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El Salvador Coffees 2019: Pacamaras, Bourbons and Change

El Salvador Coffees 2019: Pacamaras, Bourbons and Change

When we focus a report on a single origin, in this case El Salvador, we try to time the report so that we are testing mainly freshly arrived coffees, coffees that represent the best of the year’s new crop. This year, however, we were a bit too early with our...
Specialty Coffee Meets Old-School Auto-Vending in Richmond

Specialty Coffee Meets Old-School Auto-Vending in Richmond

As the internet has become the corpse-filled battleground for roasters seeking direct-to-consumer sales of roasted, packaged coffee, Blanchard’s Coffee in Richmond, Virginia, is taking it back to the streets. The......
James Hoffmann Wants You To Microwave Your Coffee

James Hoffmann Wants You To Microwave Your Coffee

James Hoffmann is the 2007 World Barista Champion and co-founder of London’s Square Mile Coffee Roasters. He is also the owner of a rather popular coffee-based YouTube channel (he’s closing in on 90,000 subscribers), where he offers tips, tricks, and reviews for those looking to increase their coffee knowledge. Hoffmann...
The Extraction Feels a Little Better About Restaurant Coffee

The Extraction Feels a Little Better About Restaurant Coffee

Portland, Oregon-based maker of specialty coffee brewers and accessories Ratio has received an equity investment from Brant and Patrick Curtis, formerly of the commercial coffee equipment company Wilbur Curtis, according......
What Kind Of Nut Milk Are You?

What Kind Of Nut Milk Are You?

Moo-ve over, dairy milk. Plant-based milk alternatives are the new moo and there’s never been a better time to enjoy these beverages at coffee bars around the world. With so many choices which one is right for you? Take this personality quiz to find out what nut milk suits you...
What Is a Cacao Cut Test & When Is it Useful?

What Is a Cacao Cut Test & When Is it Useful?

You may have seen striking images of bisected cacao beans. These vivid purple slices aren’t just for show – they’re part of an evaluation method called a cut test. But is this test actually meaningful? Cut tests are one of multiple analyses done at origin to evaluate fermentation and give some...
Aug 15, Back to school coffee makers for your dorm room coffee.

Aug 15, Back to school coffee makers for your dorm room coffee.

One way to make coffee in a dorm room is with a single serve coffee maker. Another way is to take the hands-on approach....
Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Benjamin Paz of San Vicente

Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Benjamin Paz of San Vicente

While Unpacking Coffee has exclusively focused on roasters since its debut, its 71st episode heads further into the coffee chain as Kandace and Ray chat with renowned Honduran coffee producer......
Cup Of Excellence Enjoyed By All (Except Indonesia)

Cup Of Excellence Enjoyed By All (Except Indonesia)

For 20 years now, the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) has been putting on Cup of Excellence competitions to cup, score, and ultimately auction off some of the best coffees produced in a given country. Beginning in 1999 with the inaugural competition in Brazil, the Cup of Excellence has expanded...
Cosmos Coffee Brings Coffee Lovers to the Deutsches Museum in Munich

Cosmos Coffee Brings Coffee Lovers to the Deutsches Museum in Munich

We visited the Cosmos Coffee exhibition at the Deutsches Museum in Munich. It is a must-visit attraction for any coffee lover visiting the city. Curator of the exhibition, Sara Marquart, walked us around showing her favourite exhibits. You can visit Cosmos Coffee in Munich until May 2020, then it will...
Natural Processing Bursts Through at 7th Burundi Cup of Excellence

Natural Processing Bursts Through at 7th Burundi Cup of Excellence

Among all 23 winning coffees in the 2019 Burundi Cup of Excellence countrywide coffee competition, it was a rare natural-process coffee that took the highest score. In fact, 2019 marked......
SCA Unveils Its Coffee Sustainability Program

SCA Unveils Its Coffee Sustainability Program

The Specialty Coffee Association has announced the launch of its Coffee Sustainability Program, a professional education program that responds to the growing demand of sustainability in the coffee business. In......
Build-Outs Of Summer: Seven Stars Bakery In Cranston, RI

