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 →

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 →

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