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Here Are The Winners From The 2020 US Coffee Champs Orange County Event

Here Are The Winners From The 2020 US Coffee Champs Orange County Event

What a weekend it has been at the 2020 US Coffee Championships combined event in Orange County, California! With National stages of competition for the Barista Championship and Brewers Cup as well as Qualifying Event rounds for Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roasters, The OC Fair & Event...
A Complete Guide to The Greek Freddo

A Complete Guide to The Greek Freddo

For decades, Greeks have enjoyed the Freddo as a way to cool down while enjoying coffee, and it’s a drink that’s both deeply ingrained in Greek culture and hugely popular amongst locals.  You might be wondering what exactly a Freddo is, and what makes it so beloved by Greeks. Or if...
Dutch Bros. Coffee Hires Seattle Rapper Macklemore In Most PNW Story Of All-Time

Dutch Bros. Coffee Hires Seattle Rapper Macklemore In Most PNW Story Of All-Time

Not photoshopped. Continuing the long tradition of cheesy white dudes getting coffee promotions for which they are dubiously qualified, Seattle rapper Macklemore (née Benjamin Haggerty) has been named Executive Creative Dirctor at Dutch Bros. Coffee Cold Brew division. For those unfamiliar, Dutch Bros. is a southern Oregon based chain of drive-thru coffee...
In Gilbert, Arizona, Mythical Coffee Strives for Legendary Coffee

In Gilbert, Arizona, Mythical Coffee Strives for Legendary Coffee

Dark roasts are “stronger;” coffee dehydrates you; a proper macchiato stands 10 inches tall. These are just a few of the many popular myths about coffee. Combating these and others......
Coffee Design: Sabor From Counter Culture Coffee

Coffee Design: Sabor From Counter Culture Coffee

We’re taking a closer look at a new offering from Counter Culture Coffee. The new blend, Sabor,  celebrates flavor perception while showcasing Counter Culture Coffee’s Tasters Flavor Wheel and offers a challenge to coffee drinkers—drink the coffee, and tell CCC what you think it tastes like. “There’s no one right answer,” CCC’s...
Bourbon Coffee Variety: A Guide For Producers & Roasters

Bourbon Coffee Variety: A Guide For Producers & Roasters

Arabica coffee is significant in specialty coffee production, with Bourbon being one of the varieties that takes centre stage. The World Coffee Research Organization (WCR) even refers to it as “one of the most culturally and genetically important… varieties in the world”.  Whether you’re considering producing it or roasting it, understanding...
In New Lenox, Gost Coffee is Chicagoland’s Newest Coffee Haunt

In New Lenox, Gost Coffee is Chicagoland’s Newest Coffee Haunt

Should an ethereal poof of smoke or steam startle you while wandering between offices at 1333 S. Schoolhouse Road in New Lenox, Illinois, you may have stumbled upon a Gost.......
Help Support the Family of Rwandan Coffee Star Pascal Kalisa

Help Support the Family of Rwandan Coffee Star Pascal Kalisa

World Coffee Research, the Rwandan coffee industry and the coffee sector at large lost one of its brightest champions on Feb. 4, as Pascal Gakwaya Kalisa lost his life in......
Colombia Bets on Farmers with $64 Million Coffee Price Stabilization Fund

Colombia Bets on Farmers with $64 Million Coffee Price Stabilization Fund

The Colombian government officially launched a coffee price stabilization fund designed to protect the country’s hundreds of thousands of coffee farmers from the volatility of the commodities market. The groundbreaking......
The 2020 US Coffee Championships Orange County Events Portal

The 2020 US Coffee Championships Orange County Events Portal

California here we cooooooooooome… Things are heating up now. While the Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, and Roaster Championship reach the midway point of their Qualifying Event rounds, the Barista Championship and Brewers Cup are ready to crown their next champion, and it’s all going down this weekend at the...
Catuai & Yellow Bourbon: Exploring Brazil’s Coffee Varieties

Catuai & Yellow Bourbon: Exploring Brazil’s Coffee Varieties

Brazil dominates the coffee industry. It’s responsible for roughly a third of the coffee we drink. One single state in Brazil, Minas Gerais, produces more coffee than any other country in the world. It’s also the world’s biggest consumer of coffee. And this coffee giant is also strongly associated with certain...
Prominent Bay Area Indies Are Joining Starbucks-Backed Reusable Cup Program

Prominent Bay Area Indies Are Joining Starbucks-Backed Reusable Cup Program

After years of investments and countless hours of research, humankind may be one step closer to its crowning achievement: a cup that can be used, then used again another time.......
Starbucks and McDonalds Are Experimenting With Reusable Cups

