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 →

This could be you! In Iceland!

Oh, those darned Icelanders! Always reminding us how freakin awesome their little country is! Yes, I know you have the coolest horses and the prettiest landscape and the nicest people. Blah blah blah. Thank goodness we have a work-related reason to go visit soon! THE NORDIC BARISTA CUP 2009! The … Read more →

Photos from my Tanzania trip

Barista Magazine’s newly redesigned website includes a cool feature called “Media,” where we are posting extended slideshows from interesting trips that our staff takes. Hopefully it will also include short videos in the future (I’ll be recording some scenes from the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence next week, and hopefully Mac’s … Read more →

iCoffee

Ah, the iPhone… not since the Starbucks to-go cups were introduced to tweens has a better buy-on-demand-status-symbol been introduced. They make you look cool when you’re chillin with your homies at WalMart! And hey, they can be pretty useful, too! Case in point: Back in my days as a cub … Read more →

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