Barista Bash in Charlotte!

Our friend, Jason Dominy, who is the director of training and knowledge for Dilworth Coffee in Charlotte, N.C., is getting super pumped for his company’s event this weekend, November 7–9! The learnin’ part will be an SCAA Skill Building Workshop led by Ellie Matuszak, and the partyin’ part will be … Read more →

El Salvador Barista Championship – Vive!

The El Salvador Barista Championship is underway from San Salvador, and it’s streaming live online. You can catch all of the action here. Sixteen competitors will try today to make it to tomorrow’s final round. Buena suerta to all.

Hola from El Salvador!

Question, what’s even better than visiting a beautiful coffee farm? The people you meet? Well it’s true. They were pretty great. We hiked through the coffee plants, down a steep grade to a beautiful waterfall. And shockingly only José and I bothered to take home soil samples by gracefully falling … Read more →

Sweden & El Salvador

Two of our favorite countries have been the focus of the last week and also this week: Five wonderful friends from Sweden came to Portland to spend three days exploring the coffee culture of our fair city last week with yours truly playing tour guide, and this week, Ken is … Read more →

Beige Champion Visits Portland

I first met Peter Frennhoff in Nicaragua last February when Ken and I toured the country with the Swedish Barista Team. Peter is an accomplished chef as well as an outstanding barista, and a great guy to hang out with. In the picture below, Peter (top left) poses with kids … Read more →

Who's this dude?

If you haven’t ever met him, let me introduce you to Mike White. Mike—of Gimme! Coffee in New York, is the cover boy in the new issue of Barista Magazine, our October/November pub. I’m still catching up on stuff since getting back from a long trip in Colombia. But better … Read more →

The 'spro down in chi' town was a hit!

Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and helped put on the October 4 ‘spro down in chi’ town, hosted by Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.  Thank you Doug Zell for your key note speech and thank you Mike Phillips (new great lakes chapter rep) for your orchestration and hospitality.  Thank you … Read more →

Who's Better, Who's Best

I think it’s always interesting to see what people outside of the coffee industry think when presented with high-quality coffee, or what they believe is good coffee. So this list from Digital City of the 21 best cups of coffee in the U.S. makes for an entertaining read. Many notable … Read more →

Last days in Colombia

Yesterday morning (that is, Monday morning), we checked out of the fancy Decameron resort in Armenia and a small group of us hopped on a bus bound for the farm La Rochela located in the Trujilla Valle, about 3 hours from Armenia. From the moment we got there, we knew … Read more →

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