November 7, 2022

The Barista League Mexico City 2022

The Barista League will take place in Mexico City for the first time on 3 December 2022. The competition will see 12 teams take part...

October 25, 2022

The Barista League Manchester 2022

The Barista League returns to Manchester, UK on 12 November 2022 to host its barista-stye competition. Twelve teams will compete in three rounds of barista...

September 8, 2022

How can coffee shops hire & retain long-term staff?

For many baristas and coffee shop staff, passion and interest are two of the biggest motivators to work in specialty coffee. However, just like many...

September 1, 2022

Why should coffee competitors go on origin trips?

The World Coffee Championships (WCC) are arguably the most prominent and prestigious competitions in the global coffee industry. WCC events give coffee professionals from around...

July 21, 2022

What is single-dose coffee grinding?

Single-dose grinding has become a popular technique among home consumers and professional baristas alike. The theory behind it is simple: you leave the hopper empty,...

July 14, 2022

How will sponsor changes affect future World Barista Championships?

On 12 January 2022, the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) announced the qualified sponsors for the 2022 to 2025 World Barista Championships (WBC). These sponsors provide...

June 2, 2022

Introducing extract chilling in coffee

In his 2021 World Barista Championship (WBC) routine, three-time Australian Barista Champion Hugh Kelly introduced to the world stage a concept known as “extract chilling”. ...

May 9, 2022

Career progression for specialty coffee baristas

For many baristas, a passion for high-quality coffee is one of the main reasons they work in the specialty coffee industry. But alongside this enthusiasm,...

February 16, 2022

What does “barista-grade” mean?

As specialty coffee continues to become more popular, consumer demands are naturally evolving. People want more from each cup of coffee they drink. As part...

February 3, 2022

Are coffee competitions moving away from Gesha?

Over the past 15 years or so, many World Coffee Championships (WCC) competitors have used the highly-prized Gesha (or Geisha) variety in their routine. When...

September 13, 2021

Customer service, coffee education & management: What does a head barista do?

Much like it will for a Head of Coffee, a head barista’s job description will naturally vary from company to company. Each coffee shop is...