Starbucks and McDonalds Are Experimenting With Reusable Cups

One of the biggest sources of waste produced by coffee shops comes from disposable cups. You can make them recyclable and compostable all you want—both of which are inarguably good things, certainly better than the alternative—but unless folks use them to those ends instead of throwing them in the garbage,...
Intelligentsia Holds Smallholder-Supportive ECWx Events in Honduras and Guatemala

Intelligentsia Holds Smallholder-Supportive ECWx Events in Honduras and Guatemala

Despite all its growth over the years, Chicago-based Intelligentsia Coffee, at its sourcing core, has maintained a steadfast commitment to promoting quality and sustainable long-term relationships with coffee farmers. That......
Tate’s Head of Coffee: What Debate Over Pay Reveals About Clash of ‘High’ and ‘Low’ Culture

Tate’s Head of Coffee: What Debate Over Pay Reveals About Clash of ‘High’ and ‘Low’ Culture

When the Tate advertised for a new “head of coffee by Tate” recently, listing a salary of £39,500 plus a sales related bonus, there was a chorus of outrage on......
Nominate Your Heroes Today For The Sprudge Twenty Presented By Pacific Barista Series

Nominate Your Heroes Today For The Sprudge Twenty Presented By Pacific Barista Series

Friends! Readers! Coffee enthusiasts, lend us your eyeballs. We’re looking for your help in discovering this year’s class of The Sprudge Twenty, our annual initiative honoring and amplifying extraordinary individuals in the specialty coffee community. Presented in partnership with Pacific Barista Series, the Sprudge Twenty is searching for mentors and...
How Roasters & Producers Can Improve Green Bean Sampling

How Roasters & Producers Can Improve Green Bean Sampling

As a green coffee buyer, you’ll know that samples allow you to discover the qualities of a certain coffee batch, so you can assess whether or not it will meet your portfolio requirements. As a producer, you’ll know that samples could make – or break – your sale.  The sampling process...
Cropster Releases 2nd Edition of its ‘Specialty Coffee’ Book

Cropster Releases 2nd Edition of its ‘Specialty Coffee’ Book

Coffee solutions provider Cropster has released the second edition of its book, “Specialty Coffee — Managing Quality.” The company — which provides a host of software and digital solutions for......
From Packaging to Training, Expat Roasters Finds Its Place in Bali

From Packaging to Training, Expat Roasters Finds Its Place in Bali

As its name suggests, Bali, Indonesia-based Expat Roasters (styled “Expat. Roasters” by the company), has always carried some non-local influences in its approach to coffee. Yet as the coffee roasting......
New Study Finds That Coffee Is Good For Your Bones

New Study Finds That Coffee Is Good For Your Bones

Step aside, milk, there’s a new osteo-hero in town, and its name is coffee. A new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism from researchers at the University of Hong Kong finds that drinking coffee promotes bone mineral density, a key indicator of strong, healthy bones. As reported...
Brazilian Roasting Giants Combine as Grupo 3corações Acquires Mitsui

Brazilian Roasting Giants Combine as Grupo 3corações Acquires Mitsui

Two of the largest coffee companies in the world’s second-largest coffee-consuming country, Brazil, are combining, as Grupo 3corações (3C) is acquiring Mitsui Alimentos for approximately $48 million USD. Owned by......
5 New Coffee Bars From Berlin’s Remarkable Scene

5 New Coffee Bars From Berlin’s Remarkable Scene

Step into Berlin from abroad and you might be surprised. In many ways this global city prizes nonchalance, resulting in a palpable resistance to the attention-seeking retail presence commonplace in other major cities. Here, cafes are hidden behind nondescript signage, cash is king, and true quality is married to subtlety. Walk...
Barista Stories: Dajo Aertssen of Coffee Makers in Lille

Barista Stories: Dajo Aertssen of Coffee Makers in Lille

Dajo Aertssen is 32 years old barista and roaster from Belgium who lives and works in Lille, France. Dajo chose coffee as a career after living 9 months on the specialty coffee farm in Brazil. He is also one of the best coffee tasters in the world, placing 2nd at...
The Emerging Specialty Coffee Origins to Pay Attention To

The Emerging Specialty Coffee Origins to Pay Attention To

The global coffee market is constantly evolving. While coffee production is currently dominated by a select group of countries, sourcing coffee from emerging regions might be a way to meet future demand, and meet rising expectations from the specialty coffee market. Emerging regions aren’t just countries that have been producing coffee...
More Local Coffee Roasters Likely Coming to US Airports

More Local Coffee Roasters Likely Coming to US Airports

A company that has been quietly puppeteering the food and drink choices for millions travelers in the United States for decades may very well be bringing more high-quality specialty coffee......