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 →

Sandy Hon is the Winner!

Congratulations to Sandy Hon of Java Jazz in Overland Park, Kansas, for her winning answer to our first Reply All feature. We asked readers to submit their opinions about what city was the best one for coffee in the world. Now, we weren’t looking to find the definitive answer, but … Read more →

A New Bag

Yesterday, here in Seattle, we proudly released our new packaging at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.  In our on-going pursuit to give more information to our customers about the fantastic coffees we bring to them, each bag features a card giving farm information, varietal, altitude, and exact coordinates of the farm(so if … Read more →

Editorial by Sarah in Newsday

Last week, the editor of the Sunday Op-Ed section of Newsday contacted Sarah and asked her to write an editorial on the recent shakeup at Starbucks — you know, when Howard Schultz replaced Jim Donald as Starbucks’ CEO with hopes of returning the company to its original mission (and no, … Read more →

Hibernation over!

The team here at Barista Mag is hard at work putting the final pretty touches on our February/March issue—we have a lot of treats in store for you! But one thing we’re REALLY excited about when it comes to February/March is how many regional barista competitions are taking place during … Read more →

Holiday Reading

Like most people, I use the Christmas and New Year break to try and catch up on some much needed reading and relaxation. Not having given much thought as to what I might read over the time off I was quite happy when on the Friday before Christmas I recieved a … Read more →

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