The Coffee Was The Only Thing That Sucked

My sister and I have made a semi-regular practice of taking our dad on special dad-and-daughter trips to commemorate his “big” birthdays. He’d kill me if I noted his age here, so let’s just say they’ve been hallmarks. The first time — a few years ago — we took him … Read more →

Billy's Moving On

Now that it’s all official and out in the open, we’re raising our mugs to Billy Wilson about the new beginning he embarks on today. Yesterday was Billy’s last day at the Albina Press, the Portland cafe where he has worked since the company’s inception three-and-a-half years ago. Billy’s work … Read more →

Our 20th Issue!

I was having a “staff meeting” with the dog (that means snuggling her on the floor) the other day, staring up at all the Barista Magazine covers we’ve put on the wall, when I realized that our latest issue, June/July 2008, is Barista Magazine’s 20th issue! Wowsers. We couldn’t be … Read more →

Ms. Meister if You're Nasty

(disclaimer, Sarah thought of the title for this post) Once again the coffee scene in the Big Apple is getting huge props from the Grey Lady. This story from the New York Times about cupping features some of our favorite baristas in NYC with quotes from Erin Meister, Daniel Humphries, … Read more →

Hood River Barista Jam!

I waited a bit to post this because I wanted to make sure everyone had the opportunity to read all of Emily’s great post about her time in Wellington, New Zealand. If you missed it, it’s still here — just scroll down below my post. SO! The First Annual Hood … Read more →

Get Yer Coffee on in Hood River

Hood River, Oregon, is one of the reasons people come to our lovely state. Just a little over an hour outside of Portland, this dramatically beautiful spot is one of the top places to windsurf, wine taste and fruit munch — the apples, cherries and pears coming out of this … Read more →


Let’s thank the woman who is making all these regional barista competitions possible, first off. She’s one of my best friends and one of the specialty coffee industry’s shining stars, Miss Michelle Campbell of the Specialty Coffee Association of America! And no one deserves to have a glamor shot on … Read more →

Sarah's article in The Guardian

Yesterday, Barista Magazine’s editor, Sarah, was contacted by the Guardian and asked to write an opinion piece on today’s Starbucks closure for employee training. If you want to check it out, here it is: Coffee clash

Well, it's a start…

How long does it take you to train a barista? Starbucks seems to think a few hours one afternoon ought to do it. See the post below, copied from the Chicago Tribune’s blog, The Stew: “Starbucks has announced it will close its almost 7,100 company-owned stores across the country on … Read more →

Hail to The Pete!

Congratulations to Kaldi’s Coffee, the outstanding host of the Midwest Regional Barista Competition, held in Saint Louis, Missouri, February 8–10. According the Michelle Campbell of the SCAA, Kaldi’s did a phenomenal job organizing and implementing this long-running competition. Bravo, Kaldi’s! Congratulations to first-place winner, Pete Licata of PT’s! Now a … Read more →

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