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Featured Employee Hiram Soto

2022-04-25 // By multiple authors
Meet: Hiram Soto  Warehouse & Logistics Manager How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? Warehouse & Logistics Manager Where did you grow up?   I grew up in Greeley, Colorado and attended Greeley West High School What do you like most about your job or about BPS? The people I work with make the job... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee Abigayl Lutz

2022-04-21 // By Kristen Stewart
Meet: Abigayl Lutz Customer Service Barista How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I started on May 13th, 2021 and I am a part of the customer service team! Where did you grow up?   I grew up in a small town, Berthoud, CO. I attended Berthoud High School and then went to college at Front Range Community College for... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Bill Tuttle

2020-02-29 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Bill Tuttle | Customer Service Barista How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity?  Since August 2019, I’ve worked in warehouse, performed delivery routes, and am now working in Customer Service! Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? I grew up in Bennett Colorado. I went to school at Bennett... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Tobi Kropp

2020-02-28 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Tobi Kropp | Customer Service Barista Tobi started at Barista Pro Shop in the hopes of bringing all of her knowledge from experiments, and multiple coffee shop jobs, to help other people find exactly what they are looking for—and maybe some things they didn't realize they wanted! How long have you worked for BPS... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Kyla

2020-02-07 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Kyla Beavers | Customer Service Manager How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I have worked for BPS since September 2019 as the Customer Service Manager. Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I grew up in Boise, Idaho. Though I love to learn, I was never one for traditional college education. I... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Molly Easley

2020-01-10 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Molly Easley | J Street Biscuit Co. Baker How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I started working as a baker at J Street Biscuit Co. in August of 2019.  Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I grew up in Kansas and I went to school at Hutchinson College in Kansas. What do you like most about... Read More ⇒

Winter Holiday Schedule: 2019 Christmas & New Years Closures

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is dwindling down to its final days as Christmas and New Year’s Day quickly approach. To avoid any unexpected disruptions with your orders, please review the dates in this blog and mark them on your calendars. If you have any questions, please contact us before these dates to confirm delivery... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Nicole Mcafee Montgomery

2019-07-05 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Nicole Mcafee Montgomery | KY Warehouse Manager How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I am the Warehouse Manager in Kentucky and have been here for about 4 years—I was hired in February of 2015. Where did you grow up? I was born here in Louisville, KY. My father was military, so that moved us to... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Nicole McEvoy

2019-03-01 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Nicole McEvoy | Bakery Assistant and Product Specialist How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I started working for BPS in September 2018 and I work in the J Street Bakery! Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio and I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Sandy Phillips

2019-02-01 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Sandy Phillips | Part-Time Kitchen Assistant   How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I started working for BPS in September of 2018. I work in the J Street Bakery as a Part-Time Kitchen Assistant. Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I grew up in Iowa on a farm that was in my family for 5... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Dennis Starbuck

2019-01-11 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Dennis Starbuck | Customer Service Barista How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I have been with BPS for the last four months now as a Customer Service Barista. Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I grew up all over Southern California's LA and surrounding areas. I received my AA degree... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Mikenna Curlee

2018-12-21 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Mikenna Curlee | Marketing Representative, Content Specialist How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I started working at BPS around the end of July, so I have been here for a little over 5 months now. I am working as a Marketing Representative, Content Specialist!  Where did you grow up?  Where did... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Steven McCoy

2018-11-02 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Steven McCoy | Customer Service Barista  How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? Just over three months in the customer service department. Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I grew up in Binghamton, NY. I went to a public high school in a nearby town called Vestal. What do you like most... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Lucy Oldham

2018-10-19 // By Mikenna Curlee
Meet: Lucy Oldham | Customer Service Manager  How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity? I started working for BPS on May of 2018 as the Customer Service Manager. I have been working in the hospitality industry for about 15 years now. Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? I’m originally from... Read More ⇒

Stay Up to Speed with BPS Resources

2018-09-08 // By Dana Schlingman
We know that the right products and the right training can make all the difference during crunch time, so we provide what you need to keep the line moving when it counts! Product Information: BPS brand pages and many product pages in our catalog contain links to nutritional information, sell sheets, tutorial videos and more. Use the search field... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Kristen Stewart

2018-08-03 // By Dana Schlingman
Meet: Kristen Stewart Customer Service Barista How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity?I've worked for Barista Pro Shop as a customer service barista for about five months now! Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?I grew up in a small town in the Ozark Mountains of North Arkansas. WOO PIG SOOIE! What do you like most... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Dana Schlingman

2017-12-15 // By Dana Schlingman
Meet: Dana Schlingman Marketing Representative How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity?I joined the BPS Marketing Department about a year ago. What do you like most about your job or about BPS?I love learning about and connecting with our vendors and customers. Scrolling through our instagram feed every morning and seeing... Read More ⇒

Winter Holiday Schedule - 2017 Christmas & New Years Day Closures

2017-11-30 // By Multiple Authors
Christmas Closures (Week of Monday December 25th - 29th): Customer Service Closed: Monday 12/25 Bakery Closed: Monday 12/25 Roaster Closed: Monday 12/25 - Monday 1/1  ***If you have an urgent need for a coffee order, please contact us and we will work on providing you with a timely solution. BPS Delivery Routes Will Not Be... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Amy Phillips

2017-07-21 // By Dana Schlingman
Meet: Amy Phillips Assistant Bakery Manager How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity?In November I will have worked in the Bakery at BPS for 3 years - first as a Baker and now as an Assistant Bakery Manager. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?I was born in Loveland and I have lived here all of my life. I graduated... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Tia Peck

