Enn Zed Bee Cee

 Far far away towards the bottom of the earth is a lovely little city called Wellington (aka. Middle Earth) the capital of New Zealand, the town responsible for these two:    and this year the home of the New Zealand Barista Championships. Moi, and the 2008 Australian Barista Champion David Makin … Read more →

Do You Want the Rad News or the Ridiculous?

Let’s start with the rad. Our friends at Olympia Coffee Roasting Company—pssst! they’re the same guys as Espresso Parts!—just sent us the most bitchen photos of their new delivery system: Here’s what they have to say about the bikes: “Olympia Coffee Roasting Company is pleased to announce the arrival of … Read more →

Best Name Ever

Doing any sort of traveling demands many hours perusing the SkyMall catalog, and it’s always amazing just what is for sale at 30,000 feet. In previous years, hot dog cookers have been popular with multiple, competing versions available. This is one that our cat, Spacey, was lobbying for: Lately, however, … Read more →

Keeping Up With Kyle

I feel like a kinda loser that I’m only just now figuring out what the Black Cat Project is. Note: it is not this: I remember seeing this tricked out Kees at Intelligentsia’s SCAA booth — shit, it was sexy. But now that I’ve actually discovered the link—blackcatcoffee.com—I’m finally figuring … Read more →

Sunday in Portland

So no, this is not a coffee related post, but it is a glimpse at life in one of specialty coffee’s hot spots, Portland, Oregon. Yesterday was a beautiful early summer day here in the Rose City. Earlier in the weekend, we had been roasted by temperatures in the high … Read more →

Get Yer Coffee on in Hood River

Hood River, Oregon, is one of the reasons people come to our lovely state. Just a little over an hour outside of Portland, this dramatically beautiful spot is one of the top places to windsurf, wine taste and fruit munch — the apples, cherries and pears coming out of this … Read more →

On Another Topic…

Ever wonder what the official food of women is? Turns out it’s yogurt! Now I find this very funny since I eat yogurt quite a bit and Sarah hates it. But as the video makes clear that’s all because we’re misunderstand the marketers’ message. Sorry about that, marketers! http://current.com/items/88941392_target_women_yogurt_edition

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 →

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