The Luck of the Irish

Well, actually, it’s not luck. It’s damn hard work, training and skill. Congratulations, Stephen Morrissey. Irish Cup tasting Champion, Irish Latte Art Champion and now, newly crowned Irish Barista Champion. Klaus Thomsen (WBC Champion 2006 & partner in the Coffee Collective) and Stephen Morrissey in Tokyo at WBC in 2007. … Read more →

Cloverfield-day!

The online magazine, Slate, has a great story up about everyone’s favorite VacuumPress coffee brewer: the Clover! You can read it here. The author begins by requesting a machine for home use, but then comes to his senses and ends up meeting David Latourelle at Café Grumpy in New York … Read more →

Tragedy Strikes, You Can Help

Our good friends at Finca Vista Hermosa in Guatemala suffered a cruel shock recently. As the farm’s manager, Carlos, and his son, Edwin, returned to the finca with the workers’ payroll, they were attacked, robbed and killed by bandits. Carlos was a father to 12 kids, and Edwin was the … Read more →

Sarah's article in The Guardian

Yesterday, Barista Magazine’s editor, Sarah, was contacted by the Guardian and asked to write an opinion piece on today’s Starbucks closure for employee training. If you want to check it out, here it is: Coffee clash

Baristas for Bikes

By now most of you are familiar with the nonprofit, Bikes to Rwanda, based here in Portland, Ore., which has successfully delivered hundreds of custom-built bikes to coffee farmers in the highlands of Rwanda, where they are used to get cherries to the mill faster and easier than the old … Read more →

A weekend in pictures…

(I.e., Sarah will save her stories about Coffee Fest Washington D.C. for the April/May issue of Barista Mag) Thank mercy for Clover in the morning… Nick and Heather co-MCing? Michelle looks nervous… Nick and his murkies did a bang-up job with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Barista Competition, securing some of the … Read more →

Well, it's a start…

How long does it take you to train a barista? Starbucks seems to think a few hours one afternoon ought to do it. See the post below, copied from the Chicago Tribune’s blog, The Stew: “Starbucks has announced it will close its almost 7,100 company-owned stores across the country on … Read more →

Cheers, Luis—Nicaraguan Barista Champ!

The second annual Nicaraguan Barista Championship, which took place February 1–3, was totally a world class event! Judges from Honduras, Costa Rica, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and Estonia, not to mention 12 locals who got certified by head judge Jose Arreola, were impressed by the professionalism of the 19 competitors—many of … Read more →

Hail to The Pete!

Congratulations to Kaldi’s Coffee, the outstanding host of the Midwest Regional Barista Competition, held in Saint Louis, Missouri, February 8–10. According the Michelle Campbell of the SCAA, Kaldi’s did a phenomenal job organizing and implementing this long-running competition. Bravo, Kaldi’s! Congratulations to first-place winner, Pete Licata of PT’s! Now a … Read more →

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