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Coffee business growing rapidly in Saudi Arabia, says US expert

Ed Arvidson, a consultant with Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup just returned from a week long consulting trip to Saudi Arabia to work with the large coffee company, Bonnon Coffee. Bellissimo has been working Bonnon for a few months, consulting on their quickly growing coffee retail and wholesale roasting business. There was an article published in… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 26, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Killer Café Design

Thought I would re post this article from barista magazine by kyle and I. Some great info.

Café Design

Matt Milletto & Kyle Larson

Photo by Kenneth R. Olson

Reprinted from Barista Magazine

Let’s face it, not to sound too terribly clichéd, but first impressions really do matter. What is the first thing your customers are going to notice when they walk in the door? That’s right, the café itself.… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 24, 2008 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

World Barista Championship/USBC - Downloads Now Available

Nick sent a link to the brand new downloads for the WBC rules, regulations, and other related documents that also are applicable for all national competitions. All metric measurements, etc. will be changed per country, and there should also be a "Guide to the 2009 USBC Rules" coming out soon.…


Added by Matt Milletto on August 18, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Happy 4th of July!

Added by Matt Milletto on July 4, 2008 at 9:22pm — No Comments

Bellissimo wins Award at the 2008 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for WBC documentary

Bellissimo Media Productions wins Award at the 2008 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for documentary about The World Barista Championship

Portland, OR - Bellissimo Media Productions Wins Bronze Award at the 2008 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for The World Barista Championship 2007: Tokyo.

The World Barista Championship 2007: Tokyo,” co-produced by Bellissimo Media… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on June 5, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

bX - Upcoming release on Thursday, June 5 from 9-9:15 p.m.

A message to all members of Barista Exchange!

I wanted to let you know that we are rolling out a new release to the bX network this Thursday, June 5, from 9 to 9:15 p.m. bX will be offline during this brief window.

There are a number of features in this release, including:

1) Forum Improvements. In addition to a redesigned forum, you will now have the option to choose between two styles of threads: "Flat," where replies are shown in chronological order, or… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on June 4, 2008 at 9:12am — No Comments

A Robot Barista? Starbucks to install selve serve coffee bars

After all their latest pushes to express their passion for quality coffee and espresso, Starbucks now is launching a self serve coffee kiosk, without baristas!? This reminds me of the DVD rental kiosks now littering large supermarkets. Will consumers really want a machine to serve their flavored lattes? The supermarket employees are the ones to refill beans and milk it says, and one can only wonder about the "training" they will receive. Will be interesting to see how these fly with the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on June 3, 2008 at 12:08pm — 6 Comments

Ghost Flute Glassware - Barista Competition Signature Drinks?

I am always on the look out for cool glassware and cups that would work well in a barista competition. A lot of baristas serve small volume signature drinks and I wanted to share these beauties. They look awesome and come in Flutes, Tumblers and Goblets. Would be cool to experiment with, and would add a nice visual flare to any… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on June 2, 2008 at 12:21pm — 3 Comments

Want to be a Beer Connoisseur?

I found a great website that does an amazing job of educating the consumer. Here's to Beer, Beer Connoisseur takes you through an extensive curriculum of beer history, ingredients and even beer pairings. This site is inspiring me to explore how to convey this info to the coffee world as well. You do need to log in to utilize the BC, but the Heres To Beer site is… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on June 2, 2008 at 11:26am — No Comments

New "Events" feature added to the site ...

hello bX'ers. I have decided to upgrade the calendar feature to a full on "events" page. I think you will all find it much more interactive and informative. It is also integrated so that you can invite other members to events, RSVP, comment on, set reminders, etc. This is just one of the many features I am working on.

I am calling out to all members to help add events to this page. I am leaving the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on May 23, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Canadian Prairie Regional Barista Competition Live Blog

I received this email from Jason Prefontaine in regards to the upcoming CPRBC. Cool!

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to let you know, that we will be streaming the Canadian Prairie Regional Barista Competition, live from Calgary at the following URL:…


Added by Matt Milletto on May 21, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Lunch with the Governor

Because of our friendship with our attorney, Robert Stolle, my Dad and I were invited to a private luncheon last week with Ted Kulongoski, the Governor of Oregon.

About 12 other people attended and we all participated in about two… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on May 19, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Starbucks' Slutty Mermaid Making Waves

Looks like the change by Starbucks to revisit their old logo is making some waves, I remember this same issue being a big part of why they changed in the first place. Crazy to me that anyone would find the logo offensive. Link to article on Motherjones ...

Added by Matt Milletto on May 9, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Photo's up from the beloved Reg Barber - SCAA/USBC Coverage

Reg Barber, photo maniac and trophy designer, has posted his set of over 1000 photos from this past weekend on his Flickr. Thank you Reg for covering this event in such detail!

Added by Matt Milletto on May 9, 2008 at 12:09pm — No Comments

USBC Champion Kyle Glanville, Intelligentsia Coffee

Can't tell you how happy I am for Kyle Glanville, the new USBC Champion! Kyle is such a great representative and ambassador for the barista community and the US coffee industry. Big congrats to all six finalists, this comp must go down as the most competitive in US history. Here is the video from the live video blog coverage, thanks to the SCAA blog… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on May 5, 2008 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

USBC Finalists Announced

Just watched the finalists announcement, here they are:

Nick Griffith, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Pete Licata, PT’s Coffee Roasting Company

Chris Baca, Ritual Coffee Roasters

Heather Perry, Coffee Klatch

Kyle Glanville, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea

Drew Catlin, Ritual Coffee Roasters

Congratulations to all of the competitors, what an unbelievably tough competition. Best of luck to all the finalists… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on May 4, 2008 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Latte Art at McDonalds ?

McDonalds is now promoting latte art on their new site ... but if you click on the images of the drinks, you will see a latte like one might expect from the fast food giant.

- Matt

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 12:19pm — 8 Comments

Handpresso - and the lonesome cowboy.

Watch for Handpresso at the SCAA show.

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 11:57am — 2 Comments

Barista Exchange Opportunity in Puerto Rico

Hello baristas! My friend and past ABC School graduate has a very successful coffee business in Puerto Rico. She is opening her second coffee bar and is looking for a barista to come and spend 3 days or so on site with her and her staff. Here is the email she sent to me in regards to the exchange. Feel free to email her for more info, could be a really fun experience.

- Matt

Here is a picture of Enid (far right) and her… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

Espresso Enthusiasts invited to 2008 Canadian Regional Barista Championships

Toronto, ON (April 9, 2008) Coffee enthusiasts from across Canada will be gathering to watch some of the country’s best baristas (espresso machine operators) at the 2008 Canadian Regional Barista Championships. Four regional competitions to be held in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver have been announced beginning with the Prairies Regional Barista Championship in Calgary on May 24 & 25, 2008. Masters of the espresso machine from around the country will be competing for the… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on April 24, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

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