The 'spro down in chi' town was a hit!

Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and helped put on the October 4 ‘spro down in chi’ town, hosted by Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.  Thank you Doug Zell for your key note speech and thank you Mike Phillips (new great lakes chapter rep) for your orchestration and hospitality.  Thank you … Read more →

Who's Better, Who's Best

I think it’s always interesting to see what people outside of the coffee industry think when presented with high-quality coffee, or what they believe is good coffee. So this list from Digital City of the 21 best cups of coffee in the U.S. makes for an entertaining read. Many notable … Read more →

Last days in Colombia

Yesterday morning (that is, Monday morning), we checked out of the fancy Decameron resort in Armenia and a small group of us hopped on a bus bound for the farm La Rochela located in the Trujilla Valle, about 3 hours from Armenia. From the moment we got there, we knew … Read more →

Last Official Day of LTC

Today is the last day of the Let’s Talk Coffee event in Colombia — it’s been a heck of a time. Tomorrow—Monday—Chris Baca and I will go visit a farm called La Rochella that’s about 3 hours from here (Armenia). We’ll spend the night on the farm, which should be … Read more →

LTCBC!

That means “Let’s Talk Coffee Barista Championship”—holla! We just wrapped up the 1st annual LTCBC, with 6 sets of barista teams preparing 4 espressos and 4 cappuccinos with latte art for each of 4 sets of 2-person judges. It was so much fun! Here’s the winning team: And here’s the … Read more →

Colombia Day 2 and part of 3

I am in love with Colombia, and the Colombian mosquitoes are in love with me. Seriously, I haven’t had this many bug bites since summercamp. But it’s a small price to pay to be here among an incredible mix of coffee producers, roasters and baristas, here in Armenia, Colombia, at … Read more →

Bogota to Armenia

Greetings from beautiful Colombia! After a long travel day yesterday, Tuesday, we arrived in Bogota around 9 p.m. local time. We were beat. We gobbled some hamburgers next door to the hotel and hit the sack (except Stephen, of course, who had the energy to go find a bar). This … Read more →

Off to Colombia!

Early tomorrow morning, I’m flying to Colombia. I’m going with a crew from Sustainable Harvest, to their annual event, Let’s Talk Coffee. I’m literally going with them — I think about five of us are on the same flight. We fly into Bogota tomorrow, then spend the night before the … Read more →

Best of Luck

If you’re a sports fan, you already know that it’s been an amazing baseball season in Tampa. The Rays, worst team in the Major Leagues last year, are now one game away from winning their division, the American League East. This is the division that is home to the Boston … Read more →

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