Giorgio Milos is back in the Atlantic, musing once again on the current state of American coffee. He now believes American coffee is just as good as the coffee in Italy…one hundred years ago.
Despite the hoopla over Stumptown this past week, the real news in the barista world was the World Barista Championship in Bogotá. The victory went to Alejandro Mendez of El Salvador, and coverage can be found here, here, and here. The full archives of video is also available for your viewing pleasure here.
Dear Coffee I Love You has this interview with the recently crowned United States Barista Champion, Pete Licata, just weeks before he goes global at the WBC in Bogota. One of the talents that Licata claims to possess relates not to coffee, but to “consuming really tasty beer.”
EV Grieve reports that the original location of Ninth Street Espresso is closed for renovations. There’s no word yet on what exactly is being done. This is the second time in recent history that the location will be transformed.
The Ninth Street Espresso close by on East 10th Street remains open.
UPDATE: Ninth Street Espresso owner Ken Nye emailed that the location will reopen on Monday, May 2. - Oliver Strand
Congratulations to Wolfram Sorg, the new Barista Champion of Germany. Wolfram is now eligible to represent Germany at the World Championship in Bogota.
Looking for the best coffee in Chelsea? Liz Clayton has you covered for this over at Serious Eats.
Eater.com posts the ultimate guide to coffee snobbery in New York City, which includes definitions of various brewing devices, descriptions of some of the city’s best cafes, and the identification of Oliver Strand as New York’s biggest coffee dork.
This useful coffee map from Mike White (a Times Topics: Coffee contributor) is a highly curated list of Manhattan spots within striking distance of the Northeast Regional Barista Championship, to be held April 8, 9 and 10 in New York’s Meatpacking District. It’s a short list, a baker’s dozen, of the places White feels is worth the journey.
- Oliver Strand
Congratulations to Francisco Atencio for becoming the 2011 Barista Champion of Panama. Francisco is now eligible to represent Panama at the WBC in Bogota.
- Mike White
Congratulations to Olga Melik-Karakozova who has once again become the Barista Champion of Russia. Olga represented Russia at the 2007 WBC in Tokyo, coming in 25th, and now has the opportunity to improve her scores on the world stage in Bogota. For a brief introduction, watch this video clip on YouTube.
Congratulations to Travis Scott of Woolworths Cafe for becoming the 2011 Barista Champion of South Africa. (In fact, he is the second champion barista to come from the drugstore chain.) Travis is now headed to Bogota to represent his nation.
John Gordon is the UK Barista Champion for the second year in a row, earning himself the opportunity to compete at the World Championships in Bogota.