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 […]

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 reads. “She teaches barista skills to […]

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 number of times, from her Northwest Regional […]

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 […]

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 […]