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Bicycle Commuter T-shirt Design Contest

Help us design our team’s t-shirt for this year’s Bicycle Commuter Contest and you could win a three-month coffee subscription!

Cold Coffee

Cold Coffee. It’s usually what I find at my desk after I have been distracted by other tasks besides drinking coffee. I pour a cup, I sit at my desk and then before I know it I have cold coffee. Cold Coffee is usually an unpleasant surprise,when you drink what you think is piping hot Read more


As a coffee trainer I am exposed to different makes and models of espresso machines almost daily.  New models allow expert baristas additional options: adjust pump pressure during extraction, pre-infusion, etc.  Yet the vast majority of these machines brew at, or very near, 200F. Older espresso machines, along with some new La San Marco’s, use Read more

Podcast, Episode 4: Relationship Coffee

    Batdorf & Bronson Podcast: Relationship Coffee  Download: Batdorf and Bronson Podcast: Relationship Coffee (4.4 mb) Bob Benck, Batdorf & Bronson’s Green Coffee Buyer discusses the ways Relationship Coffee connects producers to consumers and consumers to coffee’s supply chain. Central America’s harvest is underway and Bob recently returned from Finca El Valle in Antigua, Read more

NW Regional Barista Competition wrap-up

This past weekend, I had the privilege of competing in this year’s NW Regional Barista Championship that coincided with the Second annual NW Brewer’s Cup competition. Baristas from all over the Northwest region ( Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), gathered at the Tacoma Convention Center for this annual competition. Most of the competitors in Read more

Podcast, Episode 3: Barista Competition

    Batdorf & Bronson Podcast: Barista Competition  Download: Batdorf and Bronson Podcast: Barista Competition (6.2 mb) Join Batdorf & Bronson Barista Competitors Chandler Rentz and Emily Jackson as they discuss: Preparing for Barista Competiton The business case for supporting baristas who want to compete How competition improves quality and customer service Their experiences as Read more