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Coffee Whiz Teresa von Fuchs of Dallis Bros. Coffee to Compete in Coffee Cocktail Mash Up

Teresa von Fuchs, a coffee and espresso consultant for iconic New York roaster Dallis

Bros. Coffee, will percolate a specialty caffeinated cocktail during the second annual

Coffee Cocktail Mash Up, which will take place on Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m. at

Weather Up in Tribeca.

Teresa makes no beans about participating in specialty coffee competitions and

educational events. She was a judge for the U.S. Barista Competition, trained competitors for the Northeast Regional…


Added by Matt Milletto on June 13, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments

Barista Exchange at Coffee Fest

Hey all, be sure to come by and see me in the American Barista & Coffee School booth # 714 at Coffee Fest this next weekend. I have a limited edition run of new buttons as well for Barista Exchange members.

See you there!

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on September 18, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Ghirardelli launches new product just in time for the Holiday Season!

San Leandro, California – September 3, 2009 – Ghirardelli is excited to announce the launch of our newest Ground Chocolate flavor “Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa with Peppermint Flavor”; just in time for this holiday season!

The luxuriously deep flavor of Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa with Peppermint Flavor creates the intense, lingering chocolate experience. We start with cocoa from the finest cocoa beans; blend just the right amount of sugar, real vanilla and… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on September 16, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

American Barista & Coffee School Open Affiliate School in Beijing, China


For more information, contact Matt Milletto: 503.232.2222 | |

(PORTLAND, OR. September 14, 2009) With the opening of an American Barista & Coffee School [ABC’s] affiliate school in Beijing, China in September of 2009, ABC’s becomes the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on September 16, 2009 at 9:43am — No Comments

Barista Vanuatu Competition

I have been emailing with Joanne, who organizes the Barista Vanuatu event which is to be held the 11th 12th and 13th of November in Port Vila Vanuatu. This competition sounds AMAZING, and is open to both locals, as well as international competitors (two competitions). Below is more info on the competition and contact Joanne with any questions. I spent some time in the South Pacific as a kid, and it is the most beautiful place on earth. I want to go!!! :)

- Matt… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on July 27, 2009 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

American Barista & Coffee School Announces New Latte Art and Sensory Skills Workshops - USBC

Portland, OR (February 9, 2009) – Two new half-day latte art and sensory skills training workshops will be held concurrent with this year’s United States Barista Championship in Portland at the American Barista & Coffee School on March 5th.

The Latte Art Workshop led by American Barista & Coffee School Director of Training Matt Milletto and Lead Instructor… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on February 9, 2009 at 9:31am — No Comments

Barista Exchange Partners Discount Series

Hello bXers!

I mentioned earlier this month that we will be rolling out our bX partners discount series, and we have the first opportunity available now. This first discount is offered by the American Barista & Coffee School.

For the next three months the American Barista & Coffee School is offering the following discount exclusively to Barista Exchange members.

Any Barista Exchange member will receive the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on January 14, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Nuova Simonelli Extends Manufacturer’s Warranty to 2 Years


Nuova Simonelli Extends Manufacturer’s Warranty to 2 Years

FERNDALE, Wash. (January 7, 2009) – Nuova Distribution USA, LLC is pleased to announce it will offer its customers the industry's longest warranty. Starting in 2009, all new Nuova Simonelli espresso equipment will carry a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to the 2-year manufacturer’s warranty, Nuova Distribution USA, LLC has a… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on January 7, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Barista Exchange Article in Coffee Talk State of the Industry

Coffee Talk just came out with their State of the Industry issue, and there is an article about Barista Exchange and social media/networking and the coffee industry. I could not find an online version but am embedding the article here in this blog post.…


Added by Matt Milletto on January 7, 2009 at 2:04pm — 2 Comments

Urnex Brands, Inc. / Puro Caff Group Selected Official Cleaning Products Sponsor for Wbc 2009 - 2011

Congratulations Urnex Brands, a bX partner on the news of your selection for the WBC! Check out there Barista Exchange profile and say hi.

