30 Days of Blog – Day 20 – The Professional Varista

Welcome to day 20 of 30. You may have noticed that I missed a day yesterday. Sadly, as I have had a few very busy days here in Japan I decided that it would be better to skip a day and (hopefully) make a better post than to rush through a post in 15 minutes. Last time...

30 Days of Blog – Day 19 – Barista wages

Welcome to day 19 of 30. It is a cool and rainy day here in Tokyo, and I must write today’s post quickly because I will be working at Maruyama Coffee’s new Omote-sando Single Origin store most of the day today.  It’s a pretty cool concept, with the intention of the...

30 Days of Blog – Day 16 – Coffee competition ideas

Welcome to day 16 of 30. Today I am on flights to Tokyo for the SCAJ show and a special store opening for Maruyama Coffee. We have had a few US barista competition preliminaries already this year, and while I am in Japan we will have another this coming weekend. It...
Barista competition needs a refresh

Barista competition needs a refresh

It has been a couple weeks since the 2017 US Barista Championship in Seattle, which was in conjunction with the annual SCA Expo. As usual I found myself judging this competition, and had coached/trained a number of competitors. I will leave my pride at the...

Traveling for Barista Competitions – 6 Tips for Success

With the US Barista Championship Qualifying Event quickly approaching here in Kansas City, you may find yourself packing bags and boxes with competition wares in mind. During my competition career I found myself packing boxes full of comp gear for cross country and...