2017-06-09 // By Dana Schlingman
Meet: Tia Peck Cafe Consultant Contact Tia to set up a consultation. Do You Have a Background in Specialty Coffee?I started in the coffee industry when I was 18 as an aspiring barista just trying to make it through school. After 8 years of managing a coffee shop in Fort Collins, CO, my love for the coffee industry grew tremendously. At 26 I... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Deveny Livingston

2017-03-03 // By Dana Schlingman
Meet:Deveny Livingston Bakery Manager How long have you worked for BPS and in what capacity?I have worked for BPS for 9 years. I started in the bakery and helped out in the warehouse. About two years ago I became the manager. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?I grew up in Loveland, CO and I went to Loveland High School. What do... Read More ⇒

Share Your Story: Barista Pro Shop & J Street Biscuit Company

2017-01-27 // By Dana Schlingman
Like many great origin stories, this one begins with our superhero knowing exactly what he wanted and how to achieve it. I say that not because it’s true (honestly, I can’t think of any stories like that) but rather because above my desk there is a giant map of the United States with a tiny cartoon Jay exclaiming, “world... Read More ⇒

Share Your Story

2017-01-09 // By Dana Schlingman
As a newbie to specialty coffee and Barista Pro Shop, these past few months have been full of discovery - learning about products, brewing methods and the legacy behind the unique shops and the colorful individuals who make up this rapidly expanding industry. So far I’ve been surprised and delighted by the unexpected commonality I’ve... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Matthew Moseley

2016-11-11 // By Dana Schlingman
Over the past few weeks, I have been enjoying getting to know Barista Pro Shop as a business as well as all of the eclectic people who define it. Learning about each individual’s personal/professional story gives me clarity about how we operate as an organization and where we are headed as we continue to grow - everyone brings such a... Read More ⇒

Meet The Producers 4.0 roundup

2016-05-23 // By Samuel Goldring
  The booths are shutterd and peace has descended. A broom is wearily sweeping up the remnants of yesterday’s excitement. Meet the producers has closed out once again. Time to say goodbye to old friends and new, whilst taking stock of all that we’ve accomplished. This year has been particularly noteworthy in that we’ve... Read More ⇒

You're Invited to Meet the Producers 4.0!

2016-04-08 // By Matthew Moseley
On May 5th, better known as Cinco de Mayo, Barista Pro Shop will be celebrating much more than just the heroic military victory of Mexican forces; we will be celebrating specialty coffee with Meet the Producers! Yes, you read that correctly; Meet the Producers is back!  Not only is this our 4th time hosting this event; this time around we are... Read More ⇒

Caffeine Crawl Colorado - Coffee, Camaraderie, and Competition

2015-07-16 // By Matthew Moseley
*Throwdown details updated 7/31/2015. Do you love quality coffee, tea, or chocolate?  Would you like to spend a day visiting multiple cafés or coffee shops to enjoy samples and learn more about their products?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you need to come crawl with us!  Caffeine Crawl is making... Read More ⇒

Smith Tea - The Most Uncommon Name in Tea Since 1949

2015-06-19 // By Matthew Moseley
How do you improve upon what many others have done before you?  Attention to detail.  Attention to detail is about leaving nothing to chance, considering every aspect to ensure an optimal outcome, and so meticulous in your analysis that even the slightest nuances are noted. This takes time, discipline, and patience; however, the... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee - Jared Jensen

2015-05-29 // By Landon Christensen
Please meet this week’s Featured Employee, Jared Jensen, from our Londonderry, New Hampshire warehouse. Jared grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts, before moving to Merrimack, NH at the age of 12, during which time he attended Merrimack High School. Jared has been with Barista Pro Shop for about a year and a half now as an Assistant... Read More ⇒

Bring Your Kid to Work Day

Yesterday was Bring Your Kid to Work Day, being that about half of our staff is in their early 20’s, it goes without saying that not many kids showed up. However, we did have the privilege of meeting 12 year-old Cecilia, who is the daughter of Joy who works in our bakery. Cecilia spent about half of the day here working with her mom doing... Read More ⇒

Spring into a New Café: Tips for Grand Openings or Opening a New Location

2015-04-09 // By Matthew Moseley
Are you ready to ‘Spring’ into your New Café or Location? Definition of Springtime - an early or flourishing stage of development (Merriam-Webster) Spring is all about rebirth, as the warm weather arrives seedlings begin emerging out of the soil and the array of greens from emerald to chartreuse return to the trees.... Read More ⇒

Raise Your Shot Glasses We Turned 21! #CHEERSBPS

2015-03-23 // By Matthew Moseley
How much fun is a birthday party if the only person attending is you? Absolutely none!  No one wants to celebrate a birthday or any milestone by themselves, and here at Barista Pro Shop we are no different.  This January, marked our 21st year supplying the specialty coffee industry and we wanted to do something special to celebrate the... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Atlanta -- Is Now Gone with the Winners...

2015-02-16 // By Matthew Moseley
Just over a week ago, Coffee Fest had Atlanta buzzing with café owners and baristas alike looking to show off their skills or find the next breakthrough product to implement on or behind their bar.  Coffee fanatics flew in from all over the US as well as some international competitors representing Japan in the latte art competition. The... Read More ⇒

Forget the Holidays, We’re Giving Out Free Gifts all Year

2015-01-19 // By Matthew Moseley
Christmas may be over, but the gifts keep coming from Barista Pro Shop.  Did you know that with every order you place with us you can receive a free gift? That’s right, every order you place qualifies for at least one of our Extra Shots!  Place an order of just $50 and it will qualify for the maximum amount of 4 Extra... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Atlanta - Don't Rest this Weekend Until You've Registered

2015-01-16 // By Matthew Moseley
As the holiday season fades into a distant memory and every passing moment seems as good of a time as any other to break your year’s resolutions, we realize that January is quickly passing us by.  The end of January not only means, 1 month down and 11 more to go; it also means, Coffee Fest Atlanta has arrived.  That’s right... Read More ⇒

What We Learned Today: Why more High Schools Should Be Doing this...