January 2, 2009 (Yonkers, NY) -- Today, Urnex Brands, Inc. / Puro Caff Group announced that it has been selected as the “Official Cleaning Products Sponsor” of the World Barista Championship (“WBC”) for 2009 - 2011. Both Cafiza® Brand and Puro… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on January 5, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Happy New Year bX!

Hi all bXers! The close of this year is upon us, and I wanted to say thanks to all of you who have helped build this site into such a great community. I did not know what to expect when I started the site just one year ago, and am so excited about hoe it has evolved and what's in store ahead.

I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a successful 2009.



Added by Matt Milletto on December 31, 2008 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Snow in Portland

This has been the worst storm we have had in over a decade, and it doesn't look like it will get better until late next week. After a night of trivial pursuit and apple brandy toddys, we slept under a foot of blankets last night, hoping that we would wake up with power as many in Portland are without.

Got the chains on the xTerra and we slid down the street to get a hearty breakfast and to pick up some supplies. Plan to spend the day… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on December 21, 2008 at 1:33pm — 15 Comments

Urnex Brands Named Official Cleaning Product Sponsor for WBC

Just received this release from Andrew. Urnex, also an official Barista Exchange Partner, has been named the Official WBC Cleaning Product Sponsor. Thanks Urnex Brands, Inc. for your support for the specialty coffee industry!

- Matt

Urnex / Puro Caff Named World Barista Championship Cleaning Product Sponsor

LONG BEACH, Calif. (December 19, 2008) - The World Barista Championship (WBC) has selected Urnex Brands Inc. / Puro Caff Group as the competition's official… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on December 19, 2008 at 11:09am — No Comments

Happy Repeal Day!

As it approaches 2:30 pm here in Portland, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Repeal Day, save the coffee for tomorrow morning. :)

My friend Jeff Morgenthal has a great cocktail oriented blog and wrote about Repeal Day as well. His site is for sure worth checking out, as he is the king of signature drinks in his… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on December 5, 2008 at 2:40pm — No Comments

Hong Kong Photo Bomb

Hey guys, I just uploaded a lot of my pictures from Coffee Fest Hong Kong, I am also writing a field report for Barista Magazine in the next issue. It was a blast! So fun to meet so many new baristas from all over SE Asia, and to see some good friends too.

Click… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on November 20, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Bosses 'should embrace Facebook er... BaristaExchange'

Thought this was a cool article talking about some of the benefits of social networking sites like Facebook or Barista Exchange. I realize that most of our "bosses" on this site, are also members. :)

"Companies should not dismiss staff who use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo at work as merely time-wasters, a Demos study suggests.

Attempts to control employees' use of such software could damage firms in the long run by limiting the way staff communicate,… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on October 28, 2008 at 11:17pm — No Comments


Very cool! Way to go Martin Diedrich, a fellow bX member!


Oct. 21, 2008

CONTACT: Trevor Slavick, Founder

Little Feet Coffee Company

(949) 929-9133



(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) Oct. 21, 2008… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on October 21, 2008 at 2:18pm — No Comments

Barista Exchange Podcast - #1

Woohoo! We now have our 1st Podcast available! I am very excited to start doing these podcasts every month or two, and will be inviting guests who have insight on the specialty coffee industry from a baristas perspective and more.

This first Podcast features Christopher Nicely Abel… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on September 2, 2008 at 11:41am — No Comments

World Barista Championship selects top coffee machines for top baristas

Press Release from the World Barista Championship Committee:

World Barista Championship selects top coffee machines for top baristas

World Barista Championship UK Ltd. has selected the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia as the official espresso machine and MAHLKÖNIG K30 (Vario and Twin) as the official espresso coffee grinder of its 2009 – 2011 competition… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 29, 2008 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

The loss of a truly passionate barista. Joel Starr will be missed.

Just got off the phone with Chuck Jones and he informed me that Joel Starr, previously of Ninth St. Espresso in NYC, and currently working for Castle and Company in Los Angeles, California, passed away on a vacation in Brazil.

My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends. This is a sad day for the specialty coffee industry and so sad to lose someone with so much passion and love for coffee.

If… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 27, 2008 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

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