Robben Island from the edge of Cape Town. Photo by Kenneth R. Olson, Barista Magazine

Losing Nelson Mandela

Though he was never directly associated with the coffee industry on his home continent of Africa, Nelson Mandela—who died today at age 95—and his life’s work as an anti-apartheid icon, social visionary, and one of the most important humanitarians in history, is in fact connected not only to the coffee … Read more →

2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata used a Mahlkönig K30 Vario TWIN grinder to win the international title.

Mahlkönig Redefines the Traditional Advent Calendar

World Barista Championship grinder sponsor Mahlkönig has come up with a unique way to celebrate the holiday month of December: with an Advent calendar. Those of us who celebrate Christmas may be familiar with the Advent calendar, which comes in many forms including the most popular paper and sweets. My … Read more →

From left: Piero Bambi; Guido Barnardinelli of La Marzocco; Piero's nephew, Lorenzo Toscani; Chris Salierno, and Roxana Ursu, both of La Marzocco.

European Coffee Awards Honors La Marzocco’s Piero Bambi

The last few months of 2013 have been good to Piero Bambi, the beloved heart of La Marzocco. The boutique espresso machine company’s Honorary President, Piero was surprised with a replica of La Marzocco’s original Alfa Romeo van at La Marzocco Out of the Box in October. And on Thursday, … Read more →

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Holiday Gift Idea: Cafe Maps!

We’re just days away from the release of the December+January issue of Barista Magazine, which includes our annual gift guide called Best Bar Tools, in which working baristas and coffee professionals recommend the tools they love most! But we’ll be dropping some ideas for gift giving here on the blog … Read more →

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