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 →

Things that Make Heather Happy

Our friends at Espresso Parts made two-time USBC champ Heather Perry a very special present. She’s competing tomorrow, but you can stop by the Barista Guild of America booth anytime to see her cool new tamper and learn about all the benefits of membership. And yes, if you win the … Read more →

USBC Updates

Yes, that’s World Barista Champion, James Hoffmann, onstage, and no it’s not just because he’s missed being in the limelight. Apparently he’s here in Minneapolis to actually do a little work. James, along with the folks from zacharyzachary, and pals like Erin Meister, Nick Cho and others are taking pictures, … Read more →

USBC Underway

Today was Day 1 of the United States Barista Championship. Twenty-five competitors from across the country were on stage here in Minneapolis at the USBC for the first day of competition. Though I didn’t have a chance to watch all 25 competitors, someone had to set up the Barista Magazine … Read more →

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