Off to London and the World Barista Championship

I’m busy busy busy with packing up to leave for London tomorrow—I’m going to report on the World Barista Championship, for which Barista Magazine is the official media sponsor. As such, we created the official WBC Event Program, which we’ll be distributing to anyone and everyone at the competition. For … Read more →

Activate Your Brain! (And Change Your Taste?)

Here’s an interesting story from the world of wine that relates rather directly, I think, to coffee. Researchers at Cal-Tech recently did a study where subjects were asked to taste different wines and rate them. The subjects were told they were tasting five distinct wines (cabernets) ranging in price from … Read more →

La Marzocco Out of the Box, NYC

This just happened. We were bummed that we couldn’t be there in person for the New York installment of La Marzocco’s awesome Out of the Box events, but we were there in spirit—well, in sponsor spirit. Yes, Barista Magazine was a sponsor, and this pretty lady was our on-the-ground rep: … Read more →

What could possibly go wrong?

Here at Barista Magazine, we do love a lot of coffee gadgets, you know like VST’s Mojo to Go or the Aeropress, but this new home machine from Saeco is really something else. It’s smart because it stores coffee profiles for six individuals, but it’s also, umm… maybe a little … Read more →

Iced Coffee Month in New York? Coffee Art in Oslo?

In today’s coffee news…. Jeremy from New York City’s Birch Coffee writes to tell us that, even though there are such decalred national commemorations as Turkey Lover’s Month, Soul Food Month, and even National Catfish Month, he’s not finding any mention of an Iced Coffee Month. And in blistering New … Read more →

Good Times in Minneapolis

I just got back from Coffee Fest Minneapolis, and had a great ol’ time with the fun coffee people out there. Here are some shots from the weekend. And please go to Barista Magazine’s Facebook page for many more photos! Now please go to Barista Magazine’s Facebook page for even … Read more →

My industry has let me down.

Philip Jolley, owner of El Capitan Espresso, San Bruno, Calif., sent me this essay, and I wanted to share it…Thanks for taking the time to put these thoughts into words, Phil. —Sarah MY INDUSTRY HAS LET ME DOWN When I opened my espresso kiosk five years ago, I knew nothing … Read more →

Jam in Metro Detroit

Tom Isaia from Coffee Expresso Co., in Plymouth, Michigan, wrote to me a few weeks ago to tell me about a jam he was putting together in the metro Detroit area, and I asked if he wouldn’t mind getting back to me to let me know how it all went. … Read more →

What’s Up, Ottawa?

Just got this nice email from Laura Perry, a Barista Magazine reader and barista/coffee fanatic, who wanted to tell me about a fun event that she and friends from other coffeehouses had recently. Great photos, too! Hey guys! Wanted to write in and let you guys know what’s been happening … Read more →

Coffee News

Here are a few stories from the coffee world in the news today. First up, Reuters reports that coffee production is set to rise worldwide, however, Colombian arabicas are still in short supply due to bad weather over the last two years. Brazil is expected to make up most of … Read more →

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