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From seed to cup – tips from Pete Licata

Posted by Michael McKay on Sep 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Pete Licata won the World Barista Championship in 2013. Along with his former coach Holly Bastin he now runs the cafe consulting and barista training business Licata Coffee Consultants and online bean evaluation platform Roast Ratings. We caught up with Pete to find out what it takes to be the best.

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Categories: Hospitality interview, Tips for baristas

Serving coffee with a conscience

Posted by Ivana Rnjak on Sep 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The number of cafes operating as social enterprises has been steadily increasing, in response to persisting inequalities in access to income and opportunities.

These cafes are filling the economic need for job creation, especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, while running their businesses with a social conscience to promote the breakdown of divisions and inequalities in society.

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Categories: Tips for baristas, Tips for owners

How Counter Culture runs quality control – with Katie Carguilo

Posted by Michael McKay on Sep 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

This week we spoke to a Quality Analyst at one of the most respected specialty coffee companies in the United States – Counter Culture. Basically, she makes sure Counter Culture’s coffee is up to snuff through regular cupping sessions and visits to coffee farms in Columbia, Uganda and other countries. 

Not only does this particular coffee professional run CC's West Coast coffee quality laboratory – she's also a former US Barista Champion. We’re talking about Katie Carguilo

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Categories: Hospitality interview, Tips for baristas

Making consistently great coffees – tips from Paul Asquith

Posted by Michael McKay on Aug 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Self-proclaimed coffee geek Paul Asquith is a barista trainer with a colorful coffee history. He started his career as a barista and manager at the well-known Australian chain Gloria Jean’s, where he worked his way up to become the brand’s national trainer.

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Categories: Hospitality interview, Tips for baristas

Back to barista basics - staff tips with Sarah Leslie

Posted by Tanya Timmers on Jul 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Every week in our staff tips column, we talk to leading hospitality professionals and ask them for their best advice on their topic of expertise.

This week we’re talking to Sarah Leslie, a coffee instructor from New York who has filled various coffee educator roles throughout the years.

She's worked as a trainer at various places doing wholesale classes and other coffee classes, and has volunteered with the Barista Guild and the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Assocation of America).

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Categories: Hospitality interview, Tips for baristas

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