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Erna Tosberg – Do We Need Barista Competitions?

The second speaker at CoLab: Prague, held on May 22nd, 2015, is no stranger to our audience: Erna Tosberg participated at our inaugural Barista Camp in Greece as knowledgable AST and all-round great connector. As a barista and trainer working at roestbar and at the associated training school Kaffeschule, both in Münster, Erna has slowly but surely spread coffee excellence in Germany.

Chahan Yeretzian – On Water, Freshness, and Extraction

On May 21-23, 2015, the first CoLab in Prague took place – during 3 days baristas gathered in Prague to share ideas over coffee and food, discover the city and its bursting coffee scene, and to get inspired by talks and discussions. BGE worked together with Tamper Tantrum to bring 6 speakers to the stage. We’re very excited …

SCAA Announces Changes to United States Barista Championship Program

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the organization who produces the United States Coffee Championships, has announced changes to the prequalification system for the United States Barista Championship (USBC). Competitors will be able to register to compete at the USBC, beginning in the 2016 cycle, as follows: Baristas who either hold a level 1 …

SCAA Barista and Roaster Compensation Report Shows Correlation Between Certification and Higher Salaries

The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has published the 2014 Barista and Roaster Compensation Report, which shows that while some coffee professionals are paid only slightly over minimum wage, certification plays a key role in advancing their compensation. The objective of this report, conducted in conjunction with Marketing General, Inc. (MGI), is to recognize …

DRC’s First-Ever Coffee Cupping Competition Rejuvenates Coffee Sector

The first-ever specialty coffee cupping competition in the DRC, Saveur du Kivu, took place with great Congolese and international fanfare on June 2nd and 3rd.  The events were hosted by the Government of South Kivu and the National Coffee Organization of DRC, and the competition followed Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) global standards to …