People in Coffee

Coffee Fest New Jersey Wrap

I’m done making my Snookie jokes—Coffee Fest New Jersey was a freakin awesome time! Seriously, I’m stoked that Coffee Fest will be going back to this location in 2012: it was a short bus ride from downtown Manhattan and—most importantly—there is a HUGE coffee scene in this part of the … Read more →

Things You Learn in Africa

I saw this photo on Stephen Vick’s Facebook page: If you don’t know Stephen, here’s the skinny: after working for some uber reputable coffee companies as a barista trainer, Stephen was hired by Sustainable Harvest to work on quality control at Sustainable’s Tanzania operation. So he went, got cerebral malaria, … Read more →

Best Pizza and Monkey Watching in Town

So I’m back from Costa Rica, catching my breath after what was one of the most jam-packed source trips I’ve ever been on. As I said in earlier posts, this trip was the grand prize to the Nordic Barista Cup winning team, which hailed from Denmark. Along with the four … Read more →

Got Perry?

So I was just skimming through my daily digest of coffee news stories and saw this from the Sun of San Berandino and the Inland Empire (Calif.) on two-time USBC champion Heather Perry. Apparently Heather has been partnering with the Got Milk? campaign, creating recipes for the holiday season for … Read more →

A Truly Remarkable Barista

I happened to cruise by La Marzocco USA‘s blog today, and I’m so glad I did! Gina Palandri of Espresso Partners wrote the most wonderful story about her encounter with a barista named Em. Gina tells the story of an extraordinary woman, who was born with a defect, but through … Read more →

Give a Green Gift to Kenyan Farmers

In an email I received from Diana Roach of ACDI/VOCA,I was thrilled to learn that the organization’s “The Greenest Gift” program has raised $6,000 so far! But there is still a ways to go—the goal is to hit $11,000 in donations by the end of the year. Here’s what it’s … Read more →

The Good, the Bad and the Sad

Well, I guess I don’t know about the middle label, but here are a few stories around the world of coffee that I found interesting today. First, here’s a story from Boston about a couple of new coffee shops that are looking to build a following based on a West … Read more →

Bean There Bike Ride in Jo-burg

I met Sarah Robinson, who co-owns Bean There Coffee Roasting in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her brother, Jonathan, earlier this year in Rwanda. We were both in Kigali to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association‘s annual conference, and we spent most of our time judging the first Rwandan Barista … Read more →

Coffee Producers Invade Portland!

How lucky am I? I just spent the whole day tagging along with 11 awesome coffee producers from Costa Rica, Colombia, Kenya, and El Salvador visiting Portland cafes, thanks to an invitation from my pals at Stumptown Coffee. These producers are here in Portland today and tonight for Stumptown’s Producers … Read more →

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