Get Your Geek On

Last week, I went to the American Barista & Coffee School here in Portland, Ore., to see a presentation done by Vince Fedele of the George Howell Coffee Company (GHCC), about ExtractMoJo, a brewing control solution software that won Best New Product at this year’s SCAA conference. Mr. Fedele, who … Read more →

Wait… What's Your Name Again?

Have you ever spent years working your way up in the mob after having been sent undercover as a rat into the police academy? Or vice versa? I know these things happen to Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio all the time, but who knew that they could happen at your … Read more →

Talking About Coffee

Over on James Hoffmann’s blog, (jimseven.com) where he is under a self-imposed video blogging marathon, he recently had a post up about the different ways people talk about their experiences with food versus with coffee. Primarily, he says, when talking about food, most people immediately talk about the texture they’re … Read more →

Already Gearing Up for London

Seems like the good folks in London are already getting ready for next year’s WBC. This story just out from caterersearch.com, says that coffee shops and beverage retailers in the city ought to be planning for an influx of coffee connoisseurs. Since the WBC will coincide with the start of … Read more →

Coffee t-shirts… literally.

One thing those of us in the specialty coffee industry both love and are never in short supply of are coffee t-shirts. I attribute this to the fact that coffee folks tend to be creative and stylish, and they like seeing their friends wear their designs. Plus, it can seem … Read more →

And their coffee's not bad either…

Disneyland may like to proclaim itself the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but a new study out of Britain begs to differ. According the New Economics Foundation, after studying 143 countries around the world, the Central American, coffee-producing country of Costa Rica is the happiest nation on the planet. The index … Read more →

Blue Bottle Stars in VendrTV Segment!

[bliptv guwVgY%2BoeJOYWg%2Em4v] One of the hottest and most delicious topics du jour is food carts, and VendrTV makes a practice out of traveling the country to showcase some of the very best ones. This week, the guys at VendrTV found their way to Blue Bottle Coffee’s original kiosk location in … Read more →

A Letter from Honduras

Our friend, Ana Lucía Lardizabal de Hawit, 2008 Barista Champion of Honduras, wrote me an email today regarding Ken’s post about the coup in Honduras from a few days ago. Here is what she has to say about the situation from an on-the-ground perspective… Hello Sarah. I hope you are … Read more →

Barista Jet Setter – Australian Version

The Age, a newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, recently had a quick chat about traveling the world with Scottie Callaghan, 2007 Australian Barista Champion. Scottie says the coolest coffee bars are in Norway, but the country that takes its coffee most seriously is Japan. And look, there’s Scottie competing at the … Read more →

Coup in Honduras

Read the Wall Street Journal’s report here. And the New York Times here. In the first coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War, Honduran soldiers forced the president to flee to Costa Rica on Sunday. Tensions had escalated in the country recently as President Zelaya sought … Read more →

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