Travel

Best Name Ever

Doing any sort of traveling demands many hours perusing the SkyMall catalog, and it’s always amazing just what is for sale at 30,000 feet. In previous years, hot dog cookers have been popular with multiple, competing versions available. This is one that our cat, Spacey, was lobbying for: Lately, however, … Read more →

Report from Africa

Today I received an email from our friend Shane Devereaux, owner of habit coffee + culture in Victoria, B.C., about how his extended trip to Africa for various coffee trainings is going, and thought I’d share it with all of you… “At the moment I’m in between two semi final … Read more →

Farewell, Nicaragua… Hello, M'lissa!

It’s hard to believe that we’re back in Portland. In many ways, this trip to Nicaragua for me and Ken was one of the most important coffee ventures we’ve been on. Nicaragua is a beautiful, complex, poverty-stricken, vast, friendly, and unforgettable place. It will take me many more days to … Read more →

Back to Managua

Yesterday, the Nordic Barista Cup travelling roadshow rolled through the north part of Nicaragua. We saw a different climate, much drier, than the other coffee producing regions of the country, and perhaps that climate difference is why so many Cup of Excellence winners come from Nueva Segovia. The Nordic baristas … Read more →

Today Was A Good Day

Greetings once again from beautiful Nicaragua. We woke early and packed our bags to check out of Hotel Cafe in time for a training of baristas in Jinotega. Though the city is known for its misty weather, which we experienced when we arrived on Tuesday, today was bright and sunny … Read more →

Heading North

Ken is packing the car so we can leave in about half an hour for Seattle. We’ll get there and set up our booth before we hunt down friends we haven’t seen for a while like these two and (well, not my mom, but Rhiana, Kyle’s girlfriend) and this hippie … Read more →

Volunteer Power!

In an effort to involve baristas from around the world, Nordic Barista Cup organizers offer a unique opportunity to be a part of this amazing event to coffee lovers willing to work: volunteer to help with set up, running, managing, and multi-tasking, and in exchange you get to attend the … Read more →

Welcome to Gothenburg!

We’ve arrived in Gothenburg and checked in to our hotel. Already run into Jens Norgaard of Café Europa and one of the organizers of the event and David Latourelle from Clover. We’ll be popping over to see the competition site in just a minute. This town is very cool. It’s … Read more →

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