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Java the Hop Is Amaze Balls

Portland’s Coava Coffee Roasters and their friends at Fort George Brewery out of Astoria, Ore., debuted the highly anticipated Java the Hop coffee beer they created together last night at the White Owl Social Club in Portland. I had been waiting to taste this beer since I first heard about … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Noah Namowicz

Noah Namowicz Director of International Sales Café Imports Minneapolis, Minnesota What other coffee jobs have you had? I was actually hired by Café Imports directly out of school at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul where I studied entrepreneurship. Before UST, I had a brief stint at the … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Dan Griffin

Dan Griffin U.S. Relationship Manager TG LAB Los Angeles, California/Guatemala City, Guatemala What other coffee jobs have you had? Bar back, Cash-ista, Barista, Barista Trainer, Consultant, Cafe Manager Seattle: Barnes & Noble Cafe; Perkengruven (out of business); Irwins Bakery; Cafe Fiore Portland: Random Order, Albina Press New York City: Cafe … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Andrew Hetzel

Andrew Hetzel Consultant CafeMakers Waimea (Big Island), Hawaii What other coffee jobs have you had? None.  I was an enthusiastic consumer before starting in coffee as a business consultant in 2001. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? The people: they’ve (you’ve) all become my extended family. There’s no … Read more →

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Non-Dairy By the Numbers (and Taste)

We are excited about a story featured in the upcoming February+March issue of Barista Magazine called “Got Not Milk,” written by Emily McIntyre. The article explored the constantly changing field of dairy alternatives available to baristas, their applications in coffee drinks, and their specific challenges. To preface this article (which … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Jessica MacDonald

Jessica MacDonald Head Roaster Square Mile Coffee Roasters London, United Kingdom  What other coffee jobs have you had? I have worked in hospitality for about 15 years. I previously worked for a coffee events company where we made coffee at private events, exhibitions, etc., then they bought a roaster and … Read more →

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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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