Matt Milletto & Kylene Elms Get Hitched

Yesterday, August 11, was an awesome day. Loads of great people gathered to witness the marriage of Matt Milletto (of Bellissimo and the American Barista & Coffee School fame) and the beautiful Kylene Elms, whom many in the coffee industry know for her work with Oral Fixation and Innovated Products. … Read more →

Beach House

I’ve been without Internet for almost a whole week. It was insane for the first few days, then totally awesome once I got used to it. I was in Waldport, Oregon, with my parents and my sister. We rented a house right on the beach and I got to bring … Read more →

A Question of Priorities

So I’ve been back from Tokyo for 48 hours or so now, and in that span of time I’ve enjoyed a lovely pot of Stumptown’s new Hondouran Finca El Puente Matilda, a Tanzanian from Batdorf, and the ultimate decadence of a Stumptown’s Panama Esmeralda Especial. I greatly enjoyed the brews … Read more →

A little somethin' extra

When I went to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to interview and photograph Jon Lewis for the August/September issue of Barista Magazine, I took hundreds and hundreds of photos. Jessica, Barista Magazine’s amazing art director, was able to incorporate an incredible number of them into her layout for the article (partially because … Read more →

Kompai! – WBC Tokyo Shout Outs (Updated)

The little guys pictured about are Jizo, the Japanese patron saint of children and travelers, and as all the people who made the 2007 WBC such a success head home, we wish them all safe journeys. Of course the fact that this WBC was such resounding success was no accident. … Read more →

James Hoffmann, World Barista Champion

James Hoffmann, the barista champion of the United Kingdom, is now the barista champion of the world. James is a terrific person, a great barista and will surely be a wonderful ambassador for specialty coffee and of the barista profession to the world. He replaces Klaus Thomsen in the role, … Read more →

WBC Day 3 – The Finals

Well it’s no surprise by now, the day after the WBC came to a close, who won. But it may be a surprise for those of you who weren’t able to be here in Tokyo to see just what happened yesterday at 10:30 am. First let me set this up … Read more →

R.I.P. Li'l Ussie

When I was 16 years old, my Siamese cat, Tashi, had five kittens. My mom let me stay home from school to watch the birth, and it is one of my best pet memories. I was studying Greek tragedies at the time, so I named all the kittens after different … Read more →

More photos from the WBC are on their way!

Ken is getting his beauty sleep right now, after a late night partying with this guy: That’s the very handsome and amazing Luis from the Salvadoran coffee council, by the way. Luis is one of the biggest advocates of the barista craft, involving his organization through sponsorship in the Nordic … Read more →

It's Hoffmannia!!!

James Hoffmann, the barista champion of the United Kingdom, claimed the World Barista Championship in Tokyo today! Congratulations, James! James edged out American barista champion Heather Perry for the title, while New Zealand’s Carl Sara placed third. Fourth went to the home country competitor, Miyuki Miyamae, of Japan. Swiss competitor, … Read more →

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