Ethiopia in flux

Here’s an interesting five-minute video from World Focus, a public television news show, about the status of coffee growing in coffee’s birthplace Bonga, Ethiopia. As we’ve seen in coffee growing regions around the world, when coffee farmers can’t find the markets or prices for their crops, the temptation is strong … Read more →

Vote for the English version of Tim Wendelboe's new book

Tim Wendelboe is one of the biggest World Barista Champion (WBC) success stories in the history of the competition: after winning the WBC in 2004 in Trieste, Italy, Tim went on to start his own cafe and roastery in Oslo, Norway. It’s been a tremendous success, winning the Nordic Roaster … Read more →

Vote for the English version of Tim Wendelboe’s new book

Tim Wendelboe is one of the biggest World Barista Champion (WBC) success stories in the history of the competition: after winning the WBC in 2004 in Trieste, Italy, Tim went on to start his own cafe and roastery in Oslo, Norway. It’s been a tremendous success, winning the Nordic Roaster … Read more →

Barista Pinotage, that is, coffee wine

Our friends who live in South Africa, Loren and Caroline, are coming to visit this week, which is always exciting. Ken just got an email from Loren asking if there was anything we wanted him and Caroline to bring us from Johannesburg. Besides a baby elephant, we couldn’t think of … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance?

I saw this today and couldn’t believe it was true. But apparently, it is. Wow. As basketball season starts tomorrow (Go Blazers!), and those terrible rumors spread two years ago that Greg Oden hurt his knee playing Dance Dance Revolution, if we get any of these machine here in Portland, … Read more →

The Good, the Bad and the Sad

Well, I guess I don’t know about the middle label, but here are a few stories around the world of coffee that I found interesting today. First, here’s a story from Boston about a couple of new coffee shops that are looking to build a following based on a West … Read more →

Ethiopia Faces Drought and Food Crisis

A four-year drought affecting much of the Horn of Africa, including the coffee-growing countries of Ethiopia and Kenya, has led the UN to request a massive increase in food aide to stave off the very real threat of food shortages and a return to starvation levels akin to those faced … Read more →

The DaVinci Kids

I just saw this in the Seattle Times, and wanted to be sure to give some well-deserved recognition to all of our friends at DaVinci Gourmet, the Seattle-based syrup manufacturer and part of Kerry Foodservices. Since 2006, DaVinci has raised and donated more than a half-million dollars to the nonprofit … Read more →

DIY, coffee friends!

In the vein of not taking oneself too seriously, here’s a project any coffee and/or gadget nerd will enjoy… because I’m betting you often find yourself in the position of wanting to watch, say, “Gossip Girl” or “Top Gear” on your iPhone, but it’s just too much work to hold … Read more →

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