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Meeting Producers

Last night’s Meet the Producers event at Stumptown was far and away the largest gathering of it’s kind I’d ever been to. It was awesome! Tons of coffee folks mingled with curious coffee enthusiasts, and everyone was buzzing with questions about the famed Esmeralda Special as well as the other … Read more →

Musical Jobs

Seems people are moving around so much these days it could warrant a regular column… • Erin Meister leaves Time Out New York for Counter Culture. • Justin Teisl leaves Alterra for Ritual. • Michael Elvin leaves Batdorf Olympia for Espresso Parts/Oly Coffee • Byron Holcomb leaves Batdorf Atlanta for … Read more →

Friends from Panama visit the Northwest

Ken and I are excited to go to Stumptown’s Meet the Producers event tonight where we’ll hear from esteemed coffee producers Ricardo Koyner of Duncan Estate, Rachel and Daniel Peterson of Hacienda La Esmeralda, and Carlos Aguilera of Carmen Estate. The event, which is free and open to the public, … Read more →

Stumptown Summer BBQ

Portland took a somewhat rudely long time to get to summer this year. We had rain and dark days through mid June. Then we got weeks of fairly uncomfortable heat. Yes, I sound like a big complainer, but that’s because Portland usually spoils us rotten in the summertime, with week … Read more →

A few random thoughts…

What a busy couple of weeks since getting back from Copenhagen, it all seems like a lifetime ago, even though in reality it’s been barely a month. Lots of fun was had getting back to the roastery where I work, tasting samples of coffees generously donated from people around the world … Read more →

Bikes to Rwanda Nor-Cal Road Trip!

Clara Seasholtz, Executive Director of Bikes to Rwanda (BTR), and I—Sarah Allen, BTR Board member and editor of Barista Magazine—are hitting the road bound for Northern California! This crazy idea came about when we were at the SCAA show and US Barista Championship in Minneapolis this past May (where, at … 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 →

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 →

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