Climate Change and Coffee (UPDATE)

Excellent story from the Seattle Times yesterday about climate change and how it is affecting farmers in Costa Rica. You can read it here. “We want to prove to the coffee-consuming world that we’re doing what we can and ask them to do something against global warming because otherwise we … Read more →

Top Ten?

We just saw this list of the Top Ten Barista Blogs from the Culinary Arts College, and were pleasantly surprised to see that Pasteboard made the cut. We like to see more attention paid to coffee and baristas from the culinary side of things, so this definitely a step in … Read more →

TED, Meet Coffee. Coffee, this is TED.

I was talking to Stephen Morrissey of Intelligentsia at Coffee Fest Chicago this last week and he was brimming with excitement over the latest project he (and many others) are working on. It’s called Coffee Common and it’s a unique endeavor, a collaborative effort between competitive roasters to promote coffee appreciation … Read more →

Hat v. Hairnet

The New York Times has a photo essay up today featuring a number of baristas in the city and the chapeaus they don. Why so many baristas in hats? Well because the city health department has been issuing citations to local cafés saying their baristas are food prep workers and … Read more →

We Heart the Green Cafe Network

There’s a new nonprofit darling on the coffee industry scene, and we think they’re pretty great. Actually, they’re not that new: the Green Cafe Network has been around for a while, but they’re really gaining momentum, and we at Barista Magazine are excited to support them. Check out their list … Read more →

More Pics from Puerto Rico and Other Stuff

Tony Siera, who judged the first round of the Puerto Rican Barista Championship, had the finals off, so he spent the day photographing the event at Coffee Cast. You can check out his photo set on flickr here: Also out today is a list of the “20 Most Caffeinated  Cities” in … Read more →

It’s Conary, Scott Conary

We often write about barista competitions, championships and barista champions, but it should never go without noting that a barista competition cannot happen without the tireless work of many volunteers. Among those volunteers are of course the judges. So it was pretty cool to see this story from the Carrboro … Read more →

Five is the Magic Number?

Well that was another amazing WBC. But while that was going on, coffee news continued to break. The latest comes from the world of health care, and it turns out that coffee consumption can be very beneficial in a couple of previously unknown arenas. If you drink five cups a … Read more →

Activate Your Brain! (And Change Your Taste?)

Here’s an interesting story from the world of wine that relates rather directly, I think, to coffee. Researchers at Cal-Tech recently did a study where subjects were asked to taste different wines and rate them. The subjects were told they were tasting five distinct wines (cabernets) ranging in price from … Read more →

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