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 →

Tamper Tantrum

Steve Leighton of Ireland’s Has Bean Coffee has been a prolific video blogger for a while now (if you haven’t checked out his archives, look here). And now, in the funniest and most clever new pod/video/blog cast idea to come along in a while, Steve teams up with 2009 Barista … Read more →

On the Streets of Philadelphia…

Over at his blog, Jay Caragay has an interesting report on a coffee crawl he recently had through the City of Brotherly Love. No mention of a cheesestake or the Liberty Bell not even the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, but Jay did see Aaron Ultimo and John Hornall among other … Read more →

A Lovely Last Day in Nicaragua

I’m finally climbing out from under the mountain of work that awaited me back here at Barista Mag’s headquarters, after I left for a week to attend the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence (CoE). But I’d be remiss if I didn’t report on the wonderful day a few of us spent … Read more →

I'm Sending My Dad To Norway

Yup, that’s right. Dr. Steve Allen has got to pack some bags, because I want him to compete in Tim Wendelboe’s 2nd Annual World Aeropress Championship. My dad is bananas for his Aeropress. And Tim, 2003 World Barista Champion and owner of the successful roasting company Tim Wendelboe in Oslo, … Read more →

CoE Nicaragua 2009!

The competition is over and I’m back home in Portland, Oregon—what a week! It was, in fact, so exciting, that I’ve arrived home pretty under the weather, which is slowing me down—nothing serious, but I have some recovering to do. So please forgive me for not posting sooner, and look … Read more →

Nicaragua CoE Continues…

I can now safely say that the Cup of Excellence experience is just as exhausting as any other coffee event. Seriously, with around 60 coffees to evaluate, narrow down and precisely judge as the best of the best in a whole country, in the space of a week, this is … Read more →

Nica Nica Nica

It’s really nice to be back in Nicaragua — what a warm, welcoming country. Today was Day 1 of the —get this— 50th Cup of Excellence competition. It’s a big deal competition with an all-star jury on deck. Today was calibration, which was super interesting for me — this is … Read more →

Off to Nicaragua

I’m taking the red eye to Managua tonight… actually, make that Houston, where I’ll be stuck for 3 hours between flights. (But that’s OK — I downloaded a whole season of Lost to watch while I wait.) From Managua, I’ll head north to Esteli, where the Cup of Excellence will … Read more →

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