annual results of its ongoing efforts. Way to go, Pacific Foods! The family-owned … Read more →

Latte Art Bracket!

Coffee Fest will introduce a new bracket-style format at the Coffee Fest Minneapolis event, entitled the New World Latte Art Competition—this is going to be so much fun! Coffee Fest Minneapolis will take place June 3–5. For more details, go HERE. While the roster is full for the Minneapolis competition, … Read more →

Gearing Up for the SCAE & WBC!

I was talking to Jo from Beyond the Bean the other day, and I said, “I’m so looking forward to seeing you in London at the Caffe Culture/SCAE show and the World Barista Championship—in just a little more than a month!” And she had a little panic attack. While we’re … Read more →

US Barista Championship Final Standings

(Want a visual? Check out the 150+ photos from the USBC and SCAA Anaheim show that I just uploaded to Barista Mag’s Facebook Fan Page!) FINALS ROUND 1 Michael Phillips, Intelligentsia Coffee, Chicago, Illinois. SCORE: 701.5 2 Chris Baca, Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, California. SCORE: 671.5 3 Devin Pedde, … Read more →

La Marzocco iPhone App

Check it—La Marzocco’s new iPhone app is FUN! This 100% free app offers info about La Marzocco’s distributors around the world, La Marzocco equipment, news, new technology, and of course, gives access to the La Marzocco blog. This is how you get it: 1) Search for “La Marzocco App” on … Read more →

2nd Term Barista Champs

Maybe I’m just getting way too excited about the coming World Barista Championship in June in London, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this year’s roster of champs. I think it’s pretty cool that there are a handful of baristas who were so determined to get another … Read more →

Congratulations, Champ!

Michael Phillips, of Intelligentsia, is now the two-time United States Barista Champion. Way to go, Mike! http://www.fastemailsender.com

Your 2010 USBC Finalists…

Man, that was intense! This was by far the most crazy good group of semifinalists that the United States Barista Championship has ever seen! So you can be sure these six finalists — who won their elite spots from a pool of 25 semifinalists — are gonna bring it tomorrow … Read more →

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