Lessons from the Oregon Wine Industry

Last week’s meeting with Congressman Earl Blumenauer brought a couple of esteemed members of the Oregon wine industry in to meet with the local coffee roaster and retailing community. The Congressman had said in prior Roasters Forums that he felt there were a lot of similarities between the two groups … Read more →

Ronny of Belgium—who placed third in the World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship—makes me one of his internationally celebrated drinks.

When Baristas Party In Italy

We who work in the coffee industry—as baristas, roasters, cuppers, cafe owners, and even the few like me who get to write about them for a living—have it pretty good, for a lot of reasons. But one of the best reasons is the way we celebrate together. Perhaps one of … Read more →

Charlie took sixth place at what was perhaps the most competitive USBC ever—congratulations, Charlie!

From the Mind of USBC Finalist Charlie Habegger

When the ranking for the 2013 United States Barista Championship had been announced, the finalists looked just exhausted, so we wanted to give them some space to be with their friends and family, and decompress. Since then, I’ve been able to chat with all six of them about what was … Read more →

The National Latte Art Champions have fun pouring for and against each other during the open practice session.

More from Day 1 of DC Campus, Milano!

It took only an hour or two for the baristas assembled in Milan for the DC Campus event this weekend to warm up as though they were old friends. Though most had never met before this, their shared passion for coffee and craftsmanship brought them together in a spectacular way. Here … Read more →

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