Rwanda Barista Championship

I was so stoked to get to travel to Kigali, Rwanda, last month to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association conference and also lend a hand to Sanders and Shane in the production of the first ever Rwanda Barista Championship. I’ll have an article with photos about it in … Read more →

The Big O!

Replace Tina Fey in the picture above with new USBC champion Michael Phillips and you have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for this Friday on Oprah! Check local listings for the show and watch as the two Chicagoans enjoy some fine specialty coffee and talk about the … Read more →

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Michael Phillips (in center of above photo) of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Chicago for his first place finish at the 2009 United States Barista Championship. Second place went to Nick Griffith from Intelligentsia, Los Angeles. (On the left above.) And Alterra Coffee’s Scott Lucey from Milwaukee, Wisconsin … Read more →

Some USBC scene shots…

You can tune in to watch the live feed from the United States Barista Championship here, but here are some photos from around the room… Here’s the table you see when ypu first come in, where you can pick up a free USBC program. . Trophies by Reg. This is … Read more →

USBC is here!

Ken and I just got back to the office from the Oregon Convention Center, where we dropped off the official USBC programs that Barista Magazine made, as the media sponsor of the United States Barista Championship. You can read it online by clicking the cover at Barista Magazine’s homepage, or … Read more →

Recession Busting (Stateside version)

Ok, so we’ve had a couple posts in recent weeks about coffee shops in our northern neighbor, Canada, opening amidst tough economic times, and now we’ve got one a little closer to home.  This story, out of the Seattle Times, reports on the upswing of new shops opening in the … Read more →

Out of Retirement

It’s official. Carl Sara is back. In Christchurch New Zealand today, against 7 other finalists, Carl took out the New Zealand Barista Championship crown for the 4th time. Carl is 3 times WBC finalist, having placed 6th, 4th and 3rd in his last three attempts. Could this be his year? … Read more →

Live, NOW!

It’s a long way from everywhere but they coffee is damn good!   New Zealand National Barista Finals – http://www.mogulus.com/nzbc    Winner is announced New Zealand time 5:30pm – can Carl Sara make it to his 4th WBC?     http://www.fastemailsender.com

Busy Days

Wow, these have been some busy recent weeks for all of us, including the crew here at Barista Magazine. I just returned from a two-week trip in Africa where I attended the first-ever Rwanda Barista Championship and visited the farm, Songwa, in Tanzania that is being operated by La Marzocco, … Read more →

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