Build-Outs Of Summer: Seven Stars Bakery In Cranston, RI

I have to admit: I’m a sucker for a bakery with good coffee or a coffee shop with a good baked goods selection. Any time I go into a place to find one and the other is also available, you better believe I’m doubling up. That’s why for any trip...
Changing Challenges & Solutions for Guatemalan Coffee Producers

Changing Challenges & Solutions for Guatemalan Coffee Producers

The coffee industry is facing some serious challenges – low C prices, climate change, and the impact of political tension to name a few. But how do these compare to the challenges faced by previous generations of coffee producers, and what can we learn from our elders? I spoke to several...
Reunion Drops the Island, Rebrands as Reunion Coffee Roasters

Reunion Drops the Island, Rebrands as Reunion Coffee Roasters

Ontario, Canada’s Reunion Coffee Roasters, formerly known as Reunion Island Coffee, has executed a complete rebranding to enhance its social mission while eliminating island-related confusion among customers.  Founded 24 years......
‘Molecular Coffee’ Startup Atomo Coffee Receives $2.6 Million Seed

‘Molecular Coffee’ Startup Atomo Coffee Receives $2.6 Million Seed

Seattle beverage startup Atomo Coffee has received $2.6 million in seed funding for what is essentially a seedless beverage business. Atomo made headlines upon the launch of its Kickstarter campaign......
Thou Mayest’s Latest: Thee Outpost in Kansas City

Thou Mayest’s Latest: Thee Outpost in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri-based coffee roaster Thou Mayest has had a bustling 2019 following the dramatically timed shuttering of its Kansas City, Missouri, flagship coffee house last Christmas Eve. In February,......
Jim Gaffigan’s Decaf Hot Take Is Un-American

Jim Gaffigan’s Decaf Hot Take Is Un-American

Jim Gaffigan is a comedian. He tells jokes, many of which are funny. But there are just some things that shouldn’t be joked about. One of those things is coffee, specifically decaf. But in noted curse word enthusiast Gaffigan’s shock-comedy fashion, on his recent visit to CBS News to promote...
Funding Your Cafe Dreams

Funding Your Cafe Dreams

Have you ever wanted to launch your own coffee business but didn’t know quite where or how to seek funding? While this perennial question can present major challenges to all aspiring business owners, there are myriad methods to choose from—or mix and match—to get the launch money you need, each...
The Pros & Cons of Growing Organic Coffee

The Pros & Cons of Growing Organic Coffee

The topic of organic coffee can be polarizing. For those in favor of it, the environmental benefits of organic production are obvious. Those on the other side might mention the inefficient and expensive certification process, and the fact that any chemical residues will be burnt off in the roasting process. Organic...
Reza’s Roast Treats Downtown Dayton Like Family

Reza’s Roast Treats Downtown Dayton Like Family

In specialty coffee the concentration on “character” often applies to what’s in the cup — the attributes of coffees from different origins, processed and roasted in different ways. In Fairborn,......
ACE Suspends First Indonesia Cup of Excellence, Cites Funding Hurdles

ACE Suspends First Indonesia Cup of Excellence, Cites Funding Hurdles

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence has announced that the first Cup of Excellence auction and competition planned for Indonesia has been temporarily suspended due to funding and logistics hurdles. Along......
Not a Bird, Not a Plane: It’s Superthing Coffee in Austin

Not a Bird, Not a Plane: It’s Superthing Coffee in Austin

Late last month, the partnership team behind Austin coffee shop Patika opened a second location called Patika Luncheonette, a casual eatery in the lobby of a downtown Congress Ave. office......
Study Finds Link Between Caffeine Consumption And Migraines

Study Finds Link Between Caffeine Consumption And Migraines

It’s not all roses when it comes to coffee consumption’s affect on individuals, though I’d gladly keep my head buried in the grounds or lie—to myself and to others—to espouse the contrary. But alas, a new study from researchers at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and...
Build-Outs Of Summer: Aveley Farms Coffee Roasters In Baltimore, MD

Build-Outs Of Summer: Aveley Farms Coffee Roasters In Baltimore, MD

For many folks, knowledge of the city of Baltimore begins and ends with The Wire or Serial or with some pretty big lies from a very small man. But anyone who has actually stepped foot in the city knows that these reference points—both true and not—only paint a very small...