Tag Archive 'barista_championships'

Trip Report: The Buena Vista Cafe

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

I can’t in my right mind write a legitimate review of SF’s infamous Buena Vista Cafe. Sure, it’s no secret that I frequently dismiss the merits of the coffee cocktail — what people do to coffee when it either isn’t very good, when people don’t like it, or when people get bored easily. Even if […]

Toronto’s love affair with espresso bars heats up

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Today’s Toronto Star featured an article on the growth of Toronto area independent coffee shops (many of which call themselves “espresso bars”, per the article): TheStar.com – living – Toronto’s love affair with espresso bars heats up. Toronto now has a mixture of established independent espresso bars and a growing array of newer ones. (A […]

VOA News – Good to the Last Drop: Coffee Culture Is Alive and Well in the US

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Café Society, Fair Trade, Starbucks

Today Voice of America News broadcast an executive summary of sorts on specialty coffee consumption in America: VOA News – Good to the Last Drop: Coffee Culture Is Alive and Well in the US. Like many things VOA, it’s spoken in slow and clearly annunciated English. Think the clinical drone of NPR presented at the […]

Getting more from your coffee menu

Posted by TheShot on 18 May 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

The business world is fraught with a number of ironies. One of the bigger ironies is that all good businesses must do ridiculous things that detract from the very core things that made them good in the first place. Big, public businesses do this in an effort to sustain the growth figures demanded by Wall […]

SCAA Names 2007 United States Barista Champion

Posted by TheShot on 08 May 2007 | Filed under: Barista

Many congratulations are in order for Heather Perry of Coffee Klatch in San Dimas, CA: Specialty Coffee Association of America Names 2007 United States Barista Champion. Heather entered the 2007 U.S. Barista Championship as a reigning three-peat winner of the Western Regional Barista Competition (or WRBC). Yesterday at the 2007 SCAA conference, Heather beat out […]

Movie Review: ‘Black Gold’

Posted by TheShot on 11 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Starbucks

No, I’m not slated as the latest guest movie reviewer for TV’s Ebert & Roeper. (Though I would love to be backstage to witness Robert Roeper tell his guests, “My show. Got that? It’s my show now!”) But last night, KQED aired a coffee-crisis-themed documentary for PBS’s “Indepedent Lens,” titled Black Gold: Independent Lens . […]

2007 Western Regional Barista Competition

Posted by TheShot on 19 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Barista

Congratulations again to Heather Perry of Coffee Klatch in San Dimas, CA. Over the weekend, she successfully defended her 2006 title at the 2007 WRBC: Western Regional Barista Competition March 16-18, 2007. Also placing were Kyle Glanville of Intelligentsia in Los Angeles (yes, you read that city correctly) and Chris Baca of SF’s own Ritual […]

Great Lakes regional barista competition: No regular Joes

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Barista

At last month’s 2007 Great Lakes regional barista competition, reigning U.S. Barista Champion, Matthew Riddle of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago, defended his title for the right to compete at May’s U.S. Barista Championship: No regular Joes | Chicago Tribune. Tweet

Dealing with coffee customers: Certified Coffee Pusher

Posted by TheShot on 26 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Fair Trade

Some of you may recall just how much the zombie children of the Fair Trade cult scare the bejeezus outta me. Ritual Coffee Roasters barista, Gabriel Boscana, wrote a much more tactful and civil approach to these single-issue customers in this month’s issue of Barista Magazine: FebMarch 07 – Certified Coffee Pusher. It was oddly […]

Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today the Chicagoist blog published an interview with Intelligentsia founder and CEO, Doug Zell: Chicagoist: Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell. Intelligentsia not only boasts some of the best roasted coffee in the country, and the reigning U.S. barista champion from one of their cafés, but they also helped set a […]

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