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 →

Wild Tamper Story

I love it when people email me with cool, one-of-a-kind stories about something strange and wonderful they did to enhance their experience as a coffee pro. This one’s from Brian Franklin of DoubleShot Coffee Company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hey Barista Magazine people: Jason (my employee) and I were in … Read more →

Celebrity Sightings in Germany

Forget Cannes—the big celebrities are in Cologne, Germany, this week for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s Wonderful World of Coffee event, which beings tomorrow and goes through Sunday. If you consider James Hoffmann a bigger star than Michael Cera, or Bjorg Brend a cooler celeb than Angelina, Cologne is … Read more →

Ice It For The Ladies

It’s officially summer, even here in oft-drizzly Portland, Ore., and that means one of my favorite coffee beverages is in heavy rotation again: iced coffee. I just had a slammin’ cup at a new Portland cafe the other day—Red E in North Portland is serving up single origins they feel … Read more →

Coffee Fest Las Vegas—done and done!

Ken and I got back from Las Vegas late last night after a hectic and enjoyable few days in the desert for Coffee Fest Las Vegas and the Millrock Freepour Latte Art Competition, presented by Barista Magazine, Nuova Simonelli, Dillanos, Ghirardelli, and Barista Exchange. There was a lot of fun … Read more →

Pre-party

Because Ken and I never like to be unprepared for any situation, we went to see “The Hangover” yesterday, to make sure we were ready for our trip to Coffee Fest Las Vegas later this week. Man, was this movie a side-splitter. If you have a bawdy, raunchy sense of … Read more →

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