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 →

Other Things That Taste Good

The specialty coffee industry was sad to see Jane Rockhold leave her long-held position at Espresso Supply last year when she ventured out into the world to explore her other passion, wine making. The people the most sad about it were the good folks at Espresso Supply, but owner Laura … Read more →

The Hits Keep Coming

Well I’m getting a little tired of writing about Starbucks, but it seems the company is not done making news. First up, the Associated Press reports that after closing 600 U.S. stores, 1,000 corporate workers are getting the axe today. And on the other side of the world, Bloomberg Asia … Read more →

Stumptown Summer BBQ

Portland took a somewhat rudely long time to get to summer this year. We had rain and dark days through mid June. Then we got weeks of fairly uncomfortable heat. Yes, I sound like a big complainer, but that’s because Portland usually spoils us rotten in the summertime, with week … Read more →

Sunday News and Notes

What’s most interesting to me, reading this story in the New York Times is not the heavy-on-the-snark tone the writer adopts. That, when dealing with Starbucks, is only too easy, though admittedly fun, to do. But I find real interest in the customers in the story and their reaction to … Read more →

Sarah Goes Brit—with her spelling, that is…

I’ve been asked to write for The Guardian UK in the past, and my editor contacted me after this recent mess at murky coffee started last week. So here’s my take on it. (The best part of the article, in my opinion, is that they re-spelled everything British, Hoff-style, if … Read more →

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