Inside Iran’s First-Ever Barista Championship


It’s a typical winter day in Tehran. The trees on Valiasr Street—one of the Middle East's longest streets—are enjoying a snowy dusting, while the weather outside is some degrees below freezing. But in a shopping center in uptown Tehran, a number of baristas and coffee enthusiasts have been gathering for three days, their coffee cups offering … [Read more...]

Microsoft’s First Instagram Photo Is Obviously Coffee


Seattle software giant Microsoft has launched a new official Instagram account with a hashtag campaign called #DoMore. The account's inaugural post features United States Barista Champion Laila Ghambari. "Coffee is in Laila Ghambari's blood; she practically grew up in Cherry Street Coffee House, founded by her father," the Instagram caption … [Read more...]

Seattle’s Cherry Street Coffee Opens 10th Location With Barista Champion Flourishes

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Cherry Street Coffee, a twenty-two year veteran of the Seattle coffee landscape, is owned and operated by the Ghambari family—which includes 2014 United States Barista Champion Laila Ghambari. This morning, the Cherry Street team opened its 10th Seattle store at 320 E Pine Street on Capitol Hill. We've covered Laila Ghambari here at Sprudge a … [Read more...]

Looking In On The 2014 Let’s Talk Coffee Conference

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Sustainable Harvest's 12th annual Let's Talk Coffee conference is currently underway in Panama. We join Associate Editor Liz Clayton from the event, where she'll be a featured panel guest later today.  On the shores of Panama's southern coast, a filmy mist of humidity forms across the screen of my laptop, while off in the distance, … [Read more...]

The Ecuador Interviews: 2014 United Barista Champion Laila Ghambari

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In April of this year, Laila Ghambari became the 2014 United States Barista Champion. This victory was no fluke, as Assistant Editor Alex Bernson learned during the course of his interview with Ms. Ghambari--she's been competing since 2009, and making coffee from the age of 17 at Cherry Street Coffee, her father's chain of cafes in … [Read more...]

Laila Ghambari Is Your 2014 United States Barista Champion!


Laila Ghambari of Cherry Street Coffee House in Seattle, WA is your 2014 United States Barista Champion! This is Laila Ghambari's first USBC win, and the first win for Cherry Street Coffee, a wholesale partner of Dillanos Coffee. Ghambari's Cherry Street Coffee House is owned and operated by her father, Ali Ghambari (pictured below), and has 9 … [Read more...]

PrepFest 2013: Barista Competition Meets Pop-Up Video


December 26th-31th, is revisiting some of our favorite stories from the very exciting past year in coffee. Enjoy! The 2013 United States Barista Championship circuit is heating up, and is here to bring you best-in-the-business live coverage and event preview goodness from throughout this year's competition cycle.. To … [Read more...]

SEA and PDX: NWRBC PrepFest Happens This Weekend!

Pacific Northwest coffee enthusiasts, lend us your ears. The Barista Guild of America and have teamed up with some most excellent sponsors to bring you the first ever PrepFest, two evenings of barista competition insight and intrigue in advance of the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. PrepFest will be hosted over two consecutive … [Read more...]

BGA and Present: NWRBC PrepFest 2013


It's been strange days so far for the 2013 United States Barista Championship competition cycle, with the kick-off event - the Northeast Regional Barista Competition - postponed due to complications from Super Storm Sandy. USBC regional action will finally get under way next week at the Southeast Regional Barista Competition in Atlanta, hosted by … [Read more...]