Photo: Specialty Coffee Association  If you want to win the United States Barista Championship, you’ll have to give up 80 percent of your life.
Coffee education is experiencing somewhat of a transformational moment. It’s no secret that the specialty coffee industry has been on a skyrocketing trajectory over the past decade. Since 2009, 10,000 new specialty coffee shops have opened, and the...
The global specialty coffee community assembled in the beautiful city of Belo Horizonte in Brazil for a spectacular International Coffee Week and the 2018 World Coffee Championships. From November 7-9, more than 100 national coffee champions from...
Traveling for work: it can be one of the more exciting elements of the modern employment experience. A simple daytrip for an offsite meeting or industry conference nearby can provide a necessary escape from the daily grind and a change of scenery.
Martin Diedrich didn’t set out to fundamentally change the way people experience coffee. He didn’t expect to operate more than 500 coffee shops across six continents. He didn’t intend to be a recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his work in...
People outside of the specialty coffee community have developed the curious assumption that working as a barista is a dead-end job. That it’s a way to earn a little cash between college classes or ‘real’ jobs. That it’s not possible to or earn a...
Urnex is thrilled to announce this year’s team of coffee professionals participating in its Ambassador Program. In its fourth year, the Urnex Ambassador Program supports individuals who share a history of competing at the highest levels of...
The specialty coffee industry is a truly amazing community. It is full of passionate and talented individuals who are committed to achieving the highest standards of their craft, lifting up their peers across the coffee value chain, and providing...
The coffee scene in St. Louis in the 1990s was not worth writing home about. Demand for a quality cup of coffee was low, and supply matched it – there were only about a dozen specialty coffee shops in the city with about 360,000 residents. Each of...
This is the first feature in a new series from Urnex called Industry Icons, in which we will spotlight individuals who have made a significant and positive contribution to the specialty coffee industry. We are proud to call these Industry Icons...

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