Celebrity Sightings in Germany

Forget Cannes—the big celebrities are in Cologne, Germany, this week for the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe’s Wonderful World of Coffee event, which beings tomorrow and goes through Sunday. If you consider James Hoffmann a bigger star than Michael Cera, or Bjorg Brend a cooler celeb than Angelina, Cologne is … Read more →

Photos from my Tanzania trip

Barista Magazine’s newly redesigned website includes a cool feature called “Media,” where we are posting extended slideshows from interesting trips that our staff takes. Hopefully it will also include short videos in the future (I’ll be recording some scenes from the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence next week, and hopefully Mac’s … Read more →

Rwanda Barista Championship

I was so stoked to get to travel to Kigali, Rwanda, last month to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association conference and also lend a hand to Sanders and Shane in the production of the first ever Rwanda Barista Championship. I’ll have an article with photos about it in … Read more →

Busy Days

Wow, these have been some busy recent weeks for all of us, including the crew here at Barista Magazine. I just returned from a two-week trip in Africa where I attended the first-ever Rwanda Barista Championship and visited the farm, Songwa, in Tanzania that is being operated by La Marzocco, … Read more →

Hola from El Salvador!

Question, what’s even better than visiting a beautiful coffee farm? The people you meet? Well it’s true. They were pretty great. We hiked through the coffee plants, down a steep grade to a beautiful waterfall. And shockingly only José and I bothered to take home soil samples by gracefully falling … Read more →

The 'spro down in chi' town was a hit!

Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and helped put on the October 4 ‘spro down in chi’ town, hosted by Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea.  Thank you Doug Zell for your key note speech and thank you Mike Phillips (new great lakes chapter rep) for your orchestration and hospitality.  Thank you … Read more →

Off to Colombia!

Early tomorrow morning, I’m flying to Colombia. I’m going with a crew from Sustainable Harvest, to their annual event, Let’s Talk Coffee. I’m literally going with them — I think about five of us are on the same flight. We fly into Bogota tomorrow, then spend the night before the … Read more →

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