Farewell, Nicaragua… Hello, M'lissa!

It’s hard to believe that we’re back in Portland. In many ways, this trip to Nicaragua for me and Ken was one of the most important coffee ventures we’ve been on. Nicaragua is a beautiful, complex, poverty-stricken, vast, friendly, and unforgettable place. It will take me many more days to … Read more →

Back to Managua

Yesterday, the Nordic Barista Cup travelling roadshow rolled through the north part of Nicaragua. We saw a different climate, much drier, than the other coffee producing regions of the country, and perhaps that climate difference is why so many Cup of Excellence winners come from Nueva Segovia. The Nordic baristas … Read more →

Today Was A Good Day

Greetings once again from beautiful Nicaragua. We woke early and packed our bags to check out of Hotel Cafe in time for a training of baristas in Jinotega. Though the city is known for its misty weather, which we experienced when we arrived on Tuesday, today was bright and sunny … Read more →

This Is How The World Changes

Once upon a time, this little village in Nicaragua had no phone lines, no internet, and no way to reach the outside world. Meanwhile across the globe, in Sweden, a group of dedicated coffee professionals gathered for a fun time. To be together, act together and learn together in their … Read more →

NBC Tour Rolls On

Day 2 of the Nordic Barista Cup tour of Nicaragua was another illuminating day at coffee origin. We were lucky enough to tour Roberto’s dry mill, wet mill and his coffee farm. Roberto is one of the first growers in Central America to use raised beds for drying his and … Read more →

Huntin' Season

It’s competition season again, particularly here in the Southern Hemisphere. The Australian Barista Championship will kick off with the first state (regional) competition in Queensland on 9th February and then onto Adelaide for South Australia on 21st February. Following that will be Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales, ACT … Read more →

The NBC hits Nicaragua!

Sunday started off the Nordic Barista Cups’ week-long trip to Nicaragua, and except for a few pieces of lost luggage and a couple of delayed people, it was a great day all around. The winning team of this year’s NBC, Sweden, was awarded a trip to this beautiful country by … Read more →

PCs and Macs Agree: Specialty Coffee Changes the World

Bill Gates made some news today once again proving that you are changing the world. From the annual economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gates made a pledge to support African coffee farmers, specifically those in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. In one grant, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is promising … Read more →

I'd buy that for a dollar!

So yesterday the New York Times runs a story on a $20,000 cup of coffee (see post below) while today the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a story about Starbucks implementing a “trial” of $1 8-ounce drip coffees with free refills at certain stores in Seattle. Why? It’s a response the story … Read more →

A $20,000 cup of coffee?

Well that’s the headline in the New York Times anyway. Cool story today with quotes from our friends at Intelligentsia, Stumptown and Bluebottle about the rebirth of brewed coffee focusing on the really rad siphon bar at Bluebottle and the Clover as it continues to make its mark on the … Read more →

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