Beth Ann, friend Alejandrina, and other friends in Peru

10 Minutes With Beth Ann Casperson

Beth Ann Caspersen Quality Control Manager Equal Exchange West Bridgewater, Massachusetts What other coffee jobs have you had? Equal Exchange; 15 years Organic Products Trading (now part of Coffee Holding), Vancouver, Washington;  1 year What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Oh, so many things! I do a lot … Read more →

getting the scoop on the cooperative, san juan de atitlan guatemala

10 Minutes With Hannah Popish

Hannah Popish Coffee Buyer’s Agent Counter Culture Coffee Durham, North Carolina What other coffee jobs have you had? This is my first… unless you count volunteering at a café called La Taza when I lived in Honduras and there was a dearth of work to do at Habitat for Humanity. … Read more →


Coffee Producers’ Soccer Tourney in Costa Rica

It doesn’t always have to be about coffee, you know. People who love great coffee tend to share other interests, as well, we’ve found, be it music tastes, favorite books, and even games we love. The team at Café Imports, for example, loves soccer, which happens to be the very most … Read more →


10 Minutes With David & Mae Clark

David + Mae Clark Founders, Tasters, and Writers Purista Coffee Co. Tacoma, Washington What other coffee jobs have you had? Mae’s first job, in 2007, was as a barista at a ‘coffee shop’ that was also a video rental store, in a town with a population of less than 1,000. … Read more →


Audio Cafe: Our Pal Levi Has a Podcast

Podcasts are seemingly made for baristas—how cool is it to listen as you clean up at the end of a shift? We at Barista Magazine do most of our podcast listening while driving or taking our dog on walks. However you do it, podcasts—especially ones tailor made for the coffee community—almost … Read more →


10 Minutes With Joe Tynan

Joe Tynan Head Roaster/Green Buyer Code Black Coffee Melbourne, Australia   What other coffee jobs have you had? Head Roaster/Trainer/Green Buyer, St Ali. Barista/Roaster, Proud Mary Barista/Roaster, Veneziano Plus a handful of barista gigs before these. What’s your favorite part about working in coffee? Talk about a meaning of life … Read more →


3 Cheers for Swedish Regional Barista Champ Alexander Ruas!

We would love to publish news of more regional barista competitions happening around the world—it ain’t all about the United States, ya know! So when our old friend—and Barista Magazine contributor—Alexander Ruas won the Eastern Regional Swedish Barista Cup yesterday, I was excited to share the news here on our blog! … Read more →

Cupping in China

10 Minutes With Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo Pereira Specialty Coffee Manager Ally Coffee Fort Lauderdale, Florida & Co-owner Due South Coffee Roasters Greenville, South Carolina What other coffee jobs have you had? I started in coffee in the summer of 2008. That’s when I launched BRASC Coffee Importers focusing on specialty green coffee beans from my … Read more →

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