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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!


Barista Champions at Let’s Talk Coffee Mexico 2016

An All-Star Team of Mexican Barista Champions will be at Let’s Talk Coffee Mexico 2016 Next Week   The popular coffee event, Let’s Talk Coffee (LTC), presented by importer Sustainable Harvest, returns for another installment  (its thirteenth!) next week in Puerto Vallarta. The idea behind LTC is to bring together multiple … Read more →


Ally Coffee Origin Trip

Ally Coffee Origin Trip Brazil This year marked the first origin trip for the winners of the US Coffee Championships and World Coffee Events by new sponsor Ally Coffee. The trip kicked off this week with the participants arriving from around the world to the bustling airport in Sao Paulo … Read more →


Barista & Farmer 2016: Brazil – Report from the Ground

A Report from Barista & Farmer 2016: Brazil The third installment of the innovative educational program, reality show, and competition, Barista & Farmer began this week in Brazil. Ten baristas from around the world were selected to participate in the event. They were chosen after submitting video applications and collecting … Read more →


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 →

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