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The next coffee crisis

Posted by TheShot on 21 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Robusta

One of the long running jokes among the (these days: masochistic) fans who follow Italian soccer is that — at least according to the Italian sports media — teams tend to go from “crisis” to “crisis” several times in a given season. If a top-caliber team doesn’t win for two straight matches, sono in crisi […]

Intelligentsia Wins National Title, then Throws it Back

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista

Is there anything the The Huffington Post won’t publish these days? Fortunately, this includes one of the better summaries of the US Barista Championship, completed yesterday: Todd Burbo: Intelligentsia Wins National Title, then Throws it Back. Congratulations are in order for Mike Phillips of Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago, now the winner for two […]

Specialty Coffee Association Expo Runs Off-Track

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

The Annual SCAA Exposition is upon us. This month — in addition to the usual gadget marketing, major sponsorship from suspect brands, and the U.S Barista Championship — the event organizers have added a new Culinary Track: SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION ADDS CULINARY TRACK | Articles | Beverages. To quote the SCAA press release [pdf, 27kb]: […]

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 […]

Vancouver: Pay up and smell the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 14 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today’s Globe and Mail (Canada) reported on the arrival of the $15-a-cup (CAN$) Hacienda la Esmeralda Especial at Vancouver’s Caffè Artigiano: globeandmail.com: Pay up and smell the coffee. [alternative link: The Tyee — Coffee Hits $15 at the Pump.] Kopi luwak pretenders, take notice. The Panamanian coffee won the 2007 Roasters Guild Cupping competition at […]

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 […]

Towards a segmented quality coffee market

Posted by TheShot on 27 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

The April 2007 issue of Coffee Talk primarily focused on the annual SCAA conference next month. The most interesting article comes from George Howell, president of Terroir Coffee Company, who wrote about the state of the world’s quality coffee supplies: Towards a segmented quality coffee market [PDF file, page 8]. With the growing public awareness […]

Coffee roasting for the computer age

Posted by TheShot on 26 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Machine, Quality Issues, Roasting

It’s no secret that I generally disdain superautomated espresso machines (myself and Howard Schultz apparently included) and the convenience-step-forward/quality-step-backwards home pod machines. So you may get the (false) impression that, when it comes to coffee, I am an anti-technology Luddite. While I have never placed PID temperature controllers on the group of my home machine […]

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 […]

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