And the Winner Is…

First of all, congratulations to all of the 59 competitors at this year’s United States Barista Championship. It sounds like a cliché, and it is, but it really was the best one ever. The baristas who were on-stage at this year’s event were outstanding, and the volunteers off-stage were amazing. … Read more →

USBC 2008 – Day 2

Twenty-five more competitors stepped up the stage again today for the second half of the first round of competition. It’s the first time in four years that the field of competitors has been completely filled. There are a total of 59 competitors here. The 50 that have competed over the … Read more →

Things that Make Heather Happy

Our friends at Espresso Parts made two-time USBC champ Heather Perry a very special present. She’s competing tomorrow, but you can stop by the Barista Guild of America booth anytime to see her cool new tamper and learn about all the benefits of membership. And yes, if you win the … Read more →

USBC Updates

Yes, that’s World Barista Champion, James Hoffmann, onstage, and no it’s not just because he’s missed being in the limelight. Apparently he’s here in Minneapolis to actually do a little work. James, along with the folks from zacharyzachary, and pals like Erin Meister, Nick Cho and others are taking pictures, … Read more →

USBC Underway

Today was Day 1 of the United States Barista Championship. Twenty-five competitors from across the country were on stage here in Minneapolis at the USBC for the first day of competition. Though I didn’t have a chance to watch all 25 competitors, someone had to set up the Barista Magazine … Read more →

How to Procrastinate, by Sarah Allen

Ken, Leah and I have a million things to take care of before we take off for the SCAA show in Minneapolis this week including but not limited to: packing, sign making, appointment confirming, hair cutting, dry cleaning, and DVR programming. So why am I reading Garfield Minus Garfield? Because … Read more →

The Final Countdown

Man, I sure wish we could add audio to this thing. I urge you to sing along to the classic Europe song as you read… I’m sooo stoked about the SCAA and USBC next week! A week from today, Ken and I will leave Portland and head for Minneapolis where … Read more →

Babies babies everywhere

Ken and I just found out that Ken’s cousin Tim and his wife, Elisa, just had a baby boy yesterday. So that makes us… what? Cousin uncle and aunt? What is the kid, Tanner they named him, to us? Our cousin-phew? We’re confused. Also, Ken is miffed that they didn’t … Read more →

Schultz Sues to Keep Sonics in Seattle

Ok, so this isn’t exactly coffee news, however, it’s important to note when Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz does something right, and it looks like he’s in the midst of doing just that according to this story from the Seattle Times. Of course, it would have been better if he hadn’t … Read more →

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