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 →

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 →

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