New Zealand, at the far side of the world, is the furthest place one could travel from Nordics or Baltics. And it really deserves a visit. Top-quality coffee, magnificent wine, excellent food, wondrous nature and its European-like feeling is perfect for a travel and coffee enthusiast.
In June, SCA’s World of Coffee event brought together coffee community all over the world. One of Europe’s biggest coffee events was organized this year in Budapest, Hungary.
Portugal’s vibrant capital Lisbon or Lisboa as the locals call it, is a perfect holiday destination for those who love coffee. There are plenty of fantastic, creative coffee shops and many of them also roast coffee. Baristas are very happy to tell you about their products plus the coffee is super tasty.
Yet another day in the office? Well not quite! I went to London Coffee Festival and it was a blast of novelties, art, coffee experiments, latte art and lots of fun. Here are some the things that caught my eye during the festival. If you're looking for coffee events around the world, make sure to check what's on from our Coffee Calendar!
During the last decade, coffee culture in Russia has changed gradually, which has affected not only Moscow and Saint Petersburg but also the provinces. Numbers of brew bars and craft coffee shops have appeared all over the country, followed by a growing interest in a high-quality cup of coffee.
Let’s take a little coffee trip to Nizhny Novgorod, one of the oldest Russian cities, located at the confluence of Russia’s two main rivers: the Oka and the Volga!
I visited the city for the first time years ago and totally fell in love with, well, everything. Since I have visited regularly. It's a stunning mixture of history and modern, rough street corners next super posh high street shops and of course interesting coffee scene. Russia has been traditionally more tea then coffee country, and when 94% of people drink tea you could say it still is pretty tea concentrated nation.
Profiled and awarded as a latte art guru, barista Ben Morrow’s heart beats to the work done by coffee farmers and to a pot of black filter coffee.
Barista trainer Jori Korhonen evaluates every cup of coffee he prepares but does not pass judgement on cups made by others.
Helsinki’s speciality coffee scene has developed a lot during recent years and it has caught up Stockholm’s and Copenhagen’s vibrant coffee cultures. This Helsinki Café guide will help you to find good extractions in the capital of Finland. Note that this guide is focusing mainly on coffee :)
Matt Perger is probably the biggest barista star in the world right now. He has won so many competitions that I won't even bother listing them here. Now he's pushing the quality aspect of coffee with his company Barista Hustle with e.g. designing the best possible cupping cups, tampers and milk pitchers. I had the pleasure to work with Matt Perger in a secret project few weeks ago, so of course I took the opportunity to sat down with him for a cup of coffee. Here's our discussion about coffee and life.
Sonja Björk Grant runs her own business called Kaffibrugghúsið – a multi-functional coffee company – in Reykjavik, Iceland. She has been involved with the World Barista Championships since 2000 and has influenced the development of the competition’s judging system.
Fi O’Brien and Casey Lalonde roast their coffee in the small town of Upton Scudamore in England. They source their coffee from female producers, cooperatives and those that work to support them. Their goal is to increase female empowerment throughout the chain from farmers to coffee drinkers.
Anne Lunell is one of the few women who have succeeded in the Swedish coffee championships. Since 2007, she has been running her Koppi roastery with her fiancée Charles Nystrand.
Jori Korhonen, Training Expert at Paulig Barista Institute, prefers to enjoy his cup of coffee in excellent company and beautiful natural light. This top expert never interferes with his grandmother when she is making coffee. “I would never have the heart to tell her that coffee should be made in some other way. The most important thing is that I get to spend these rare moments with her.”
For some of us coffee is so much more than just a cup of black liquid. For a young, talented barista and an artist Rusnė Stankevičiūtė, coffee is a source of inspiration. Her artwork is filled with coffee beans and hints from barista lifestyle.
If you're looking for barista blogs to read, these five blogs posts are great place to start! Have fun and if you have any questions, make sure to leave your comment in the comment box :) Click the title to read the blog!
Why some of the coffee shops don't seem to be successful in all the customers and some of them are left without any? How to get people to visit your location and come back over and over again? What makes a successful coffee shop? A successful coffee shop doesn't just happen and there are many reasons behind a successful coffee shop.
Is your friend or a loved one a coffee nerd and you would like to buy him/her something coffee related for a Christmas Gift but don’t know what to buy? Here is my guide for the best Christmas gifts for a coffee nerd!
We'll start a new blog series; What's up in Barista Institute! In this series we will write monthly what has been up to in our working and personal life.