Wild Weather Wrecks another Weekend?

Oy. Well sure, the snow’s gone, but now here in the Great Northwest, we’re under the influence of the Pineapple Express. No, not this Pineapple Express, but this one. So the 40-year record snowfall we’ve experienced has been replaced with rain and temperatures rising into the 50s causing massive flooding … Read more →

To Tacoma!

Tomorrow begins the first (unofficial) day of the Northwest Regional Barista Competition (NWRBC), held in Tacoma, Washington, and hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters. We’re so excited! FYI, see the bottom of this post for a complete schedule. Thursday will see all the wonderful volunteer judges going through their paces in … Read more →

P-Town in the Times

Fabulous Portland Oregon, home of Barista Magazine and the amazing Trail Blazers among other terrific things, is receiving some national attention once again for its coffee scene as the New York Times reports here. And the story’s money quote has to be this from Mr. Matt Milletto: Coffee, Mr. Milletto … Read more →

Light Posting, Heavy Snowfall

(this picture is from two days ago – the steps are now completely covered) So we’ve been a bit remiss on the ol’ blog posting lately, but, we have very good reasons, or a very good reason: Snow! On average, here in Portland we have maybe a couple inches of … Read more →

Coffee as Art, Part II

Sure, you’ve seen the coffee-on-a-napkin art, but what’s the status in the art world of the process of making coffee itself? And what about the artistry of the barista? Well a new installation at the Guggenheim in New York is celebrating the work in performance, creation and consumption of coffee, … Read more →

Big Changes for Jon Lewis

I love this photo of Jon, which I took when I was in Idaho visiting him and reporting on him for the August/September 2007 cover feature in Barista Magazine. It’s taken at the precarious dock outside of the barn in which he and his friend, Malcolm, roasted coffee for their … Read more →

Aussie English

I don’t know if you can get it in time for Christmas, but there’s a new book out about the coffee community in the Land Down Under, and based on the synopsis, I think readers of Barista Magazine would get a kick out of it. It’s called Café Republic of … Read more →

Coffee as Art

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while (of course the Blazers’ six-game win streak has been pretty great too, but this is work-related!). From the New York Times, it’s an illustrated editorial of one man’s personal history with coffee. Artist and author Christoph Niemann illustrates … Read more →

Did Nick Cho Write This?

Just skimming through our local alt. weekly here in Portland, and I saw this “I, Anonymous,” which for some reason (Ok, not just any reason, but the well publicized long back-and-forth from this summer between Nick and his dissatisfied customer) my friend from Northern Virginia sprang instantly to mind. Note: … Read more →

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