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People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview with Juan Luis Barrios

What are the biggest obstacles that today’s coffee farmers need to overcome to stay in coffee? Regardless of the size of one’s farm, I believe the biggest obstacle is being profitable on a consistent basis each year. This is quite challenging because there are many factors that are beyond our control: C-contract prices, climate, diseases …

Tibor Varady – On Hiring and Getting Hired in Specialty Coffee

Tibor Varady Colab Prague 2015

We’re beyond excited to release the video of Tamper Tantrum’s third speaker at our CoLab: Prague event last May. Tibor Várady is the owner of Espresso Embassy, one of the pioneer specialty coffee shops in Budapest, Hungary. Having dropped a career as environmental lawyer, Tibor jumped on the specialty coffee bandwagon “arrogant, ignorant and enthusiastic,” earning himself a finals …

Women Farmers Top First Myanmar Coffee Competition

Today we received news of the first national coffee cupping competition, held in Myanmar this past May, where two women smallholder farmers were awarded first and second place in their category and the overall event at Myanmar’s first national cupping competition held in Yangon. Results were announced and trophies presented at a formal ceremony last week in …

Erna Tosberg – Do We Need Barista Competitions?

The second speaker at CoLab: Prague, held on May 22nd, 2015, is no stranger to our audience: Erna Tosberg participated at our inaugural Barista Camp in Greece as knowledgable AST and all-round great connector. As a barista and trainer working at roestbar and at the associated training school Kaffeschule, both in Münster, Erna has slowly but surely spread coffee excellence in Germany.

Chahan Yeretzian – On Water, Freshness, and Extraction

On May 21-23, 2015, the first CoLab in Prague took place – during 3 days baristas gathered in Prague to share ideas over coffee and food, discover the city and its bursting coffee scene, and to get inspired by talks and discussions. BGE worked together with Tamper Tantrum to bring 6 speakers to the stage. We’re very excited …

SCAA Announces Changes to United States Barista Championship Program

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the organization who produces the United States Coffee Championships, has announced changes to the prequalification system for the United States Barista Championship (USBC). Competitors will be able to register to compete at the USBC, beginning in the 2016 cycle, as follows: Baristas who either hold a level 1 …

SCAA Barista and Roaster Compensation Report Shows Correlation Between Certification and Higher Salaries

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has published the 2014 Barista and Roaster Compensation Report, which shows that while some coffee professionals are paid only slightly over minimum wage, certification plays a key role in advancing their compensation. The objective of this report, conducted in conjunction with Marketing General, Inc. (MGI), is to recognize …

DRC’s First-Ever Coffee Cupping Competition Rejuvenates Coffee Sector

The first-ever specialty coffee cupping competition in the DRC, Saveur du Kivu, took place with great Congolese and international fanfare on June 2nd and 3rd.  The events were hosted by the Government of South Kivu and the National Coffee Organization of DRC, and the competition followed Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) global standards to …