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10 Minutes With Nik Virrey

Nik Virrey Owner, Co-Lead Liquid Consultant Matte&Gloss LLC & Director of Education Slate Coffee Roasters & Lead Bartender Liberty Bar All in Seattle, Washington  What other coffee jobs have you had? Barista from 2005–09 Starbucks Temecula, California & Seattle, Washington Director of Education from 2009–11 Zoka Coffee Roasters Seattle, Washington What’s … Read more →

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The Sigep Experience – Day 3

Sigep is a huge show. It fills the entire expo center. By contrast, the World of Coffee Event this summer which will host the World Barista Championship will only occupy one hall of this sprawling place. So one of the things you see near the SCAE-sponsored coffee bar every morning … Read more →

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Fundraising for a Fellow Barista

Our hearts go out to Rhett Harkins of Bloc Coffee Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio: on a hiking trip in the Red Roiver Gorge recently, Rhett slid on 15 feet of hidden ice. He tumbled over a cliff more than 60 feet, and has sustained some pretty severe injuries. It took … Read more →

Barista Mag in the house! Free copies for everybody!

Day 2 at the Big Eastern Barista Competition!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s report from the Big Eastern, we are so sad we can’t be there! Ken is at the Italian Coffee Championships in Rimini, Italy, while I am essentially chained to my desk all weekend finishing up the February+March issue of Barista Magazine. Lucky for us, our … Read more →

If there's one thing David Heilbrunn of Coffee Fest loves as much as coffee people, it's fishing people!

10 Minutes With David Heilbrunn

David Heilbrunn President & CEO: Lifestyle Events, Inc. President: Coffee Fest Trade Shows Issaquah, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? No other coffee jobs. Twenty-two years producing Coffee Fest has proven quite the education. Previously I rose through the ranks in retail with Tandy Corporation and Radio Shack. … Read more →

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The Sigep Experience – Day 1

Today marks the first day of Sigep in Rimini, Italy. The event takes place over the course of five days, and I’m lucky enough to be here for the first three. This is the 35th year for the event that is serves as a celebration, trade show and competition space … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Casper Engel Rasmussen

Casper Engel Rasmussen Roastery and Quality Manager The Coffee Collective Copenhagen, Denmark. What other coffee jobs have you had? I’ve been in the coffee business for 12 years now. My first job in coffee was in a cafe back in my hometown, Silkeborg, called Cafe Evald. It’s kind of funny … Read more →

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