Recession Busting (Stateside version)

Ok, so we’ve had a couple posts in recent weeks about coffee shops in our northern neighbor, Canada, opening amidst tough economic times, and now we’ve got one a little closer to home.  This story, out of the Seattle Times, reports on the upswing of new shops opening in the … Read more →

Out of Retirement

It’s official. Carl Sara is back. In Christchurch New Zealand today, against 7 other finalists, Carl took out the New Zealand Barista Championship crown for the 4th time. Carl is 3 times WBC finalist, having placed 6th, 4th and 3rd in his last three attempts. Could this be his year? … Read more →

Live, NOW!

It’s a long way from everywhere but they coffee is damn good!   New Zealand National Barista Finals – http://www.mogulus.com/nzbc    Winner is announced New Zealand time 5:30pm – can Carl Sara make it to his 4th WBC?    

Busy Days

Wow, these have been some busy recent weeks for all of us, including the crew here at Barista Magazine. I just returned from a two-week trip in Africa where I attended the first-ever Rwanda Barista Championship and visited the farm, Songwa, in Tanzania that is being operated by La Marzocco, … Read more →

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 →

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