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So You Wanna Host A Barista Jam?

I’m always excited at this time of year, because it’s when Nathan Howes of Billings, Montana, contacts me about the annual Montana Barista Jam he coordinates. I remember the first time Nathan emailed me—it was few years ago, when he was putting together the second Montana Barista Jam. But let’s … Read more →

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Remembering Emelyne Smith

My heart broke clear in half when I learned that bright, sweet Emelyne Smith had taken her own life last Wednesday in New York City. She was only 31 years old. I got to know Emelyne—or Emmy as her friends called her—through email and over the phone. An aspiring journalist, … Read more →

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Big Growth Spurt In Portland Cafe Scene

While the Barista Mag crew was at BARISTA on Alberta in Portland for a photo shoot yesterday, I chatted with owner Billy Wilson about the progress of his fourth cafe, due to open in October “if everything goes totally perfectly,” Billy said with a wry smile. Then we all talked … Read more →

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