2015-01-14 // By Matthew Moseley
On a day-to-day basis, the training café at our Loveland location is typically a thoroughfare of BPS employees searching for a spot to lounge a lunch break away or brewing up something to keep them energized and working hard to get you the coffee supplies you need.  However, today our café served an even greater purpose.  We... Read More ⇒

Whether Your List is Big or Small; Barista Pro Shop Ships it All!

2014-12-22 // By Matthew Moseley
It may be the season of giving, but let’s be honest, we all like receiving even more. However, when you’re the one paying for shipping then left waiting to receive what you want, it’s not near as enjoyable. Although we can’t instantaneously deliver your order or ship all your products to you for free all the time; Barista... Read More ⇒

BPS® the One-Stop Shop: The Food, The Bean, and the Utility

2014-11-07 // By Matthew Moseley
Do you ever wish you could spend less time ordering and receiving shipments?   I’m going to assume everyone answered with a resounding ‘Yes!’  Placing orders is one of those necessary evils that no one enjoys doing, but if it’s not done properly and timely it can be devastating to your business, costing you sales... Read More ⇒

Don't Get Scared by Shipping Costs: Tricks to Save on Shipping

2014-10-31 // By Matthew Moseley
What’s worst than ghastly ghouls and spooky spiders?  Dreadful shipping costs; that unwanted trick at the end of ordering your treats.  There’s not a soul, dead or alive, who enjoys shipping charges.  So how can you avoid getting caught in a web of shipping charges? Do you live near one of our warehouses?  Did you... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest PDX - A Coffee Show for a Coffee City

2014-10-23 // By Matthew Moseley
A week ago today Portland, Oregon was completely overrun and further immersed in the specialty coffee scene. The festivities began Thursday with the first of two days for the Portland edition of Caffeine Crawl which was sure to excite with numerous notable roasters, coffee shops, tea purveyors, and even a chocolaterie or two!  Friday, would... Read More ⇒

Sweeten the Seasons with Sauces

2014-09-12 // By Matthew Moseley
Flavors are not all created equally.  This is because more than just flavor affects how we experience taste.  What if I told you that sight and the sensation of touch can have a strong influence on how we taste flavors.  Well it’s the truth!  Whether it’s the color or the texture; how something is presented plays a... Read More ⇒

Mark your Calendars, Make the Trek to Loveland, and Meet these Producers

2014-09-05 // By Matthew Moseley
Still haven’t RSVP’d for Meet the Producers?  After you see who is exhibiting and all the products they’ll be showcasing, you’re sure to rethink that choice.  With over 35 brands either attending or exhibiting products, you’re sure to find something new and exciting! Meet the Producers is not only a fun way... Read More ⇒

Earth Wind and Fire : Experience the Third Street Process of Brewing Chai

2014-08-29 // By Matthew Moseley
Earth, Wind, and Fire.   No, not the pop music group from the ‘70s; and, no we are not even talking about three of the four Aristotelian elements of life.  In this case, these three elements are referring to three of the key attributes of the Third Street process for manufacturing chai. Chai is fairly commonplace these days,... Read More ⇒

Chai- Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice

2014-08-15 // By Matthew Moseley
Chai, something so simple, yet so transcendent.  When you mix the light, refreshing beverage of black tea with the aromatic, invigorating attributes of fresh spices likes cloves, cardamon, and cinnamon; the result becomes a complex, bold drink that satiates your thirst and desire to be invigorated.  These added spices not only produce an... Read More ⇒

Meet the Producers: Where Brands and Baristas Collide!

2014-08-08 // By Liam Bucher
WOOOOO!!! We are getting excited over here at BPS. We are two months away from the next Meet The Producers Event! You know what that means!... Wait, you don’t? Well, each year we invite our manufacturing partners out to Colorado to exhibit at our Loveland location, then we invite all of our wonderful customers (you!) to join us in the fun.... Read More ⇒

It's a Wrap! Barista Nation Denver That Is

2014-08-06 // By Matthew Moseley
Almost two weeks ago now, the Colorado specialty coffee community joined together for Barista Nation in a very unique space in Denver known as Galvanize.  Galvanize, meaning to “shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action” was a perfect indicator of what to expect.The focus of this event was “The... Read More ⇒

BPS® Training Materials- Your Access to the Pros, After Hours

2014-06-05 // By Matthew Moseley
When you think of Barista Pro Shop, you might think of an extensive line of syrup flavors or maybe you think of our personable and knowledgeable customer service staff; but, do think of a resource library? It’s true baristaproshop.com has a whole lot more to offer than just one of largest selections of specialty coffee supplies for your home... Read More ⇒

Set Your Fruit Smoothies Apart from the Rest with Jet Non-Fat Yogurt Smoothies

2014-05-23 // By Matthew Moseley
If you’re anything like me, when it’s time to relax after some fun in the sun nothing quite hits the spot like a frozen, fruity beverage.  Yep, I’m talking about fruit smoothies not only are they sweet and delicious; but, they have fruit which makes the justification to indulge in one all the more easy to come by.  These... Read More ⇒

Frappe Fun for Everyone!

