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 →

So long murky coffee…

So I saw on murky coffee’s blog that Nick has closed the shop. Yesterday was its final day. I tried to post a comment, but due to some technical issues on my end I guess, I couldn’t get the infernal internets to do my bidding. This is my memory of … Read more →

A Message to Baristas Around the World

We’re super excited about the efforts being made by the Barista Guild of America of late to make the organization stronger, better, more useful, and more effective. The new executive council has pledged its commitment to baristas around the world—hallalujah! And let’s make one thing clear: never mind that “of … Read more →

Need design? Get Pail!

We have been fortunate to work with the talented and delightful Jessica Bernert of Pail Design ever since Barista Magazine’s first year of publication—and now we’re four! She’s been with us a long time, and she and her company have played a major role in shaping the way Barista Magazine … Read more →

2009 WBC Ranking Order

Finals Round 1 Gwilym Davies, UK, 623 2 Sammy Piccolo, Canada, 619.5 3 Michael Phillips, United States, 618.5 4 Colin Harmon, Ireland, 572 5 Lee Jong Hoon, Korea, 542 6 Attila Molnar, Hungary, 535.5 Preliminary Round 1 Michael Phillips, USA, 670.5 2 Sammy Piccolo, Canada, 637.5 3 Gwilym Davies, UK, … Read more →

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