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 →

Live & kickin'

reporting, briefly, live from the floor of the Australian Barista extravaganza that is the National barista competition, the Latte Art, Good spirits and Cup tasting (which i am shitting myself about ‘cos i’m competing) we’re well underway on day 2 of the 3 day festival. yesterday saw the ‘open’ heat, … Read more →

Aussies Online

Hey State-siders: did your date for Saturday night cancel? No problem! You’ve got better things to do with your time anyway! Like watch the Finals of the Australian Barista Champonship live online! The winner gets a free koala bear! Just kidding. . So anyway, you get to not just watch … Read more →

Keeping It In The Family

The amazingly talented David Makin, 2006 & 2008 Australian Barista Champ and 2nd place finisher at the 2008 World Barista Championship, is taking a year off from competing. But just because he’s stepping out of the spotlight doesn’t mean he’s not deeply involved in the game. David, who wowwed judges … Read more →

ZOIKS! Starbucks' troubles continue

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed President Obama’s economic stimulus package this afternoon (not a single Republican voted for it), but it won’t be in time to save 300 Starbucks stores or Howard Schultz’s executive compensation. In a memo sent out from Schultz today, he announced that the company … Read more →

If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap!

Yes, the regional barista competitions are in full swing here in the States, but we’d be remiss not to mention some results from around the world. Today I just read about the Scottish Regional in the United Kingdom, with the winner being a barista who left his gig at the … Read more →

NICK GRIFFITH! WRBC CHAMP!

There are few guys as sweet and humble as Nick Griffith, but sweet and humble don’t win no prizes in barista competitions, yo! So Nick brought the skills necessary to win the top prize this past weekend in Los Angeles at the Western Regional Barista Competition. The photo above shows … Read more →

Coffee News from Seattle

Two stories this morning out of the Emerald City. First, the exhibit “Coffee: the World in Your Cup” reported on in the current issue of Barista Magazine opened at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. You can read about it here. Secondly, Starbucks continues to flounder in this … Read more →

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