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 →

Cheers to Greg Lefcourt, new Mountain Regional Champ!

From the looks of things on the awesome Mountain Regional Barista Competition (MRBC) blog, the latest regional to take place, held in Thornton, Colorado, and graciously hosted by Allegro Coffee, was a hit! Big congratulations to Greg Lefcourt, of Ozo Coffee Co., in Boulder, who won top honors. The photo … Read more →

Alex of The Fresh Pot Wins NWRBC!

It’s funny seeing all the news on my browser this morning about the best dressed at the Golden Globes, because Alex sorta brought our coffee world to that plane when he wore Prada in the preliminary round of the Northwest Regional Barista Competition, held this past weekend in Tacoma and … Read more →

Scenes from the NWRBC

First of all, congrats to the finalists! Dillanos has done a super job with the Northwest Regional Barista Competition, and all these guys are grateful, to say the least… From left: Kevin from Albina Press, Robbie from Zoka, Kristina from Lava Java, Brett from Zoka, Alex from the Fresh Pot, … Read more →

OMG

This by January Vawter, barista extraordinaire for Blend in PDX, originally posted to Barista Exchange. I’m finishing some editing and then hitting the road! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take forever in traffic. But of course, it’s sure to be faster than the route Stephen and Alex took: through Eastern … Read more →

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 →

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