Colombia Revisited

No doubt the World Barista Championship held in Bogotá, Colombia this past June was one of the best ever. Not only with the winning barista hailing from a producing country (you can read all about Alejandro in the current issue of Barista Magazine) but with the event held in a … Read more →

A Great Barista, Lost

Brian Fairbrother—one of the longest-time barista fixtures in Seattle—died on Thursday after sustaining head injuries in a bike accident that occurred on August 30. A barista with Vivace since 1989, Brian was beloved by many, from both the industry and consuming side of specialty coffee, and will be sorely missed. … Read more →

What We’ve Been Up To, Moscow Edition

The stories are too over-the-top, too amazing to believe unless I show you in photos. You have to believe me. We meander from the nightclub style Soyuz Coffee Roasting stand in the center of Red Square, to the VIP tent for snacks and vodka. We watch gymnasts ride 4 horses … Read more →

In Moscow!

For the third year in a row, residents of Moscow, as well as Russians from far and wide, are gathering in Red Square for the Spasskaya Tower Festival, which kicks off today and continus through September 4. For the first time coffee is playing a big role in this end-of-summer … Read more →

Nordic Barista Cup Begins! And More Coffee Events to Come!

One of our favorite events of the year is the 3-day no-holds-barred Scandinavian throwdown called the Nordic Barista Cup, which kicked off this morning in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event finds five Nordic teams of baristas—hailing from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland—battling it out in a series of intense, intellectual, … Read more →

Barista Nation—That Means YOU!

If you haven’t yet registered for the incredibly cool, highly educational and super community building event that is Barista Nation British Columbia, do it now! Held on September 13 in Richmond, B.C. (just outside of gorgeous Vancouver, B.C.), Barista Nation is a completely free, one-day event for baristas, cafe owners … Read more →

Gorilla v. New York Times: Over and out

(Reuters) – A Brooklyn judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against New York Times Co brought by Gorilla Coffee, a coffee shop that has become a fixture in the borough’s Park Slope neighborhood. The suit stemmed from an April 2010 Times blog post covering a labor dispute between management … Read more →

Summer Jam

Back when I was a music critic for The Oakland Tribune in the San Francisco Bay Area, there was an annual concert in August at the Concord Pavilion that I would inevitably have to review called Summer Jam, and I dreaded it. Though it actually has a tempting kitch feel … Read more →

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