Another busy week on the blog, and another Sunday means it’s time for our weekly wrap-up post, BMag Back Atcha. In case you missed anything, you’ll find links to all of the week’s stories on the blog right here.
We started off the week with a preview of the Moscow Coffee and Tea Expo. Specifically, they set up a pretty awesome brew bar and stocked it with some of the best people in the coffee business to promote specialty coffee to Russian consumers.
Just 2 Days Away! Moscow Coffee and Tea Expo Introduces the Lab and Brew Bar
Then as the road to Rimini and the 2014 World Barista Championship winds on, we had a report out of Canada about the recently-concluded Western Regional Barista Competition and its winner.
Morgan Allen of Caffe Artigiano Wins Canada’s Western Regional Barista Championship!
Following that we had a story about a cool reality TV show pilot shooting next month in Puerto Rico featuring Italian barista champion Francesco Sanapo and some of his fellow baristas as they work for a week on a coffee farm.
Baristas to Work Coffee Farm in Puerto Rico in Unprecedented Event
Across the Atlantic, Spanish coffee pros held a barista competition for baristas with Downs Syndrome. It was the first competition of its kind in the world and 21 baristas competed. It was awesome!
Spanish Coffee Company Creates a Barista Competition for People with Down Syndrome
Back in the States, we had a story out of New York City. Ashley Rodriguez from Third Rail Coffee wrote a report of a cupping and class they recently held exploring Guatemalan coffees.
Guatemalan Coffees: Sweetness and Traceability at Third Rail Coffee, NYC
Then it was time to play Humpday Giveaway! This week’s prize was a sweet set of Anacap cups.
Let’s Play Barista Magazine’s Humpday Giveaway! #32 (October 2, 2013 Edition)
This weekend is Coffee Fest Seattle (where Barista Magazine is exhibiting and sponsor of the Latte Art Championship featuring a $2000 top prize!), and as always there are a lot of social activities that go along with the show. We had a preview post with as many parties as we knew about here:
C’mon, Seattle—Let’s Party! Guide to This Year’s Coffee Fest Nighttime Gatherings
Just prior to Coffee Fest, the American Barista and Coffee School (who also sponsors the latte art championship) had a warm up throwdown at their place in Portland, Ore. featuring a number of amazing latte artists who were on their way to Seattle.
Latte Art Competition Prep & Workshop
Finally, we had another installment of Don Niemyer’s cross-country coffee odyssey as his family travels across America in an RV looking for new experiences, cultural and social education and as always great coffee.
The Rialta Coffee Tour: Living Simply, Drinking Coffee (Part 3)
That wraps up another week on the BMag blog! Thanks for stopping by! Come back all next week for more stories, news and of course another round of Humpday Giveaway!