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 →

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In the June/July issue, we reported on a new program sponsored by Monin called Syrup to Bees where out-of-date syrup is being used as honey bee food to help support colonies struggling with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).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 →

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