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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!

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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 →

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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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MANE at Eight

The city of Providence, Rhode Island, hosted the eighth Mid-Atlantic Northeast Coffee Conference (MANE) this weekend. As a testament to the event’s growing popularity, for MANE 2014 the organizers moved it from its home for the last couple of years at the New Harvest Coffee roastery into the center of … Read more →

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Remembering Luis Lopez

I was traveling last week when I heard the heartbreaking news. Former Nicaraguan barista champion, and generally great person, Luis Lopez was killed in a motorcycle crash in his hometown of Managua on Saturday, August 9. He was 35 years old. I met Luis on my very first trip to … Read more →

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First Look: The New Coava Coffee

On Friday, I had the chance to drop by the new Coava Coffee location at 2631 SE Hawthorne in Portland for its grand opening. The new space is very cool and very different from Coava’s original location. Whereas the original cafe was designed more as a destination, and as a tasting … Read more →

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Bogota Café Scene Growing Fast

I was in Colombia earlier this month working on a story for the April + May issue of Barista Magazine, and I had a few free hours in Bogota before my flight back to the States. Michael Losada of the Colombian National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC)  offered to show … Read more →

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The Sigep Experience – Day 3

Sigep is a huge show. It fills the entire expo center. By contrast, the World of Coffee Event this summer which will host the World Barista Championship will only occupy one hall of this sprawling place. So one of the things you see near the SCAE-sponsored coffee bar every morning … Read more →

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