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Inside Bird Rock

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters has been on my radar since I had some beautiful coffee from them during Coffee Fest San Diego back in 2011. But the celebrated micro roaster had been earning fans and respect in the specialty coffee industry since way before that. Owner, buyer, and roaster Chuck … Read more →

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Education at Peregrine Espresso, Washington, D.C.

Anyone whose ever met Ryan Jensen knows the guy’s a visionary. After doing quite well on the competition circuit for a while, Ryan and his wife opened Peregrine Espresso a stone’s throw from the White House in 2008. [Trivia: what cafe occupied the space prior to Peregrine?] It was followed … Read more →

Top six of the South Central Barista Competition.

Big Central Barista and Brewers Cup Winners!

Well, the Big Central has concluded. For better or for worse, the new format has officially been tried out, and we have the top six from the South Central and North Central Barista Competitions, plus the top three from the South Central and North Central Brewers Cups. Cheers to all! … Read more →

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On the Ground at the Big Central

Barista Magazine Publisher Kenneth R. Olson is in Minneapolis this weekend for the Big Central, which brings four—count ‘em, four—competitions together under one roof. Thanks to the generous support of hosts Cafe Imports and Curtis, the event has attracted a great crowd and loads of excited, talented competitors. The South … Read more →

The top six baristas in the 2013 World Latte Art Championship, which took place in Nice, France. Maybe there will be a U.S. representative in the finals of the 2014 World Latte Art Championship!

U.S. Competition Dates Just Announced

Exciting things going on in the United States coffee community! • THE BIG WESTERN Baristas in the Western and Northwest regions will compete at the Big Western in Los Angeles, Calif., February 21–23. Details on the exact location to come. Curtis to generously host the event, which will also include … Read more →

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