2014-05-02 // By Matthew Moseley
Do you frappe?  Frappes are delicious frozen, blended coffee drinks.  These drinks are pretty much the smoothie of coffee drinks!  They are delicious options that are perfectly suited for warm weather.  When you feel the sun scorching down on you, a steaming cup of joe is the last thing you desire.  However, that caffeine... Read More ⇒

You Won’t Get Jittery by Adding Our Extra Shots

2014-04-25 // By Matthew Moseley
More is better! How many times have you heard this phrase?   Though we do often want more than what we have; there comes a time when more is not actually better.  At some point, we tend to realize reduced enjoyment, as well as, start to incur a unfortunate side-effects.  Think about a time that eating that extra piece of cake gave... Read More ⇒

Hunting Is Meant For Easter Eggs; Everything Else Should Be EZ

2014-04-23 // By Matthew Moseley
Let’s face it, Easter egg hunts are awesome! They are all about the thrill of rummaging around to fill up your basket as fast as possible.  However, the holiday is over, we are back to our hectic schedules and we no longer like searching for the things we want.  It’s not fun knowing exactly what you want, but having to drudge... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar- This is How You Find-a-Mug

2014-04-08 // By Matthew Moseley
Do you ever find yourself wanting to try out a new coffee shop or cafe?  Do you find yourself traveling for work or a vacation and uncertain about where to get your caffeine fix?  Worst of all have you ever settled for Starbucks simply because it’s the fourth one you have seen on this block?   Don’t worry we forgive you.... Read More ⇒

Don’t Let Your Tank Run on Empty: Fuel Up and Feel Good

2014-03-28 // By Matthew Moseley
You wouldn’t try to drive to work on an empty tank of gas and you would never expect a delivery driver’s boss to say “your tank is almost empty but it may last the rest of the day.”  We wouldn’t expect good results from a car running on no fuel, so why do we do it to our bodies? It’s all too often in our... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest New York 2014 Wrap-up

2014-03-13 // By Liam Bucher
Where to begin, where to begin? This being my first trip to the Big Apple, I had plenty to look forward to on top of what we were hoping to be another great show from the folks over at Coffee Fest, they did not disappoint. With Jon and Jay arriving early on Thursday to complete set-up on the booth, Tia and I arrived into the city right around 5:30... Read More ⇒

Why Not Add an Extra Shot to That?

2014-02-26 // By Matthew Moseley
Don’t you wish you could get more than you pay for?  Well of course, everyone loves free stuff! However, how many times do you feel like you’re getting it free because no one really wants it?   What if you could guarantee it is was high quality, you would take advantage of it every time, right? Liven Up Your Order Well... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar-Two Words That are Well Worth the 10 Cents They Cost Us

2014-02-18 // By Matthew Moseley
Could you imagine starting a business in which you’re losing money on every sale?  No, probably not.  It just doesn’t make sense to work all day to produce something that actually costs you money instead of making money. Right? Well, this is the predicament of many coffee farmers worldwide.  Between the falling price for... Read More ⇒

Do You Know Where to Find What You Want and What You Need to Know?

2014-02-14 // By Matthew Moseley
Barista Pro Shop is passionate about our industry.  The specialty coffee industry is so dynamic that the production of every cup spans not only various professional disciplines but also many different continents.  This diversity is what incites the enthusiasm behind a commodity that has transformed into a full on obsession.   Since,... Read More ⇒

Share Your Story: The Big Bean in Severna Park, MD

2014-01-31 // By Matthew Moseley
Meet The Big Bean “The Big Bean is a cozy, friendly store where people can take a break from their busy day to pick up a delicious cup of brewed coffee or espresso drink.” The Big Bean is an independent coffee shop in Severna Park, Maryland.  They opened shop January 1, 2000 and it was such an important grand opening Juan... Read More ⇒

Coffee Shops Have Always Supplied More Than Just a Drink

2013-12-04 // By Matthew Moseley
Since the origin of coffee houses, shops, and cafes; they have been supplying more than just coffee.  “A Penny for your thoughts”  a common phrase that most of us are familiar with actually spawned from the original culture of coffee shops.  Many of these shops charged merely a penny for an unlimited coffee supply.... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Seattle Recap

2013-10-07 // By Liam Bucher
Seattle, WA… commonly pictured as a gloomy, rainy city, nestled in between Puget Sound and Lake Washington (both stunning to look at). This past weekend, a few BPS® peeps ventured to this city for the always entertaining Coffee Fest. Together on this trip was Jay, Jon Weller, Dottie (and her husband, Mike), and me. The flight to Seattle... Read More ⇒

Meet the Producers this Thursday!

2013-09-10 // By Jillian Peck
I hope all of you are ready for a good time! This Thursday, September 12, from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, Meet the producers takes place right here at Barista Pro Shop, located at 5888 Wright Dr. Loveland, CO 80538. We are setting up for raffles, scavenger hunts, food and beverages, goodie bags, and best of all, booths for the products you, your... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar- New to Specialty Coffee?

2013-08-26 // By Liam Bucher
Specialty Coffee is called just that for a reason, there is an expertise in preparing these beverages the right way, the first time. There are subtle differences between these drinks and it can take time to learn the steps and ingredients. Many of these beverages are espresso based, there are different ingredients used to turn one source of coffee... Read More ⇒

AeroPress Brewing with Todd!

2013-06-21 // By Liam Bucher
Welcome to the very first installation of Barista Pro Shop Instructional Videos with our Customer Service Rep (and barista) Todd! We are very excited to bring this new feature to all of our readers here at BaristaProShop.com and we hope you will continue to follow these videos, as well as learn about new and exciting techniques that you can use... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Chicago Wrap-Up

2013-06-14 // By Liam Bucher
With a smooth flight in and a nice ride into the city, Coffee Fest Chicago was underway. Arriving Thursday, the Barista Pro Shop crew worked furiously to set up the booth and get organized for an early Friday morning. Following set up, we were able to explore a little of Chicago and the Navy Pier, taking in the sites, especially me as this was my... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Chicago, Double Time!

