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 →

My latest Guardian article

I sometimes freelance for The Guardian about coffee related issues, and my latest rant, this time on laptop use and free Wi-Fi in cafes, is up HERE. Interestingly, in writing this, I contacted James and Anette at Square Mile to ask about whether this issue is active in London (considering … Read more →

News that maybe you can use

Some quick news items today from the world of coffee. Proving that the recession has not affected all sectors of the economy (or even all coffee retailers) equally, Peet’s coffee exceeded Wall Street’s predicted earnings. Showing the ability to seize the moment, when  Detroit, Mich., coffee shop owner, Raymone Crowe, … Read more →

Twin Cities Barista Jam!

I’m so heartened to see more specialty coffee importers getting on the pro barista bandwagon. It’s great to see folks all along the coffee chain appreciating and understanding that professional baristas are playing an enormous role in the present and future of our industry. I’ve said it so many times, … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance!

Our old friend, and chairman of the USBC, Nick Cho, recently had an op-ed in the Washington Post writing about his reaction to Starbuck’s not-a-Starbucks café in Seattle. He writes: So some people might assume that I’d poo-poo Starbucks’s efforts. Everyone expects the proverbial little guy to sling stones at … Read more →

Aug/Sept '09 iMag Online Now

While your hard copy version is working its way through the press/postal system, the iMag version of the August/September issue just went live. In this issue you can read about: working with coffee growers in Burundi Michael Phillips on his visit to Brazil our cover story on the one and … Read more →

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