Win a Pass to SCAA!

Our friend, Luis Rodriguez, of Cafe de El Salvador, is offering up a bunch of free passes to the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s conference next month, where the 10th Annual World Barista Championship (WBC) will be held! The conference and WBC are in Atlanta April 16–20. All you have … Read more →

Mike Phillips is hella cooler than Jimmy Fallon

I thought it would be the best episode of Oprah ever since not only would Mike Phillips, newly crowned 2009 USBC champ, be featured, but so would the two dudes who saved Christian the Lion! But it seems Mike was bumped from today’s show… for Jimmy Fallon? Yeah, he was … Read more →

And in other news…

We’ve had quite a bit lately about the USBC (of course it helps when events are right here in town) but that doesn’t mean the United States is the only nation to crown its barista champion in the last couple of weeks. Uganda also has a new national barista champion. … Read more →

New Magazine about Drinking

Just received news this morning about a new magazine launching called Drink Me. It looks to be cute and accessible, and also nice for those of us in coffee who drink other things besides, um, coffee. And for us folks in the publishing world, it’s heartening to see new magazines … Read more →

Rwanda Barista Championship

I was so stoked to get to travel to Kigali, Rwanda, last month to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association conference and also lend a hand to Sanders and Shane in the production of the first ever Rwanda Barista Championship. I’ll have an article with photos about it in … Read more →

The Big O!

Replace Tina Fey in the picture above with new USBC champion Michael Phillips and you have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for this Friday on Oprah! Check local listings for the show and watch as the two Chicagoans enjoy some fine specialty coffee and talk about the … Read more →

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Michael Phillips (in center of above photo) of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Chicago for his first place finish at the 2009 United States Barista Championship. Second place went to Nick Griffith from Intelligentsia, Los Angeles. (On the left above.) And Alterra Coffee’s Scott Lucey from Milwaukee, Wisconsin … Read more →

Some USBC scene shots…

You can tune in to watch the live feed from the United States Barista Championship here, but here are some photos from around the room… Here’s the table you see when ypu first come in, where you can pick up a free USBC program. . Trophies by Reg. This is … Read more →

USBC is here!

Ken and I just got back to the office from the Oregon Convention Center, where we dropped off the official USBC programs that Barista Magazine made, as the media sponsor of the United States Barista Championship. You can read it online by clicking the cover at Barista Magazine’s homepage, or … Read more →

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 →

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