Lots of Fun in Anaheim

Things are rockin and rollin here in Anaheim, where a few thousand of the most awesome coffee people in the world are gathered to reconnect, do business and drink some seriously great brews. But let’s recap last night, cause it was a doozy. Ken attended Arianna Huffington’s keynote speech (I … Read more →

USBC and SCAA begin!

It’s hard to believe that the SCAA show here in Anaheim hasn’t even started yet, given how busy the past few days have already been down here in Anaheim. No, we didn’t get distracted by Disneyland (though the nightly fireworks outside of our hotel room — some of which are … Read more →

Off we go to Anaheim!

Ken and I are busy busy busy getting ready for the myriad events surrounding the Specialty Coffee Association of America show this week in Anaheim, California. Most exciting, of course, will be the United States Barista Championship (USBC), which will find so many elite baristas in one ring, we can … Read more →

News out of New Orleans

While we’re one week away from SCAA and the USBC, here’s something to take your mind off of practice for you competitors or the last minute details to take care of before you leave for Anaheim for other travelers. It’s  a cool story out of New Orleans about a program … Read more →

New World Latte Art Competition

It’ll take a while for all the longtime attendee of and competitors in Coffee Fest‘s well-known latte art contests to stop referring to them as the BLANK (starts with an M, ends with an -illrock) Latte Art Competitions, but that title sponsor has stepped down from supporting the competitions—so there’s … Read more →

Cup Tasters Getting Ready for Battle

Just got an email from Amber Fox about registration for the Canadian Cup Tasters Championship which will be held at the Specialty Coffee Association of America, concurrent with the U.S. Cup Tasters Championship. Winners from each national competition will go on to London, June 23–25, to compete in the World … Read more →

Throwdowns get some mainstream press

Seems like only a couple of months ago that Ben Helfen was writing stories about latte art throwdowns for our little magazine. And now in a city abuzz with news with the passing of health care reform, the Washington Post has taken the time to talk to Ben, and many … Read more →

What? Even More Science (and Coffee)? Hurray…

Well sort of. I’ve got two science (and coffee) stories for you today. This one is truly fascinating, though it probably doesn’t affect a lot of our readers. It seems (and this was news to me) that Uganda is the second largest coffee producer in Africa (behind Ethiopia), but most … Read more →

End of the week news stories

The Northeast Regional Barista Competition is just getting ready to wrap up in Boston, Massachusetts. While we await the announcement of the winner, here are a few interesting news stories to tide you over. Business Week reports that despite the recession coffee consumption in the U.S. has remained stable, though there has been an … Read more →

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