Merry Phuong-mas!

Predictably, I will be posting photos of our cats in various humiliating holiday costumes such as Santa hats and tiny antlers. And predictably, I will be telling you all about the Christmas Day Blazers game that a group of 8 Olsons and 2 honorary Olsons and I attended, complete with … Read more →

Be in the Book

Some of you may have already heard about a book being put together by Dani Cone, who spends the majority of her time running Fuel Coffee in Seattle. Dani has been contracted by Sasquatch Books, in indie publisher out of Seattle, to put out the tentatively titled book, Coffee Crash: … Read more →

What's next for Barista Magazine?

Well, it’s been a big week here in Portland, the mighty Portland Trail Blazers have won six games in a row! The first time that’s happened since 2002. Here’s Brandon Roy, 2007 Rookie of the Year and Washington Husky, scoring two of his 29 points last night. And now for … Read more →

Milwaukee Happenings

This post thrills sL for many reasons. It starts with my gateway into Barista Magazine. About 2 years ago, I was given news that my company, Alterra Coffee Roasters, had purchased a new cafe/warehouse space for our company’s new headquarters in the years to come. If you knew this building, … Read more →

Taking customer service to a new level

She was a barista at Joe; he was a drip-coffee drinker. Now she’s his wife and he drinks macchiatos…at least sometimes. Just your average over-the-counter love story! Thanks to the whole coffee community for cosmically convening and introducing me to my husband, albeit indirectly. Talk about your bean dreams! -Meister

Single Origin!

At Ritual, about a week ago, we launched our first SO shots! Baca had been messing around in our ghetto basement lab and finally decided that he nailed the coffee we were going to use to do this. He’s got great taste because he chose our very first CoE purchase … Read more →

Stupid weather…

I was all stoked to take my Swedish pals Matts and Magnus and David on a tour of Portland’s coffee hotspots today, but the darn weather has dashed our hopes. After the three guys spent the last few days in Seattle and Vancouver, they were all set to head to … Read more →

Thanks, Per!

This is my friend, Per, who is the roaster for da Matteo, our Swedish friends’ cafe in Gothenberg: After I complained in my last email about not being able to read the da Matteo blog because it’s all in Swedish and I don’t have the command of the Swedish language … Read more →

Down time? Hardly.

We always like to think we’ll get to slow down and breathe in December, given Coffee Fest Seattle is behind us and we don’t have another coffee event to travel to until January. But for some reason, it never works out that way. Not that we’re complaining however: the coffee … Read more →

Good Grief

All right, it’s not so much that I’m against Christmas (no matter what Bill O’Rielly might want you to believe.) In fact, I think Christmas is pretty great. I love hanging out with my family and friends and having all the good holiday cheer and what not. This year looks … Read more →

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