Aussie Rules Espresso

We’ve spent a lot of time since last summer talking about the whole murky coffee/espresso on ice brouhaha,  but while that has died down, a new battle is brewing, this one in Australia. Here in the States we have a lot of regional diversity in culture, attitude, and even generic … Read more →

A Consumer's Quest for a Perfect Cup

Gizmodo is a cool gadget blog that I enjoy reading on occasion. It’s similar to Wired magazine. And it recently had a nice post about discovering quality coffee (and the machines that make it.) Set mostly at Ninth Street Espresso in New York, it features a long guest appearance from … Read more →

A Consumer’s Quest for a Perfect Cup

Gizmodo is a cool gadget blog that I enjoy reading on occasion. It’s similar to Wired magazine. And it recently had a nice post about discovering quality coffee (and the machines that make it.) Set mostly at Ninth Street Espresso in New York, it features a long guest appearance from … Read more →

Viva Mexico!

The 2009 Barista Championship of Mexico is taking place right now in Mexico City! I went to this competition last year, and it was a blast, of course, considering the guys putting the whole thing together are the fantastic Arturo Hernandez and Jose Cleofas Arreola. But though I was expecting … Read more →

They Don't Call it Iceland for Nothing

It’s not like you have to ride polar bears to work in the morning (though that would be freakin awesome), but Iceland is pretty darn cold. When I went to the Nordic Barista Cup in Iceland in 2004, I was actually kind of surprised that it wasn’t colder, but that’s … Read more →

They Don’t Call it Iceland for Nothing

It’s not like you have to ride polar bears to work in the morning (though that would be freakin awesome), but Iceland is pretty darn cold. When I went to the Nordic Barista Cup in Iceland in 2004, I was actually kind of surprised that it wasn’t colder, but that’s … Read more →

The Coffee Enhancement Lounge

Sarah Dooley and the crew at Visions Espresso in Seattle have done a spectacular job with the Coffee Enhancement Lounge, which I finally got to see in person last weekend when I went to Seattle for a Jam that Sarah had organized in the space. It’s small but super efficient, … Read more →

Hey, that's some bad coffee

We spend a lot of time here at Barista Magazine writing about, thinking about and drinking some awesome coffees. Turns out, however, that a lot of other people out there don’t. So instead of a five best coffee drinks, here’s a list of the five worst. The list, note, is … Read more →

Hey, that’s some bad coffee

We spend a lot of time here at Barista Magazine writing about, thinking about and drinking some awesome coffees. Turns out, however, that a lot of other people out there don’t. So instead of a five best coffee drinks, here’s a list of the five worst. The list, note, is … Read more →

Put it on ice

I can’t believe it’s already the last week of August. Next weekend is Labor Day, traditionally marking the end of summer here in the States. Naturally temperatures will begin to cool as the days grow shorter, and Sarah and I will return to making coffee for the office in our … Read more →

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