Barista Pinotage, that is, coffee wine

Our friends who live in South Africa, Loren and Caroline, are coming to visit this week, which is always exciting. Ken just got an email from Loren asking if there was anything we wanted him and Caroline to bring us from Johannesburg. Besides a baby elephant, we couldn’t think of … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance?

I saw this today and couldn’t believe it was true. But apparently, it is. Wow. As basketball season starts tomorrow (Go Blazers!), and those terrible rumors spread two years ago that Greg Oden hurt his knee playing Dance Dance Revolution, if we get any of these machine here in Portland, … Read more →

The Good, the Bad and the Sad

Well, I guess I don’t know about the middle label, but here are a few stories around the world of coffee that I found interesting today. First, here’s a story from Boston about a couple of new coffee shops that are looking to build a following based on a West … Read more →

Ethiopia Faces Drought and Food Crisis

A four-year drought affecting much of the Horn of Africa, including the coffee-growing countries of Ethiopia and Kenya, has led the UN to request a massive increase in food aide to stave off the very real threat of food shortages and a return to starvation levels akin to those faced … Read more →

The DaVinci Kids

I just saw this in the Seattle Times, and wanted to be sure to give some well-deserved recognition to all of our friends at DaVinci Gourmet, the Seattle-based syrup manufacturer and part of Kerry Foodservices. Since 2006, DaVinci has raised and donated more than a half-million dollars to the nonprofit … Read more →

DIY, coffee friends!

In the vein of not taking oneself too seriously, here’s a project any coffee and/or gadget nerd will enjoy… because I’m betting you often find yourself in the position of wanting to watch, say, “Gossip Girl” or “Top Gear” on your iPhone, but it’s just too much work to hold … Read more →

Bean There Bike Ride in Jo-burg

I met Sarah Robinson, who co-owns Bean There Coffee Roasting in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her brother, Jonathan, earlier this year in Rwanda. We were both in Kigali to attend the East African Fine Coffee Association‘s annual conference, and we spent most of our time judging the first Rwandan Barista … Read more →

Barista Mag on Facebook!

When I started my own Facebook page seemingly ages ago, I thought it would be Sarah Allen’s Facebook page, as opposed to Barista Magazine’s Facebook page. But every day, some wonderful barista from some exotic place in the world adds me as their friend, and while I’m thrilled to know … Read more →

Coffee Producers Invade Portland!

How lucky am I? I just spent the whole day tagging along with 11 awesome coffee producers from Costa Rica, Colombia, Kenya, and El Salvador visiting Portland cafes, thanks to an invitation from my pals at Stumptown Coffee. These producers are here in Portland today and tonight for Stumptown’s Producers … Read more →

LTC '09 Final Days

I apologize for the lateness of this post. Let’s Talk Coffee 2009 actually wrapped up on Sunday after attendees were offered an opportunity to visit the coffee farm Selva Negra where earlier the teams of baristas had participated in the Seed to Cup Challenge. Unfortunately, I was not able to … Read more →

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