Spacey the cat says we have been doing a piss-poor job updating the blog on a regular basis (sorry dude — we’re kinda spent from Sweden and the magazine)… So, being the resourceful kitty that he is, Spacey took over this morning. .
My good friend Clara Seasholtz just returned from a trip to Rwanda to manage the Bikes to Rwanda project she oversees. This project, the brainchild of Big D at Stumptown, is designed to provide bikes to coffee farmers in Rwanda to make getting cherries to the washing stations more efficient, … Read more →
Baca got married recently! and Steve Ford got married last night! congrats!
This is what happens when you take two boys from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, drop them in Gothenburg, Sweden, during one of the most creative barista competition events in the world, work them like crazy as volunteers to make the event go smoothly, and then comp their drinks at the final party, … Read more →
Hey guys, In addition to Sarah and my written and photographic coverage of the Nordic Barista Cup in Sweden this past weekend, there was a professional video crew on site to create videos withe Sarah playing the host throughout the event. Check them out here: http://nordicbaristacup.com/index2.php?menuid=142&parent=9
Ken and I made it safely back to Portland yesterday (Monday). He spent most of the day catching up on his Washington Huskies football games, while I played with the dog at the park and then totally crashed out. We really had a wonderful time with our friends in Sweden … Read more →
It’s been a tremendous three days at the Nordic Barista Cup, and at the end of it, Team Sweden won a hard-fought crown, ending Norway’s streak of two wins in a row. It’s Team Sweden’s first ever victory in the NBC. Congratulations Sweden! And there can be no question that … Read more →
Some of the scenes from today’s event… . . . . . . . .
A professional marketing and design consultant evaluated all five cafés and has determined that Finland’s was the best! He said they were friendly but not annoying, the design was lovely but not overwhelming, and their tactics were smart and creative for gathering customers. Go Finland!!
You know the saying, “without (blank), none of this would have been possible”? Well, in the case of the Nordic Barista Cup volunteers, it’s really true. It’s unbelievable how hard they have been working, the number of hours they are putting in… honestly, it has not gone unnoticed. . . … Read more →