Nordic Competitors in the 2014 World Barista Championship

Photo by Kalle Freese

The first two rounds of the World Barista Championships in the Italian coastal town of Rimini are over, and the semi-finalists are about to be announced. Like in recent years, all the presentations are broadcast live and made available afterwards. Here are the Nordic champions and their presentations in the order they competed. More »

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A Tale of Two Markets

The Friele Roasting Room

It goes without saying that coffee is an important part of Nordic culture, and that the interest for coffee straddles all demographic divides with ease. It reaches the old, the young, the rich, the poor and everyone in between. However, the supply side of the coffee market in the Nordic countries is decisively split into two very different parts, governed by completely different rules and objectives.  More »

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo

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It has long been a tradition to separate the coffee world championships—Barista, Brewing, Latte Art, Cup Tasting and Coffee in Good Spirits—over two locations. This year, the first two will be held in Rimini, Italy during the World of Coffee event; the latter three were held last weekend in Melbourne, Australia, during the Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE). More »

On Kickstarter: Wooden Coffee Cups!

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Aiming to produce sustainable drinkware, Dryad Coffee of Texas use reclaimed wood to produce cups like the one seen here. Right now they are fundraising through Kickstarter with an aim to eventually produce a range of them, including a thermos-looking takeaway cup. More »

Where Does Coffee Come From?

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Bizbrain and Nowsourcing have collaborated on a lovely microsite/presentation charting the route coffee takes from the time it is sown to when it is consumed by you. It is available right here.

Birdwatching at Oslo’s Legendary Coffee Bar Java

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Hot on the heels of the improbable success of its particular brand of slow TV, featuring veritable adrenaline rushes like real-time train rides and boat trips, not to mention live knitting, the Norwegian state channel, NRK, has launched the evocatively titled Piip-Show. There, you can sit and watch as birds stop by a facsimile of Oslo’s Java coffee bar to enjoy a seed or two. More »