Weekend of Champions

Another year over, another set of champions have won their way through regionals, semi finals and finals, until there was only one. Tim Adams, former navy sailor from the sunshine coast of Queensland is the new Australian Barista Champion for 2009 and will represent us in Atlanta in about 8 weeks … Read more →

… and now down to the final round….

It was a long day. Needless to say, I did not make the final of the cup tasting, managing only 5/8 in 2:16 and eating nothing but bread all day. The latte art and cup tasting complete, the finalists chosen for the competition tomorrow, shortly after 6pm Queensland time (which … Read more →

Live & kickin'

reporting, briefly, live from the floor of the Australian Barista extravaganza that is the National barista competition, the Latte Art, Good spirits and Cup tasting (which i am shitting myself about ‘cos i’m competing) we’re well underway on day 2 of the 3 day festival. yesterday saw the ‘open’ heat, … Read more →

Cheers to Greg Lefcourt, new Mountain Regional Champ!

From the looks of things on the awesome Mountain Regional Barista Competition (MRBC) blog, the latest regional to take place, held in Thornton, Colorado, and graciously hosted by Allegro Coffee, was a hit! Big congratulations to Greg Lefcourt, of Ozo Coffee Co., in Boulder, who won top honors. The photo … Read more →

Scenes from the NWRBC

First of all, congrats to the finalists! Dillanos has done a super job with the Northwest Regional Barista Competition, and all these guys are grateful, to say the least… From left: Kevin from Albina Press, Robbie from Zoka, Kristina from Lava Java, Brett from Zoka, Alex from the Fresh Pot, … Read more →


This by January Vawter, barista extraordinaire for Blend in PDX, originally posted to Barista Exchange. I’m finishing some editing and then hitting the road! Here’s to hoping it doesn’t take forever in traffic. But of course, it’s sure to be faster than the route Stephen and Alex took: through Eastern … Read more →

Big Changes for Jon Lewis

I love this photo of Jon, which I took when I was in Idaho visiting him and reporting on him for the August/September 2007 cover feature in Barista Magazine. It’s taken at the precarious dock outside of the barn in which he and his friend, Malcolm, roasted coffee for their … Read more →

Buy Another Latte, Cheapskate!

From the NY Times blog, Freakonomics, comes another round of the (Internet) age-old discussion, is offering free wi-fi a good thing for cafés? It’s a lively discussion, and it’s spurred on by the strategy of a café in Holland which offers free wi-fi, but frequently changes the name of its … Read more →

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