2013-05-31 // By Jillian Peck
Get ready, get set, go... to Coffee Fest Chicago! It’s coming up fast, so we hope you are ready with tickets in hand! Come join Barista Pro Shop in discovering out all that’s new in the world of coffee: It’s the perfect time of year, the latest and greatest product are here. So while you contemplate the transition of your own... Read More ⇒

Cappuccine Blending Class at Coffee Fest Chicago

2013-05-14 // By Liam Bucher
Coffee Fest Chicago is set to begin on June 7th, ending on June 10th at the Chicago Navy Pier. There is so much to experience at a trade show like Coffee Fest; new products, professional competitions, and chatting with all of your favorite companies. While these are the highlights of the show, throughtout the weekend there are a number of classes... Read More ⇒

Come Visit Barista Pro Shop at Coffee Fest Chicago

2013-05-07 // By Jillian Peck
Hear ye, hear ye! All coffee lovers, mark your calendars for the 7th-10th of June! This is when you want to be at the Chicago Navy Pier to celebrate the world of coffee with Barista Pro Shop at Coffee Fest Chicago, where anything and everything related is found in one place.   There’s a reason Coffee Fest is such a magical event; like... Read More ⇒

Barista Pro Shop, One Stop Shopping!

2013-03-27 // By Dottie Foley
Barista Pro Shop is a one stop shop for all things Specialty Coffee. We offer products to businesses, but also to individuals for home use. Besides our fast 1 to 3 day shipping time we also deliver to our local business customers from our warehouses in Loveland, Colorado and Londonderry, New Hampshire.   We pride ourselves on quality and... Read More ⇒

New Function on Brand Pages

2013-03-08 // By Liam Bucher
Barista Pro Shop has seen a lot of growth over the past few years. With the addition of new brands to our product line, there are even more products being added and it may be a difficult decision to choose exactly which product to put into your shopping cart. Perhaps you would like to gain some information on products, or learn how to use others.... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest New York is Almost Here

2013-02-22 // By Liam Bucher
It’s so close I can taste it... or smell it? I’m not sure which one, but Coffee Fest New York is two weeks away from today, on March 8th. Hopefully everyone is as excited about the event as us. This new year, although young right now, has brought with it a lot of exciting happenings around the specialty coffee industry. It’s... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest New York

2013-02-06 // By Liam Bucher
It’s that time of the year everyone! Coffee Fest is back so pack up your bags and head out the door to the Big Apple. Coffee Fest New York will take place from March 8th-10th. The best trade show for specialty coffee and tea industries is hosting the annual meeting starting next month with two more following at later dates; Chicago on June... Read More ⇒

Get Your Pour On! - Monin Sponsored Latté Art Classes

2012-04-27 // By Kari Guddeck
We hosted two free latté art classes on Wednesday; the first of a series of free classes we will be offering.  We would like to send out a great big ‘THANK YOU’ to our sponsor Monin, to all of the attendees, and to our instructor Josh Taves of Northern Colorado Barista Training.  Thank you, thank you, thank you! Ever... Read More ⇒

Another Reason to Visit our Booth at Coffee Fest New York…

2012-02-23 // By Kari Guddeck
Coffee Fest New York is right around the corner (March 9-11, to be exact).  We haven’t exhibited at a show for six years, so we’re pretty excited about this one!  We’d love to meet you, so stop on by booth #343 if you're attending.  Make sure to enter to win a Nuova Simonelli Oscar espresso machine while you're... Read More ⇒

Visit BPS at Coffee Fest NY and Win an Espresso Machine!

2012-02-21 // By Kari Guddeck
If you follow us on facebook or twitter or if you read this blog, then you’re probably aware that we are uber excited to be exhibiting at Coffee Fest New York this March.  BPS peeps attend Coffee Fest shows and SCAA events regularly, but it’s been six years since we’ve had a booth at a trade show (hence the excitement). ... Read More ⇒

Trip Report: Day 2, Jay and Jon in San Fran

2012-02-10 // By Jay Weller
  We started today off bright and early in Orange County.  First, we headed over to Mocafe.  We had a terrific meeting with Tom, Richard and Peter.  We've carried Mocafe products for a long time and we continue to be impressed with the quality of their offerings.  We talked a lot about some of the cool stuff we've been... Read More ⇒

Trip Report: Jay and Jon in San Fran

2012-02-09 // By Jay Weller
  We're at the end of day one of 2 ambitious days of vendor visits.  Jon and I took a late flight last night from Boston to San Francisco.  We arrived at our hotel around 11:00 pm and got a good night's sleep.  At 9:00 am Tessa from David Rio was gracious enough to pick us up at our airport hotel and bring us to downtown San... Read More ⇒

Happy Hot Tea Month!

2012-01-12 // By Kari Guddeck
Sipping on my afternoon cup of two leaves and a bud Assam (my current fave), I spy a blurb about January being National Hot Tea Month.I find the plethora of national something or other days/months kind of silly and amusing, but more often than not they’ll inspire a little blog entry, a facebook post, or a tweet.If nothing else, they serve as... Read More ⇒

Happy New Year! (and cocktails con't...)

2011-12-31 // By Kari Guddeck
Yesterday’s post definitely leaned toward the geeky, do-it-yourself end of mixology and cocktails.  I happen to really enjoy making stuff from scratch and experimenting with different recipes.  However, if you’re short on time and the mixing, making, experimenting with your own bitters/syrups isn’t really your thing;... Read More ⇒

Off Topic: The Cocktail Trend

2011-12-29 // By Kari Guddeck
Martinis and Manhattans and Old Fashioneds….oh my!  With New Year’s celebrations right around the corner, I decided to digress a bit from the usual coffee talk and slip in a little cocktail musing.  My travels (locally and nationally) this year have led me (and my hubby) into a new hobby…mixology.    It... Read More ⇒

Thanksgiving, Birthdays, and Other Goings on at BPS

2011-11-22 // By Kari Guddeck
I find it hard to believe that I’m writing about the start of ‘that time of year again’…but, I’m determined to shake the denial and embrace the season!  Let’s begin by expressing our deep gratitude for all of you.  We’re heading into our 18th year of business, and we’ve considered it a... Read More ⇒

Did you know that Barista Pro Shop is a Member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America?

