Home cupping

This morning I headed over to the city (SF, as I live in Oakland) to join my friend and co-worker Drew (USBC Finalist yeah!) to cup with some really good company and friends and coffee geeks Andrew Barnett and Chris Tacy. I really enjoy their company, for real. Down to … Read more →

more Milwaukee happenings

Questions/Comments — jamesfairbrass@yahoo.co.uk I’m pretty pumped for this – I know there’ll be a cupping of coffees from Alterra, Anodyne, Intelligentsia, and Metropolis followed by the traditional latte art throwdown. Short and simple, but it’s surely enough to pass a night away, especially if there’s only one machine and 20 … Read more →

Sunday in Portland

So no, this is not a coffee related post, but it is a glimpse at life in one of specialty coffee’s hot spots, Portland, Oregon. Yesterday was a beautiful early summer day here in the Rose City. Earlier in the weekend, we had been roasted by temperatures in the high … Read more →

On Another Topic…

Ever wonder what the official food of women is? Turns out it’s yogurt! Now I find this very funny since I eat yogurt quite a bit and Sarah hates it. But as the video makes clear that’s all because we’re misunderstand the marketers’ message. Sorry about that, marketers! http://current.com/items/88941392_target_women_yogurt_edition

How to Procrastinate, by Sarah Allen

Ken, Leah and I have a million things to take care of before we take off for the SCAA show in Minneapolis this week including but not limited to: packing, sign making, appointment confirming, hair cutting, dry cleaning, and DVR programming. So why am I reading Garfield Minus Garfield? Because … Read more →

Ragu Bolognese

Congratulations to Chris Baca! I was about to post this earlier, and I’m sure it will be buried by the posts from Sarah and Steve about the fantastic time they had this weekend at the WRBC 2008, but I can’t help myself. The latest issue of one of my favorite … Read more →

Winning Women in Western Australia

The times they are a changin’…… the Australian Barista Championship has reached the half way mark, where last weekend in Perth, Western Australia the regional championship was held to find a representative from the west who will join 8 others at the ABC in Melbourne on May 3-4th. I thought … Read more →

Can we stop talking about Starbucks already?

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: March 21, 2008 Filed at 6:51 a.m. ET SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered Starbucks Corp. to pay its California baristas more than $100 million in back tips and interest that the coffee chain paid to shift supervisors. San Diego … Read more →

The Luck of the Irish

Well, actually, it’s not luck. It’s damn hard work, training and skill. Congratulations, Stephen Morrissey. Irish Cup tasting Champion, Irish Latte Art Champion and now, newly crowned Irish Barista Champion. Klaus Thomsen (WBC Champion 2006 & partner in the Coffee Collective) and Stephen Morrissey in Tokyo at WBC in 2007. … 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 →

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