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 →

Retailing News from SoCal

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea opened its third Southern California store yesterday. Located in Pasadena, most famously known (to me at least) for being the home of the Rose Bowl, the shop once again shows Intelligentsia’s willingness to experiment and deviate from its previous models to create a new space. From … Read more →

More Pics from Puerto Rico and Other Stuff

Tony Siera, who judged the first round of the Puerto Rican Barista Championship, had the finals off, so he spent the day photographing the event at Coffee Cast. You can check out his photo set on flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baristapuertorico/ Also out today is a list of the “20 Most Caffeinated  Cities” in … Read more →

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