2011-11-09 // By Tia Peck
The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) is a network of thousands of organizations and industry professionals who share a common goal: To make great coffee.  The SCAA is a resource on important issues and information relevant to the specialty coffee industry. With the SCAA, we have access to years of research on quality standards,... Read More ⇒

Top Secret Smoothie Testing

2011-11-04 // By Kari Guddeck
Temps are pretty chilly and there’s snow on the ground in CO, but we’re always up for a new product tasting at BPS….even if it is a freezing cold drink.  We’ll keep the brand confidential, but we’ll fill you in on a few details:  we tasted a mango and strawberry smoothie, it is a pour over ice and blend... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee- Alfred Ramos

2011-10-19 // By Tia Peck
Alfred Ramos, or as all of us BPS staff call him “Big Al”, has been a huge part of the warehouse team for the past two years and before that he was a BPS delivery driver for fifteen years.  Let’s just say he’s a BPS fixture. Al was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and as a huge sports fan he likes to keep up with... Read More ⇒

Who's going to Coffee Fest?

2011-09-14 // By Tia Peck
  It is time for the 20th Annual Coffee Fest Seattle 2011! This event gives passionate coffee and tea professionals the opportunity to learn new skills, check out new products, and network with others in the industry. Coffee Fest Seattle 2011 with be held at the Washington State Convention Center on September 23 - 25, 2011. Coffee Fest has... Read More ⇒

Latté Art with Turtle Rock

2011-08-25 // By Kari Guddeck
We’re fresh off of the second latté art class held in our Colorado Training Cafe, and we're excited!  The awesome crew from Turtle Rock in Laramie, WY joined us on Saturday to learn the basics of pouring latté art and strategize methods for implementing their newly honed skills in the café.  These... Read More ⇒

Kaldi the Goat Herder

2011-08-17 // By Tia Peck
  As I was surfing the net trying to find inspiration for my next blog I noticed that “Kaldi the Goat Herder” was mention quite often throughout the world wide web as of late. Many of us in the coffee industry have heard the story about Khaldi, a goat herder from Ethiopia that discovered the coffee plaint in the sixth century, but... Read More ⇒

New Warehouse Racking!

2011-08-03 // By Tia Peck
New Hampshire is building up!! It looks like the weather out East is going to cooperate with a high of seventy-eight degrees today, as our New Hampshire crew works on putting up new racks in their warehouse. With these new racks our New Hampshire warehouse will be able to store even more product and be able to fulfill the needs of our... Read More ⇒

First Latte Art Class

2011-07-20 // By Tia Peck
Our First Latte Art Class was a complete success!! In the beginning I think we were all a little nervous but after a few jokes and a lot of spilt milk the night really took off.  With a small group of about seven (the staff of a local coffee shop) it made it easy for everyone to participate in every aspect of the lesson and really get... Read More ⇒

Wednesday Inspired Recipes

    We were feeling a bit inspired while coming up with today’s featured recipes.  We decided to include floral flavors and experimented with texture and temperatures.  The Jasmine Cloud Iced Latté is the result.  It has multiple layers of flavor, texture, and temperature.  With the first sip... Read More ⇒

Tasting Notes: Umpqua Oats

As you know, we were excited to announce the arrival of our newest product Umpqua Oats.  We think they’re a great healthy food option for cafés (not to mention they only require hot water to prepare – easy peasy!).  So, we grabbed a few samples and had an impromptu BPS oatmeal sampling this morning.  Yum!   ... Read More ⇒

End of Days Cocktail Recipe

I wasn’t going to jump on the ‘Rapture’ or ‘End of the World’ bandwagon today.  However, the topic just kept worming its way back into conversations, so I decided to give in.  Most of these conversations ended in “I need a drink!” or “I’ll be toasting the Rapture with ”.  In... Read More ⇒

Time for a Trade Show?

If you’re feeling out of touch with the coffee industry, need some new ideas, have skills you’d like to brush up on, or just need a break from the daily grind (no pun intended); might we suggest attending one of the many trade shows that are scheduled throughout the year?  Trade shows are a great place to immerse yourself in... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar- Inspiration From a New Café Owner

2011-03-04 // By Kari Guddeck
I’ve given quite a few warehouse tours of our Colorado warehouse lately.  It’s always a treat to take folks through who are in the beginning stages of opening a new café, kiosk, cart, etc.  As we walk through the door separating the offices from the warehouse, I usually turn around to find a look of overwhelmed awe with... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Chicago Wrap Up

2011-02-22 // By Kari Guddeck
  My head and stomach are still reeling from Coffee Fest Chicago.  I judged the North Central Regional Barista Competition that started on Fri and wrapped up Sun afternoon.  I’m proud to say that I was chosen to judge the finals again – hooray!  I know I’ve said it before, but I have to say again that I find... Read More ⇒

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our Colorado warehouse just happens to call Loveland its home, so we could hardly let the ‘day of love’ pass without a quick shout out to all of you.  BPS ©’s you!  We invite you to sip one of these concoctions and enjoy your Valentine's Day!    Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini ¼ oz... Read More ⇒

It’s National Coffee Break Day!

We're not really sure who comes up with these holidays, but we won’t complain about another day celebrating coffee.  So, what coffee are you sipping while dishing the latest around the proverbial water cooler in honor of National Coffee Break Day?  Our hopper is filled with our usual BPS Savvy Blend (fair-trade... Read More ⇒

We're excited....

