Coava's Portland Brew Bar on Southeast Grand Avenue.

Catching Up with Coava Coffee Roasters

I have such fond memories of that sunny, fun-filled week in Portland in 2012 when the Specialty Coffee Association of America hosted its annual conference here, which resulted in the most popular SCAA of all time. Beginning a few days before the show, and lasting long after, baristas and cafe … Read more →

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Welcome Colectivo Coffee—Not Alterra Anymore

We’re excited to pass on some news that our friends in Milwaukee, Wisconsin shared this morning: Hello to all our Friends and Neighbors- We want to share some big news with you – we are changing our name to COLECTIVO (co-lec-TEE-vo) COFFEE! Our company is the same; all your favorite … Read more →

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New from David Schomer

We love David Schomer. His is such a remarkable brain in the specialty coffee industry, but even with all those smarts, he is kind and humble, and generous with his praise for baristas just starting out. I used to judge with him at the Coffee Fest latte art championships, and … Read more →

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Office Coffee Doesn’t Have to Suck

Back before I was writing about coffee, I was a staff writer for The Oregonian newspaper in downtown Portland. Three times a day—seriously, three times a day—my co-worker pals and I would leave the office, walk four blocks to our favorite cafe, buy coffee, and amble back at our leisure. … Read more →

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Party On, Nebraska Barista Association!

Editor’s note: Kait Berreckman of Beansmith Coffee in Omaha contacted me in June to tell me about the Nebraska Barista Association‘s Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) scheduled for July 18, and I was psyched! I wanted Barista Magazine to support the event, and the grassroots group, however we could. So we … Read more →

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