Oh, Canada!

So President Obama made his first official visit to a foreign country today, choosing as his first stop Ottawa, seat of government for the country which shares with the US of A the longest unarmed border in the world among many other terrific things, such as the National Basketball Assciation … Read more →

Local Barista Gets Some Love

A young, local barista here in Portland, Oregon is opening his own shop, and he’s already drawing interest from the local media. In a cool twist, the café will offer not just local favorite Stumptown, but have two rotating coffees available as well. To start with those coffees will be … Read more →

Saturday News and Notes

A couple of newsworthy notes to pass along on a Saturday. First, the second-to-last regional for the USBC is underway in Atlanta this weekend. The Southeast Regional, won last year by Lem Butler (BMag’s June/July 08 cover story), is up for grabs. You can watch live video of it here. … Read more →

Looking for Love in Pittsburgh?

Sure they’ve got the 6-time Super Bowl champion Steelers, and lord know that makes my brother happy, but to me Pittsburgh will always be home to Prof. Grady Tripp. But the point of this post is not about either the Steelers or the Wonder Boys it’s actually coffee-related. Aldo Coffee … Read more →

We're thinking of you, Aussies!

Just one week ago, Emily Oak was updating the blog with reports from the Australian Barista Championship, unfortunately, Australia today is back in the news as wildfires race across the state of Victoria and immolate forests, homes and whole towns. Most terrible of all, it appears that at least some … Read more →

What Recession, Eh?

Ok, so we’ve had quite a few posts here lately about the trails and tribulations at Starbucks (not to mention their many other newsworthy actions over past year, that’s you, Clover!). But of course there are other coffee businesses out there and many of them are doing things other than … Read more →

Official USBC Website is UP!

Check it out here. And get your poking stick ready because open registration begins on February 4! In what looks to be some of the busiest days in U.S. barista competition history, we still have four regional competitions to go before the United States Barista Championship kicks off March 5 … Read more →

Weekend of Champions

Another year over, another set of champions have won their way through regionals, semi finals and finals, until there was only one. Tim Adams, former navy sailor from the sunshine coast of Queensland is the new Australian Barista Champion for 2009 and will represent us in Atlanta in about 8 weeks … Read more →

… and now down to the final round….

It was a long day. Needless to say, I did not make the final of the cup tasting, managing only 5/8 in 2:16 and eating nothing but bread all day. The latte art and cup tasting complete, the finalists chosen for the competition tomorrow, shortly after 6pm Queensland time (which … Read more →

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