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10 Minutes With Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson Founder/Managing Director Raw Coffee Company Dubai, United Arab Emirates What other coffee jobs have you had? Previously a Nurse in New Zealand, Diploma in Alternative medicine, mother of three daughters, ran a café here in Dubai for two years prior to starting Raw. No real prior experience, just loved … Read more →

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Barista Kicks by Hiroshi Sawada

If there’s anything that Japanese barista phenom Hiroshi Sawada might be better at than latte art, it’s style and branding. The owner of Streamer Coffee in Tokyo, which are among the hippest specialty coffee cafes not only in Tokyo but globally that we’ve seen, has released a whole line of Barista … Read more →

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10 Minutes With James Klapp

James Klapp Barista La Colombe Coffee Philadelphia, Pennsylvania What other coffee jobs have you had? I had never worked in coffee before Ultimo [his employer before La Colombe] besides my involvement in a roaster-retailer concept that never made it past the planning stage. Prior to that, I was a gigging musician … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Joe Speicher

Joe Speicher Founder Ground to Grounds San Francisco, California What other coffee jobs have you had?  I’ve had very little experience in the coffee industry here in the United States. In 2007, I worked for TechnoServe in Tanzania on the production side of the business. We helped coffee farmers access … Read more →

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Live From Paris!

I’m lucky enough to be in beautiful Paris, France, right now attending the French Coffee Championships. In between watching the talented baristas taking part in the French Barista Championship, Latte Art Championship, Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, Cup Tasters Championship, and—for the first time—Brewers Cup, my international pals and I … Read more →

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