Good Food Awards Coffee Finalists!

This is the first year of the new awards program, the Good Food Awards. There’s not really a prize to be won, just bragging rights. In the category of coffee, this is what the judges were looking for: The winners of the Good Food Award for coffee will be distinguished … Read more →

Hey Berkeley!

What’s up, Berkeley (and larger Bay Area) coffee peeps? Got plans for this Friday night? Well, now you do! One of my favorite newish cafes in the Bay Area is Local 123. I went for a visit with my dad last time I was down in Berkeley visiting my parents, … Read more →

TriestEspresso!

While we were at Coffee Fest Seattle, one of Italy’s most famous coffee shows—TriestEspresso—was taking place on the other side of the world, in Trieste, Italy, to be exact. I was lucky enough to visit Trieste back in 2004 for the World Barista Championship, so I can testify that it’s … Read more →

Coffee Fest Seattle!

We’re still reeling from a wonderful show in Seattle this past weekend, in the form of the always busy and fun Coffee Fest Seattle. This year’s installment was even busier than ever—seriously, when I talked to fellow exhibitors, everyone agreed that the traffic was much better than in years past—and … Read more →

Can You Make a $1500 Mocha?

I was at Water Avenue Coffee in Southeast Portland yesterday for a photo shoot, when who should I run into but Ginger Gerhart of Ghirardelli Chocolate! Ginger told me about a really cool contest that her company is currently hosting called the Ghirardelli Mocha Challenge, in which coffee professionals can … Read more →

What Inspires Us

A NOTE FROM RHODE ISLAND… I had an email in my inbox from a woman, Holley Badger, whom I met in Rhode Island a few weeks ago when I was attending the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast (MANE) Artisan Coffee Conference. Holley works at Blue State Coffee, right on the campus of Brown University … Read more →

Camp Pull-A-Shot Video…

Jason Dominy, incoming Prez of the Barista Guild of America Executive Council, created this lovely and fun video that recaps the Camp Pull-A-Shot experience pretty awesomely. Thanks, Jason! Camp Pull-A-Shot 2010. What Did You Like Best About Camp? from Jason Dominy on Vimeo.

Barista Camp: A Huge Success!

I just got back to Portland from the first annual Barista Guild of America Camp Pull-A-Shot—and what an amazing experience it was! I do apologize for not being able to blog throughout the event. Maybe lack of internet was annoying, but if that’s the only problem we really encountered during … Read more →

Good Morning, Campers!

Well, there should be photos and blog posts from the event on the ground in Galina, Calif., but Sarah is having a hard time getting a working internet feed. That said, she wanted me to make sure to let everyone know that Camp Pull-A-Shot is underway and it’s a blast! … Read more →

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