The People

Cafento Organizes Barista Championships for those with Down Syndrome

April 14, 2014

Fifty people with Down syndrome will be trained as coffee specialists during 2014 in order to take part in four Barista Championships in Spain. The first championship, I Down Barista Championship of Andalucía, took place March 21st, the World Down Syndrome Day. Asturias, Galicia and Valencia will follow. Down Barista Championships are organized by Cafento, […]

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Great Coffee, Greater Purpose: Driven Coffee

February 24, 2014

The specialty coffee in industry is known for its dedication to delivering great-tasting coffees  to consumers, while  doing good in the community. This week, we take a look at Driven Coffee, a company that is driven to offer great coffee for a greater purpose. With its full line of freshly roasted specialty coffees, the company […]

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WU Brew: Golden Valley Farms & Widener University Collaborate

September 29, 2013

Did you know that of the 50 countries with the highest deforestation rates from 1990 to 1995, 37 were coffee producers? Widener University is helping to bring these forests back to life with its very own earth friendly coffee from cultivation to cup called, WU Brew. WU Brew is organically-grown coffee from Golden Valley Farms  […]

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Cafento Creates Barista Championship for those with Down Syndrome

September 25, 2013

On September 15th, at Pazo de Lestrove historical hotel in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain), the second edition of the Galician Down Barista Championship was held, where 21 people with Down syndrome showed off their barista skills. It is the first barista “competition” of its kind in the world. “A couple of years ago we […]

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A Conversation with Sarah Dooley

July 3, 2013

From time to time, Coffee Universe connects with  The People who are helping shape today’s coffee community. This week we speak with Sarah Dooley,  the Coffee, Community, and Education Coordinator for La Marzocco USA.  She manages administration of the La Marzocco training programs, showroom & La Marzocco Lab events and visitors, and product demonstrations.  Guests can expect […]

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La Marzocco Linea: A Tradition of Love

June 15, 2013

 Kent Bakke, CEO La Marzocco International, overseeing U.S. and Italian offices This week, we speak with Kent Bakke, about the recent launch of the La Marzocco Linea PB. But first, a bit of background: Named after the symbol of Florence, Italy – the lion – La Marzocco has been the leader in espresso machine innovations since 1927 […]

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Tips from a Barista: Steaming and Frothing Milk

May 3, 2013

For all you caffe latte, caffe mocha, and cappuccino lovers, ever wonder how to create the perfect steamed and frothed milk at home? We were curious, so we turned to noted barista, Tom Pikaart, to get his own take on how you can make it at home. 1. Make smaller drinks. Your typical home machine […]

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Grace Hightower’s Coffee Journey

March 24, 2013

  For the past few months, I ‘ve been involved in a wonderful coffee project headed up by philanthropist, singer, mother, and all-around inspirational woman, Grace Hightower De Niro.  During this time, I’ve spent some time speaking with Grace about what brought her to her recent venture as I helped tell the story of Grace […]

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Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda

February 5, 2013

  Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda is a collection of high quality coffees that celebrate the spirit, courage and determination of the coffee farmers of Rwanda. Founded by Grace Hightower De Niro, who was inspired by the forgiveness, fortitude, and strength of the Rwandan people, the Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda brand believes […]

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Befriending Your Barista

February 4, 2013

Level: The barista is often the final hand that touches your coffee, serving as your contact with the world of specialty coffee. The barista is also a treasure trove of information. But all too often, the only communication we have with a barista is when we order our drink, pay for it, and mutter a […]

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