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The Barista Guild of America (BGA) and the Barista Guild of Europe (BGE) have officially merged to become the Barista Guild. The cross-continental unification falls in line with the 2016/17…

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Sarah Leslie is the current chair of the Barista Guild of America (BGA) and has been involved in coffee at many levels over the past 12 years, working as a barista, manager, trainer…

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The Barista Guild of America (BGA) is preparing to host the first Access, a new two-day event being billed as the annual membership gathering for the BGA community and coffee professionals,…

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The youngest sibling in the current U.S. Coffee Championships family, the Brewers Cup competition was launched in 2011 to serve as an alternative to the more espresso-focused barista competition. Last month at…

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Coffee professionals from around the world will gather in Seattle next week for the Specialty Coffee Association‘s annual U.S. trade show, the Specialty Coffee Expo. Along with new product launches…

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One of the major challenges with any primarily volunteer-led competition that spans as far as, say, the United States, is competitor accessibility. This has been an ongoing issue with the…

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How you do one thing is how you do everything. Chicago restaurateur Donnie Madia received that sage advice from his wife and relayed it anew as a heavy-hitting pearl of…

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The SCAA competitions committee is yet again proposing to change the structure of qualifying events for the US Coffee Championships, adding sanctioned events through member companies, increased competitor vetting, and consumer-facing…

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The Barista Guild of America plans to introduce a conversational event platform called “Bloom: Coffee Conversations in Motion,” beginning Thursday, March 3, in Los Angeles. The BGA, an official trade…

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The Specialty Coffee Association of America has announced several new changes to the U.S. Coffee Championships schedule this year, including a hiatus for the U.S. Latte Art Championship due to…

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