10 Minutes With Luigi Di Ruocco

Luigi Di Ruocco Vice President Mr. Espresso Oakland, California What other coffee jobs have you had? [Before taking a position with Mr. Espresso, Luigi was the founder and president of Coffee Bar in San Francisco] These are the only two jobs in coffee I’ve ever had. Mr. Espresso is my … Read more →

Backporch on Newport Avenue.

Central Oregon: Go for the Sunshine, Stay for the Coffee

Story and photos by Bethany Hargrove It’s no secret that Portland, Ore., is a big coffee town. And yeah, there’s a lot of great coffee happening there. But what many folks don’t realize is that the state of Oregon has plenty of great coffee spots outside the city of Portland. … Read more →

And the announcement of the winner...

Rimini: World AeroPress Comp & The Story So Far

Article and photos by Kate Beard This week, the entire coffee world—from producers to roasters to baristas to machine-makers to just-plain-caffeine-addicts—have descended upon the resort town of Rimini, Italy. Sitting at the eastern end of the ancient road Via Emilia, this one-time important Roman city offers sea, sun, sand, and … Read more →


WBC 2014 Finalist 6 – Chris Loukakis, Greece

BARISTA CHAMPION OF GREECE Christos Loukakis TAF Find our interview with Chris here. The final competitor in the 2014 World Barista Championship is the beloved Chris Loukakis, whose success in other coffee competitions is plenty to make him a formidable competitor: he was the World Latte Art Champion in 2011, and … Read more →


WBC 2014 Finalist 5 – Hidenori Izaki, Japan

BARISTA CHAMPION OF JAPAN Hidenori Izaki Maruyama Coffee Co., Ltd. Read our interview with Hidenori here. Hidenori comes to the World Barista Championship this year with plenty of experience, including representing Japan and doing quite well at last year’s World Barista Championship in Melbourne. And once he’s had a taste, … Read more →


WBC 2014 Finalist 4 – Craig Simon, Australia

BARISTA CHAMPION OF AUSTRALIA Craig Simon Think Tank Coffee Read our interview with Craig here. The fourth finalist of the 2014 WBC, is Craig Simon of Australia, who I just had the pleasure of watching compete in his national championship a few weeks ago in Melbourne. Craig has been one … Read more →


WBC 2014 Finalist 2 – Kapo Chiu, Hong Kong

BARISTA CHAMPION OF HONG KONG Kapo Chiu The Cupping Room Read our interview with Kapo here. The second finalist of the day, Kapo’s performance is incredibly complicated and complex—in fact, he has to inform the judges about all of the details of this multifaceted performance. He begins by explaining how … Read more →

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