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Ben Kaminsky, Barismo/Ritual

January 21, 2010 // by soundbites

We talk about the state of the specialty coffee industry with Ben Kaminsky, coffee taster (the 2009 United States Cup Tasting Champion) and consultant, a founder of Barismo in Boston, and now working at Ritual Roasters, based right here in the Mission District.



7 thoughts on “Ben Kaminsky, Barismo/Ritual

  1. Ben F. Tarnoff says:

    I have a question: Why is Ben Kaminsky considered controversial in the coffee scene?

  2. soundbites says:

    Listen to the interview and you’ll start to understand.

  3. Tom Baker says:

    Great interview. Can’t wait for the next.

  4. I have a question: Since when is Ben Kaminsky the founder of Barismo? Where is the fact checking here?

  5. soundbites says:

    Thanks for getting in touch Chris; glad you found the interview. This is the description on the homepage: “Champion coffee taster Ben Kaminsky talks about the roastery he helped found in Boston and the state of specialty coffee today.” I will change add the article “a” to the item page to better reflect this. If this is not accurate let me know here or at


  6. Ron Kleist says:

    I appreciate the thoughtful comments and honest opinions of someone gifted with the ability to discern what is going on inside the cup.

  7. Hi
    I’m trying to get in touch with Ben Kaminsky. Any chance anyone out there would have his email address?
    Much appreciate it,
    Israel Fridman

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