Nordic Barista Cup 2013: The Beginning

Yesterday marked the beginning of one of the top coffee conferences in the world – the Nordic Barista Cup. If you haven’t made it down, don’t worry – here are a few pictures and links to help keep you up to date on the proceedings.

This year’s event is being held in Oslo, the third time the city has hosted the event. The focus country for this year is Brazil; this means that the coffees being used are all Brazilian and the focus charity is in Brazil.

First of all, you need to meet the teams who are competing this year. Each team comprises three baristas from the country, as well as a Brazilian barista. View Post

Travel Sneak Peek: Oslo, Florence, and Venice

I’ve been pretty excited about September for a while, and now that it’s finally here I can barely contain myself. I always get the pre-travel jitters, a feeling of giddiness mixed with nervousness and sudden panics when you think you’ve forgotten to pack something. I always feel keyed up the last 48 hours before a trip, especially because I usually wait that long to begin planning what I pack, much less actually doing the packing. But for this trip, it’s my usual nerves and excitement times a hundred. Why?

Well, by the end of next week, I’ll have gone back to Oslo, which is a wonderful city; I’ll also have traveled to one new country and two new cities, because right after Oslo I’m heading to Florence and Venice. That’s the excitement part of it. The nervousness comes in because these trips are not exactly for pleasure – they’re my first international jobs as a freelance photographer. The pressure is immense, and no matter how many times I assure myself that I’ll be able to handle it, I still fly into a panic every so often.

This post is something a bit different from what I’ve done before on my blog, but hopefully one I’ll get a chance to do more often if I get more chances to travel like this. View Post