We’re living up to the new in New Year here at BPS.  To begin with, we are very excited about our three new brands: Eco-Products, Sweetbird, and Two Leaves and a Bud.  We strive to offer high quality and innovative brands, and we think we’ve succeeded with these three.   The new doesn’t stop there.  Here in... Read More ⇒

The Perfect Cup of Coffee

As I sit here trying to glean inspiration from a few of the books in the BPS library (‘The Perfect Cup’ by Timothy James Castle, ‘The Professional Barista’s Handbook’ by Scott Rao, and ‘Uncommon Grounds’ by Mark Pendergrast), I begin to ponder ‘just what is the perfect cup of coffee?’.  I... Read More ⇒

Holiday Party? Spiked Recipes.

      Add a little zip and zing to your holiday parties with these ‘spiked’ recipes.  Cheers!      ‘Gingerbird’ Martini  1/2 oz Sweetbird Gingerbread Syrup 1 ½ oz Vodka 1/2 oz White Chocolate Liqueur Ice Fill a shaker with ice.  Add all ingredients and shake... Read More ⇒

Let the Season Inspire – Holiday Recipe Ideas

There are so many great holiday inspired recipes out there.  Popular flavors used during the holidays include:  Peppermint, Gingerbread, Maple Spice, Spiced Brown Sugar, Frosted Mint, White Chocolate, Chocolate, Crème de Menthe, Cinnamon, Praline, Egg Nog, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, and Pumpkin Pie/Spice.  Here are a few ideas to... Read More ⇒

Sign Up!

Are you on top of our latest products and promos?  If not, why not head on over to “Your Account” and check the box to join our mailing list and receive promotional emailings then click "update information".  We know; you’re hesitating because your inbox is already overflowing, right?  Well, let us assure... Read More ⇒

Candied Pumpkin Latté Recipe

      Candied Pumpkin Latté   Stir together 2 shots Espresso, ½ oz Monin Caramel Sauce, ½ oz Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and ¾ oz Monin Candied Orange Syrup in a 16 oz cup. Add steamed milk. Top w/ whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.... Read More ⇒

So many ways to stay in touch....

First, there was the BPS Blog, then Facebook, and now you can follow BPS onTwitter @BaristaProShop.  Thanks for making us part of your day and stay tuned; we have some fun things planned for our social media friends :)   ... Read More ⇒

A Good Monday Morning Coffee Quote

      'Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.' ~ Terri Guillemets... Read More ⇒

TGIF Pineapple Mojito

It's Friday!  Chill out with this new twist on an old minty fave.... Pineapple Mojito 1 1/2 oz Light Rum1/2 oz Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Smooth Lime1/4 oz Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Lemon-ADE1/2 oz Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit Pineapple Paradise2 Lime Wedges, 5-8 Mint Leaves, Soda Water   Combine Lemon-ADE and mint in... Read More ⇒

Summer Flower Recipes

I was feeling inspired by Colorado’s summer flowers and Monin’s unique flavor offerings, so I decided to create a couple of recipes featuring flowers.  That’s right, today you should drink your summer bouquet!   The Sparkling Rose Lemonade 2 oz Boulder Organic Lemonade Concentrate 6 oz Sparkling water ¾... Read More ⇒

Halloween in Seattle, Coffee Fest Style

Coffee Fest Seattle is only a couple of months away….are you attending?  The show kicks off on Friday, October 29 and will wrap up on Halloween (Sunday 31).  There’s been a bit of controversy surrounding Coffee Fest and the SCAA’s annual The Event as of late.  The SCAA is in negotiations with the city of Seattle in... Read More ⇒

A little bit summer, a little bit fall

We've been receiving a lot of autumn inspired promotional material as of late.  Let's look forward a little with a recipe that mixes the flavors of fall while keeping the refreshing coolness of a summer drink.             Pumpkin Pie à la Mode Italian Soda In a 16 oz cup mix 1 oz Monin... Read More ⇒

Your Haikus!

Thanks to those who submitted their summer/coffee inspired haikus!    Waiting forgottenCup of espresso and meNow cold and bitter LaNita Mcdonald, CO   Summer Sun Goes... Read More ⇒

Q & A with a BPS Owner: Jay Weller

Q: When did you start BPS?  What's been your role in the company? A:  We started BPS in January of 1994—and I’ve been here since the beginning.  I’ve baked, delivered, sold, cold called, done trade shows, and everything in between.    Q: Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to school? ... Read More ⇒

Summer Drink Haikus

Writer’s block was getting the best of me this afternoon, so I decided to do a little writing exercise.  Hence the Haiku!  I let summer’s heat and BPS beverage offerings inspire the words.  Got a coffee or summer drink haiku you’d like to share?  Send it to BPS@BaristaProShop.com, and put “haiku” in... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar- Are you in hot water?

I was perusing through Scott Rao’s book “The Professional Barista’s Handbook” today and found the section on water temperature and its affect on brewing particularly interesting.  Water temperature can impact flavor by changing flow rate and brew strength.  I think that water temperature might be something... Read More ⇒

Bottoms up - Coffee fights Alzheimer’s and mouth/throat cancer

Last week, Barista Magazine’s blog (Pasteboard) reported on two new studies dealing with the health benefits of coffee.  According to researchers at the University of Utah “those who enjoy a regular coffee fix are over a third less likely to develop cancer of the mouth or throat than those who do not drink coffee.” ... Read More ⇒

Happy 4th of July! All American Apple Pie Martini Recipe

  BPS would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend!   Raise a glass of All American Apple Pie Martini and celebrate our nation! ¾ oz Monin Vanilla Syrup ½ oz Monin Apple Syrup 2 oz Apple Flavored or Regular Vodka Ice Combine ingredients in a shaker.  Shake vigorously.  Strain into martini... Read More ⇒

