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 →

Coffee Videos Rule!

James Hoffmann’s video diaries have inspired a lot of other coffee videos lately, I think, or perhaps they’ve just inspired me to go looking for other videos. So when you’ve watched all of James’ vids, here are a couple more I really like, and I think you will, too! 2008 … Read more →

Bee Bounce Back?

In the June/July issue, we reported on a new program sponsored by Monin called Syrup to Bees where out-of-date syrup is being used as honey bee food to help support colonies struggling with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD has affected bee colonies around the world and apiarists (people who raise … Read more →

White is the new black?

A quick little story out of the UK today, it seems that according to reporting in the Independent the fastest growing drink segment in cafés is a 6-8oz cup with 2-3 shots and a little milk called a “flat white.” Also of note in the story is that chains in … Read more →

Gearing Up for Northwest Jam!

My pal Sarah Dooley — who works with Visions and just completed the amazing Coffee Enhancement Lounge in Seattle — teamed up with some awesome coffee folks like Cam Kellett and Phuong Tran of Lava Java to plan what I’m predicting will be the biggest, baddest barista jam to take … Read more →

Rockin' the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Rockin’ the Roasters Retreat

I just got back to Portland after a jam-packed four days in Stevenson, Wash., at the Roasters Guild Retreat. The days were long, with educational sessions on a variety of roaster and more general coffee topics, but the nights were longer—karaoke, bonfires, box hockey, and beer, always beer. The attendees … Read more →

Off to the Roasters Retreat

Today, I’m headed up to the Skamania Lodge in Washington for the Roasters Guild Retreat, which begins tonight and goes through Sunday. I went to the Roasters Retreat back in 2002, when I was the editor of some other coffee magazine, and it was a lot of fun. It’ll be … Read more →

New NBC '09 Info Released

Often times with the Nordic Barista Cup, no one knows what’s going to happen at the event until it actually starts. Well, no one other than the organizers that is. This year, however, it seems to be a little different. We just received the following announcement, with loads of new … Read more →

New NBC ’09 Info Released

Often times with the Nordic Barista Cup, no one knows what’s going to happen at the event until it actually starts. Well, no one other than the organizers that is. This year, however, it seems to be a little different. We just received the following announcement, with loads of new … Read more →

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