Tag Archive 'barista_championships'

The Birth of the Caffè Latte: Berkeley’s Caffe Mediterraneum in the news

Posted by TheShot on 26 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Local Brew

Today’s Daily Californian, an independent student newspaper for the UC Berkeley campus, published an article on Berkeley’s venerable Caffe Mediterraneum: Historic Cafe Grounds For Coffee and Conversation – The Daily Californian. Sure, the coffee isn’t so great here. But for a place that is over 50 years old and is most often credited as the […]

It’s a floor wax. No, it’s a dessert topping. No, it’s a barista.

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Barista

If there ever was a news article that embodied what we’ve found unsatisfying about how barista competitions are promoted, this one from today’s News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) is up there: More than another cup of joe | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA. Over the weekend, Tacoma hosted the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. Barista competitions may be […]

Coffee’s cutting edge … or just carnival barking?

Posted by TheShot on 18 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

This week we came across a curious video published by Voice of America: VOA News – Seattle: Capital of Coffee Houses. If you wonder why something called “Voice of America” produces video, you’ll question that even more after viewing this parody of a 1980’s corporate training video. But the video is essentially a review of […]

Is “Third Wave” just shorthand for the “tyranny of the barista”?

Posted by TheShot on 22 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

Now that we’ve caught your attention with the sensationalist title, we’ve had a thought that has been milling around in our heads for quite a while. All this talk about a supposed Third Wave in quality coffee (it truly is that hard for us to restrain our contempt for that term) seems to have coincided […]

Microsoft Unveils Barista Barista Revolution

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

We’ve previously posted about the phenomenon of well-heeled consumers paying for the privilege of performing manual labor in food production that our country could otherwise only get illegal immigrants to do. But here’s a new twist on the continued glamorization of the food service industry — yesterday Microsoft announced a new video game for the […]

2008 US Barista Champion: Kyle Glanville

Posted by TheShot on 07 May 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Quality Issues

We’re more than a bit late with the news here, but a hearty and well-deserved congratulations to Kyle Glanville of LA’s Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea for winning the 2008 U.S. Barista Championship (USBC): 2008 US Barista Champion « The Official 2008 SCAA Conference Blog. Proving the West is Best, and giving us some minor trash-talking […]

USBC 2008: The great barista battle is brewing, and how the big boys avoid embarrassment

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues, Starbucks

While I’ll be checking out Barista Coffee in India, Minneapolis will be hosting this year’s U.S. Barista Championship during the SCAA conference this weekend. Yesterday, the host city’s hometown paper, the Star Tribune, published a rather lengthy article on the event: The great barista battle is brewing. It’s a story that’s been covered dozens, if […]

2008 Western Regional Barista Competition

Posted by TheShot on 30 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Local Brew, Quality Issues

With Spring upon us, that means it’s time for the 2008 Western Regional Barista Competition (WRBC): ‘Attention to every detail’ at Berkeley barista contest – San Jose Mercury News. Starting this past Friday and ending today (check out their photo album), the 2008 WRBC performs a time-honored ritual to select a barista champ representing our […]

Coffee Fest, Seattle: Give me a ‘real’ barista contest

Posted by TheShot on 12 Nov 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista

Seattle’s Coffee Fest trade show ended yesterday. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article announcing the winners of its “Millrock Free Pour Latte Art competition” (isn’t that a mouthful?): Artistic cup of joe brings home $5,000 prize. Top honors and $5,000 of prize money went to Layla Emily Osberg of Vancouver, BC’s Blenz Coffee — where […]

Briton is crowned world espresso ‘barista’ champion at Tokyo contest

Posted by TheShot on 02 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Barista

The votes have been tallied and a huge round of congratulations are in order. Props to James Hoffman, of La Spaziale UK Ltd. and jimseven fame (jimseven.com has linked over here often), for winning the 2007 World Barista Championship (WBC) today in Tokyo: Briton is crowned world espresso ‘barista’ champion at Tokyo contest (International Herald […]

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