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APR-MAY 2018

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Continued on page 20 PHOTOS BY LIZ OMSEN AWAY TAKE The Barista League Hits Stateside The coolest barista-community event that has swept Europe for the past few years is finally coming to the United States this summer, and we couldn't be more excited. The brainchild of two-time Swedish Barista Champion Steve Maloney, The Barista League is part coffee competition, part hilarious entertainment, and 100-percent community-building. "The feeling of togetherness actually at the event is beyond amazing to see," says Steve, who came up with the idea as an alternative to the formal, expensive, and exclusive format of traditional national and international barista competitions. "It is a competition, of course, but because we have made it more accessible, we see different types of baristas coming, competing, and wanting each other to succeed as much as themselves," says Steve. The Barista League U.S.A. Tour will stop in Portland, Ore. (August 30); Kansas City, Mo. (September 1); Greenville, S.C. (September 6); and Philadelphia (September 8) for awesome and completely unique events that will include fun coffee contests for teams of two, as well as great big parties for the local barista communities. And how's this for a payoff: The overall winning team will join the next weeklong Ally Coffee Champions Trip to Brazil with World and United States Barista, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters, and Roasting Championship winners. Let's Talk Coffee in Huila, Colombia, This Fall There is simply no other coffee conference on the planet like Let's Talk Coffee, the progressive forum that brings producers, roasters, green buyers, baristas, and coffee professionals of all walks of life together in an origin country to share ideas, create solutions, and build relationships. Organized and produced by Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, Let's Talk Coffee (LTC) has taken place around the coffee world since 2002, and from September 20–24 of this year, LTC will bring the global specialty-coffee community together in the beautiful, fruitful Colombian region of Huila. "It's been amazing to watch the Huila region emerge as a rich source of high-impact, exceptional coffees," says Liam Brody, president of Sustainable Harvest. "With the event in Huila, we'll witness firsthand the new beginnings brought about by the recent Peace Accords, and learn about coffee's unique power to create common cause and a brighter future for all." LTC 2018 will go deep into topics including climate-smart agriculture; communicating impact to consumers; market trends and the state of the industry; and how collaboration and eliminating risk can strengthen the coffee supply chain. A endees at Let's Talk Coff ee in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in 2016. 18 barista magazine

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