Slow Food Fo Sho

I’ve been madly IMing with Brent about the trip we’re going on next week — to the Mexican Barista Championship, can’t wait! (stay tuned for news about this in the next few days) — but each message is tinged with his added excitement (and my envy) about the upcoming Slow … Read more →

The Coffee Was The Only Thing That Sucked

My sister and I have made a semi-regular practice of taking our dad on special dad-and-daughter trips to commemorate his “big” birthdays. He’d kill me if I noted his age here, so let’s just say they’ve been hallmarks. The first time — a few years ago — we took him … Read more →

Bikini Baristas Attack!

Countdown with Keith Olbermann broke the story last night. To be fair, the bikini baristas were provoked. Baristas in Parkland, Wash., who work in their bikinis because, um…, well maybe they also are beach volleyball players? Anyhoo, as they were being repeatedly flashed and harassed by a customer at the … Read more →

Indy Shops Rock

What’s it been like a week since there was a Starbucks-related post here? Well no fear, the Seattle Times is out today with a new story on the thriving independent coffee shop scene relative to Starbucks’ shakeup. You can read the story here. But to me, the quickest summary of … Read more →

The Road to Atlanta

So hopefully you’ve started receiving your copy of the August/September issue featuring World Barista Champion, Stephen Morrissey. It seems like it’s only been a few weeks since Copenhagen, and yet we’re already moving on to determining the 2009 WBC champion. Sorry, Stephen, in coffee as in fashion, Sarah tells me, … Read more →

Escape To New York?

So it’s not exactly Snake Plissken entering the maximum security prison of Manhattan to rescue the President like in the classic 1981 flick. But according to the New York Times, several big-name specialty coffee roasters and retailers are in the process of launching a coffee invasion of the Five Boroughs … Read more →

Meeting Producers

Last night’s Meet the Producers event at Stumptown was far and away the largest gathering of it’s kind I’d ever been to. It was awesome! Tons of coffee folks mingled with curious coffee enthusiasts, and everyone was buzzing with questions about the famed Esmeralda Special as well as the other … Read more →

Musical Jobs

Seems people are moving around so much these days it could warrant a regular column… • Erin Meister leaves Time Out New York for Counter Culture. • Justin Teisl leaves Alterra for Ritual. • Michael Elvin leaves Batdorf Olympia for Espresso Parts/Oly Coffee • Byron Holcomb leaves Batdorf Atlanta for … Read more →

Friends from Panama visit the Northwest

Ken and I are excited to go to Stumptown’s Meet the Producers event tonight where we’ll hear from esteemed coffee producers Ricardo Koyner of Duncan Estate, Rachel and Daniel Peterson of Hacienda La Esmeralda, and Carlos Aguilera of Carmen Estate. The event, which is free and open to the public, … Read more →

New issue, starring Stephen Morrissey

Criminy, how did it get to be August already? Feels like only yesterday that it was June and we were in Copenhagen, Denmark, watching Stephen Morrissey, Barista Champion of Ireland, win the 9th Annual World Barista Championship… As has been our tradition from the inception of Barista Magazine in 2005, … Read more →

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