An Interview with Matty Bolchi

Matty Bolchi doesn't really require an introduction. A veteran in Latte Art Competition and a friend to many, Matty took some time to reflect with us on the ways that his perspective has changed over the past 10 years of being a barista. He spoke to us on the things that he feels are truly important in the industry but are often missed. Keep reading to see more of his thoughts!

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Amy Smithwick
Photos from Coffee Fest L.A.

We are excited to present you the photos taken by photographers Rob Sykes and Gerardo Velasquez during the Coffee Fest Show L.A. Latte Art World Championship Open 2019. Please feel free to download and use under the joint rights of Slow Pour Supply and Coffee Fest Show. Please also credit our amazing photographers as you re-post.

Thank you, and enjoy!

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Anita Tam
An interview with Gerardo Velasquez

Barista, photographer, and actor, Gerardo Velasques has worked in the coffee industry for the last four years. We took some time to ask him some questions about his experiences in the creative world, and he gave us some insight that was both honest and refreshing. During his years spent in coffee, Gerardo has not only grown in his artistic abilities but has found deep belonging in the coffee community. 

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Amy Smithwick
Designer and Illustrator - Lauren Lee

Our newly released #FlowControl pin was created for us by designer and artist Lauren Lee, who is enamored by all things whimsical. We had the opportunity to sit down with her and learn a little bit about her own creative “flow” and the things that inspire her.  

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Anita Tam
2019 United States Barista Champion - Samantha Spillman

We recently spoke with the 2019, US Barista Champion, Samantha Spillman and asked her a couple questions about her experiences in competition and her thoughts on the coffee industry. Sam also passed along some of her pro-tips for those getting ready to compete. Check out below to see what she has to say!

photo credit: United States Coffee Championship

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Anita Tam
The Glitter Cat Barista - T Ben Fisher

Founder of Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp (GCBB), T Ben’s goal is to represent and give voice and opportunity to those who are underrepresented in the coffee industry. T Ben took a moment to share with us on what drove him to start the Glitter Cat Barista Bootcamp as well as talking about what inspires him daily!

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Amy Smithwick