Napa Daze

We blew into Napa late in the afternoon on Saturday, and hit Naya’s (of Ritual) 30th birthday party full force. Hosted by Grayson at his lovely riverside house, the party was slammin with the first taste of the incredible foods of Napa that we would enjoy for the next two … Read more →

Hit it!

After an excruciating time spent at the Hertz rental car counter this morning, Clara and I finally got hold of our rental Prius and cruised on out of Portland, Northern California in our sights. To be fair, we were pleased that Hertz actually had the Prius for us (think of … Read more →

Bikes to Rwanda Nor-Cal Road Trip!

Clara Seasholtz, Executive Director of Bikes to Rwanda (BTR), and I—Sarah Allen, BTR Board member and editor of Barista Magazine—are hitting the road bound for Northern California! This crazy idea came about when we were at the SCAA show and US Barista Championship in Minneapolis this past May (where, at … Read more →

Starbucks Tough Times

Cylon invasion? Series cancellation? Well, I guess it’s not quite the same as humanity being decimated by a nuclear assault by the mechanical armies of its own creation, but it’s news nonetheless as a bad economy brings a tough summer for that other Starbuck. The Associated Press reports that Starbucks … Read more →

Biking To Work Is Great!

The few of you that may follow my personal blog are fully aware that I’m terrible at updating the thing. That isn’t to say that much has not happened to M’lissa and I since my last post. Hopefully you’ve all been following M’lissa’s new(ish) blog where she has been much … Read more →

That Last Crazy Night

After the end of Sunday’s monumental World Barista Championship Awards Ceremony, everyone was flying on pure adrenaline. It had been a long, hyper intense day of finalist performances, and emotions and the noise level were both running high — especially for this guy (2008 WBC Champ Stephen Morrissey addresses the … Read more →

THE FINALS!

Here we are! It’s crazy to believe that we made it to this point after three long days of preliminary competition. There are probably 1000 people packed into this small, tight room. First things first: the judges are: WBC Final Round Judges Head Judge: Justin Metcalf, Australia Technical Judge: Arthur … Read more →

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