We’re so excited to release the August+September 2017 issue of Barista Magazine today! It’s filled with fantastic writing, illustrations, photos, and much more!
BY SARAH ALLEN
It’s the same every year: When we start working on the August+September issue, summer’s barely begun—it’s hard to imagine August dawning on us, signaling the start of summer’s end. By the time August 1 rolls around, though, we’re in the thick of summertime fun and warmth, and we’re just plain happy to still have some of the season left.
What’s also the same every year is our excitement about the release of the August+September issue (well, we’re pretty thrilled about the release of any issue, in fact).
But what’s not the same every year is the content. That said, we couldn’t be happier to present you with 2017’s August+September issue, which—thanks to the talents and efforts of a remarkable group of contributing writers, illustrators, and photographers—is one of our favorite issues to date.
Want to check it out right this very second? You can! And it’s free! Read the entire issue online with the Barista Magazine e-pub. Better yet, download the free Barista Magazine App to put the whole issue on your phone or tablet, so you can read it anywhere, anytime! Are you a print purist who just loves the feel of our thick, textured paper magazine in your hands? We don’t blame you. To subscribe to Barista Magazine, or buy a hard copy of any issue, head on over to the Barista Magazine Online store.
Here’s a peek at what’s inside:
• MEET ALELÍ LABASTIDA: We’re honored to share the story of one of Mexico City’s specialty-coffee mavericks with you. Former Mexican Barista Champion and runner-up in the World Latte Art Championship, Alelí operates the cafe she and her husband’s family own with professionalism and warmth, grace, and technical prowess. And she’s inspired a whole new generation, thereby affecting change in the way Mexico City leads in the international specialty-coffee industry.
• THIRD-WAVE FOOD: TINY KITCHENS: Part one of our two-part series on the craze of offering food that matches the high quality of your coffee was a huge hit, and wait until you see this follow-up, which focuses on turning out spectacular food from the smallest of spaces.
• CASHBOX: HOW GIMME! COFFEE’S UNIONIZATION COULD SIGNAL CHANGE IN THE INDUSTRY: Our fantastic business columnist, Tracy Allen of Brewed Behavior, examines the recent union formed by baristas at Gimme! Coffee, and explains how unions could help baristas throughout the coffee industry.
• SPLIT SHOT: TWO TAKES ON DISCUSSING POLITICS IN THE CAFE: We asked Jasper Wilde of Ritual Coffee in San Francisco, and Patrick Burns of Palace Coffee in Texas’ panhandle to share their thoughts on the place of politics in the cafe setting.
• WORLD OF COFFEE BUDAPEST; THE COFFEEWOMAN BERKELEY; HARVEST FEST IN COSTA RICA: We’ve got beautiful photos and text from all the hottest events to take place in the past few months, all waiting for you in our section, “Pull: Events.”
• FIELD REPORT: CENTRAL CALIFORNIA COAST: Kay Cheon travels up and down the Central California coast to visit some of the hottest cafes and roasters today.
• IS SHARING BENEFICIAL OR HARMFUL IN A COFFEE BUSINESS? Frequent contributor Meister starts a three-part series called “Share and Share Alike,” in which we explore such topics as sharing space, sharing information, and sharing technical know-how for the betterment of our industry.
• FIELD REPORT: KENYA: Four Barrel co-owner Jeremy Tooker takes us on a magical adventure in buying coffee off-season in Kenya—and finding some exceptional green.
• MASTER Q+A: ARTURO HERNANDEZ: We round out this issue’s focus on coffee culture in Mexico with a profile of one of the people responsible for the country’s explosive growth in the specialty sector, Arturo Hernandez. Read his remarkable story in this fascinating interview.
AND THERE’S MUCH, MUCH, MUCH MORE! Again, here are the ways you can access this issue of Barista Magazine:
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