NBC ’09 Day 1 – Focus Country Costa Rica

The first real team challenge of the 2009 NBC just concluded. Each team was required to give a 10-minute presentation on a coffee growing region of this year’s focus country, Costa Rica. The teams’ options were wide open. They could show a video, give a powerpoint presentation, do a song … Read more →

Good Morning NBC!

After some much needed sleep last night, everyone is raring to go this morning, as day number one of the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup (NBC) begins! You would hardly believe it’s just 8 in the morning, as spirits are high and latte art is being poured. Here’s the scoop: while … Read more →

Welcome to the NBC '09!

Welcome to the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup! We’re here in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, in the Art Musuem for the first day of the competition. Last night we gathered at a nearby bar called Balthazar for a meet and greet. Jose Arreola known for his constant globe trotting in … Read more →

Welcome to the NBC ’09!

Welcome to the 2009 Nordic Barista Cup! We’re here in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, in the Art Musuem for the first day of the competition. Last night we gathered at a nearby bar called Balthazar for a meet and greet. Jose Arreola known for his constant globe trotting in … Read more →

Away we go!

Ken and I are hustling around the house getting the last bits and pieces together for our trip to Iceland today! We fly from Portland to Seattle, then Seattle direct to Reykjavik on Icelandair—hooray! In case you missed me blathering and blogging on and on and on about how awesome … Read more →

Our Friends Rock

Checking my email first thing in the morning is one of my favorite parts of the day, because I’m bound to find messages about jams coming up, folks coming to visit and exciting things going on in the coffee community. Today I got all kinds of great news, and I … Read more →

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 →

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