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Kenneth R. Olson is co-founder and publisher of Barista Magazine the worldwide trade magazine for the professional coffee community. He has written extensively about specialty coffee, traveled near and far for stories, activities, and fun, and been invited to present on topics important to coffee culture. He is also an avid fan of the Portland Trail Blazers and the Washington Huskies. Go Blazers! Go Dawgs!


Stumptown and the Trail Blazers Chris McGowan

Trail Blazers President Chris McGowan visits Stumptown Coffee Roasters At long last, the Portland Trail Blazers return to the court tonight for their first pre-season game of the 2015-2016 National Basketball Association season. The roster is a little different from last year’s, and the streak of back-to-back seasons of more … Read more →


European Barista Camp 2015

European Barista Camp 2015 Delivers Education, Entertainment and Community The second European Barista Camp came to a close today in Riccione, Italy, with attendees spending the morning taking their certification exams before grabbing a shuttle back to Bologna and points beyond. Building off the success of last year’s Barista Guild … Read more →


Barista Camp Europe Returns

Barista Camp Europe Returns for 2015 This week for three full days, baristas and coffee professionals from across Europe and around the world will gather on the Italian Adriatic coast in Riccione for the second installment of European Barista Camp. The camp runs from the 23-26 of September. Last year, … Read more →


New Generation Coffee Camp to Continue

Antioquia’s innovative New Generation Coffee Camp will be extended! Earlier this summer, I had the chance to attend the Third New Generation Coffee Camp in Antioquia, Colombia. The camp brings 1,000 young coffee farmers (aged 20-30) together for three days of education, coffee exploration, and community building. Held on the … Read more →


Daterra Welcomes Barista Champions

Famed Brazilian Producer Daterra Welcomes Barista Champions for an Unforgettable Week Exploring Coffee! For the second year in a row, Daterra Coffee, invited the six finalists from the World Barista Championship to visit their farm in Cerrado, Minas Gerias, Brazil to experience coffee production firsthand. Three of the six finalists … Read more →


Medellin’s Growing Specialty Coffee Scene

Medellin, Colombia boasts some new top-flight specialty coffee cafés I was fortunate enough to visit Antioquia last week to attend the New Generation of Coffee Growers camp, and along the way I got to spend a little time visiting some new cafés in the region’s capital, Medellin. Not too long … Read more →

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