A little caffeine for Monday doldrums

It’s been one of those Mondays.  You know the kind: you hit every stop light on the way to work,everybody else seems to be running late too because traffic is terrible, you clock in 5 minutes late, your office light fizzles out when you flip the switch, one of your photos has fallen off the wall…..did I mention I’m on my... Read More ⇒

Did you know? BPS Facts

    In 2009 BPS sold 24,232 bottles of Vanilla Flavored Syrup and 5,999 bottles of Sugar Free Vanilla Flavored Syrup.... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Minneapolis, June 4-6

      If you missed Coffee Fest Meadowlands, don’t fret!  Coffee Fest is making its way to Minneapolis, MN next week.  Things not to miss:  Millrock’s New World Latté Art Championships, Pacific Natural Foods Soy Top Cup Challenge, New Product Showcase, and the Thursday Business Summit.  Have... Read More ⇒

Follow us on Facebook!

  We’ve got a brand new way for you to follow BPS happenings; a shiny new facebook page up and running as of today!  Check us out (Barista Pro Shop) and ‘like’ us if you’re so inclined, we'd love to hear from you!... Read More ⇒

Coffee Break - The Other Black Gold

    Did you know that coffee is the world’s second most commonly traded commodity (measured in monetary value) trailing only petroleum?  The world's major coffee producers are Brazil, Vietnam (primarily Robusta), Colombia and Indonesia while the U.S. is the largest importer of coffee.    ... Read More ⇒

Coffee Break

“According to coffee folklore, an Ethiopian goatheard named Kaldi discovered the joys of coffee when his goats ate the berries and became so frisky that they ‘danced’.  Kaldi soon joined them.”  Read more about coffee folklore and fact in Uncommon Grounds, The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by... Read More ⇒

Did You Know – BPS Quick Fact

The BPS bakery cracked through a whopping 2,100eggs on Monday (3/1)!!!... Read More ⇒

Coffee Fest Meadowlands this Weekend – Meet BPS Peeps!

Coffee Fest Meadowlands is the place to be this weekend! If you’re attending, make sure to check out these must see events:  Mid Atlantic Regional Barista Competition, the Millrock Free Pour Latté Art Contest, the Pacific Natural Foods Soy Top Cup Challenge, and the Aroma Challenge.  Find out more about all Coffee Fest... Read More ⇒

BPS Coffee Tasting Notes

We did a BPS Coffee tasting with one of our customers on Monday, and thought we’d share our notes:   Savvy Blend – This fair trade organic blend is smooth and buttery.  The acidity is low and it displayed a heavy body.  The finish was long with some interesting woody notes.  Woody and earthy notes were also... Read More ⇒

MRBC in Pictures

We can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to all of the fine folks who made last weekend’s Mountain Regional Barista Competition a success.  We had a great time, met some awesome people, tasted spectacular coffee, and watched some amazing baristas give it their all!  Thank you once again for supporting the barista craft and... Read More ⇒

Did you know? BPS Facts

BPS turned 16 the first week of 2010!      In 1994, Jay Weller opened J Street Biscuit Company with a fistful of scone recipes.  Jay was baker, sales person, delivery driver, customer service, etc. until 1998 when partner Jennifer Weller joined in full time.  Jay and Jennifer were using Ghirardelli chocolate in their... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar- Better Brewing

I tried a new technique with my French press this morning.  I skimmed off the grounds resting on top before plunging.  According to James Hoffman (2007 World Barista Champion and an owner of Square Mile Coffee Roasters), this skimming will help cut down on the amount of fine grinds left behind in the coffee and result in less... Read More ⇒

The Tip Jar- Make Your Own Chocolate Sauce

Did you know that you can make your own chocolate sauce with Da Vinci Gourmet Premium Powdered Chocolate Sauce or Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa?  Just add water and voila!   Da Vinci Gourmet Liquid Sauce Recipe 1. Fill mixing bucket/container with 32 oz. hot water 2. Add 32 oz of Da Vinci Gourmet Premium Powdered... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee -- Ouida Kincaid, Baker/Bookkeeper

Ouida (pronounced weeda) started working at BPS five years ago.  She is baker and bookkeeper all rolled up in one!  If she’s not whipping up scones, rolling burritos, or making muffins she’s hard at work tackling accounts payable.  Ouida is like a mother to us – she takes care of us, brings in fabulous snacks, and... Read More ⇒

Did you know? – BPS Facts

BPS has two warehouses: one located in Loveland, Colorado and the other in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  We ship out of both warehouses.  When you call the toll free number (866-776-5288), you will be speaking to someone in our main office in Colorado.    ... Read More ⇒

Trade Shows

If you’re already involved in a coffee related business, are thinking about opening your own café, or if you’re a coffee enthusiast you should think about attending a specialty coffee trade show.  Trade shows are a great way to sample different product options and explore everything new and trendy in... Read More ⇒

Featured Employee -- John Hoban, Warehouse Manager

John has been managing the Colorado BPS warehouse for almost 2 years…and he’s been doing a mighty fine job of it.  John touches just about everything coming into and leaving the warehouse.  He also played a key role in planning the warehouse layout in our new Loveland location earlier this year and is continually tweaking the... Read More ⇒

David Rio Chai is in the Warehouse!

You asked for it, and now David Rio Chai is here!  BPS is pleased to announce the arrival of our latest line of chai.  David Rio is a powdered chai and flavors include:  Tiger Spice, Elephant Vanilla, Tortoise Green Tea, Giraffe Decaf, Orca Spice Sugar Free, and Flamingo Vanilla Decaf Sugar Free.  David Rio is available NOW from... Read More ⇒
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