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Coffee Farming Guide: How to Improve Soil Quality

Coffee Farming Guide: How to Improve Soil Quality

Growing strong, healthy coffee trees involves balancing several elements: sun, water, wind, and nutrients from the soil. However, when it comes to soil quality, there are many misconceptions. Healthy soil is a fundamental aspect of coffee plant production, and as a farmer looking to get the maximum quality and yield from...
Smeg Acquires Classic Italian Espresso Machine Maker La Pavoni

Smeg Acquires Classic Italian Espresso Machine Maker La Pavoni

Italian appliance manufacturer Grupo Smeg has acquired the classic Italian espresso machine brand La Pavoni. While offering a range of equipment in both the home and commercial categories, both of......
With Industry Partnerships, Farmer Connect Hopes to Boost Blockchain Coffee

With Industry Partnerships, Farmer Connect Hopes to Boost Blockchain Coffee

Adding to the growing list of blockchain-based platforms focused on the coffee sector is Farmer Connect, a Swiss-born platform with initial participation from multiple multinational coffee trading organizations. Founded by......
Starbucks Would Prefer You Don’t Think Too Hard About That $20M Relief Fund

Starbucks Would Prefer You Don’t Think Too Hard About That $20M Relief Fund

A few short weeks ago, Starbucks (SBUX) announced their newest initiative, the Starbucks Emergency Farmer Fund. As part of the initiative, Starbucks has committed to $20 million to smallholder farmers in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador “with whom Starbucks does business, until the coffee market self-corrects and rises above...
Apes & Peacocks Coffee Finds a Second Hideaway in Bustling Manhattan

Apes & Peacocks Coffee Finds a Second Hideaway in Bustling Manhattan

In Duke Ellington’s lifetime, there was only one pressing of his song “Apes & Peacocks,” part of the “Queen’s Suite” album that was delivered to one listener only: Queen Elizabeth......
Bringing Sexy Batch: The Ground Control Cyclops By Voga Coffee

Bringing Sexy Batch: The Ground Control Cyclops By Voga Coffee

When was the last time you Instagrammed a batch brewer? Oftentimes tucked away in a corner or resigned to the back counter, batch brewers are just a fact of life in cafe design. The brewers are needed but they’re not always that exciting to look at. The basic concept of pouring...
Candlestick Coffee Roasters Shines in Rural New Mexico

Candlestick Coffee Roasters Shines in Rural New Mexico

Introducing specialty coffee to markets in rural New Mexico is an endeavor some companies might approach like a journey into darkness, but for Candlestick Coffee Roasters, the path ahead is......
First Look at the 2020 Micro Roaster of the Year Finalists

First Look at the 2020 Micro Roaster of the Year Finalists

The top three finalists for Roast magazine’s 16th Annual Roaster of the Year awards have been announced in the Micro Roaster category. Winners for each category will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 17.......
First Look at the 2020 Macro Roaster of the Year Finalists

First Look at the 2020 Macro Roaster of the Year Finalists

The top three finalists for Roast magazine’s 16th Annual Roaster of the Year awards have been announced in the Macro Roaster category. Winners for each category will be announced this Thursday, Oct.......
Why Greater Coffee Consumption May Not Mean More Beans Sold

Why Greater Coffee Consumption May Not Mean More Beans Sold

Many of us are aware that coffee consumption is rising. That’s good for producers, because rise in demand (with constant production or supply) puts upward pressure on coffee prices, potentially causing them to rise. However, countering the increasing demand for coffee-based beverages is a reduction in the amount of coffee...
The Extraction Says “I’m Yours” to Jason Mraz Coffee

The Extraction Says “I’m Yours” to Jason Mraz Coffee

San Diego’s Bird Rock Coffee Roasters unveiled what it’s touting as the “first ever San Diego-grown Geisha” coffee made available to consumers. Adding to the prestige of the coffee variety......
Beyond Bailies: Cargo

Beyond Bailies: Cargo

Amidst the busy hustle of Holywood High street, surrounded by Ferguson Flower’s collection of giant monsterras, orchids and peace lilies- you'll find the second location of Cargo Coffee. For almost a year, Cargo’s new second location; on Northern Ireland’s ‘Gold Coast’ (or so Mike McGoldrick would call it) has taken off. Inside,Cargo shares...
RoR, Bean Temperature, & More: How to Use Common Roast Data

RoR, Bean Temperature, & More: How to Use Common Roast Data

With just a few temperature probes and a stopwatch, there’s a significant amount of data you can collect while roasting – especially if you also use roast programs capable of performing advanced calculations in real time.  This data can aid you in developing consistent, controlled, and quality coffee roasts. But without...
China and Vietnam Need Sustainable Coffee Farming

China and Vietnam Need Sustainable Coffee Farming

This is the second of Karoline Kan’s two-part series on coffee growing in the Mekong region. Part one is available here. In a street renovated for Buon Ma Thuot’s seventh biennial coffee festival, tourists......
Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Little Waves Coffee Roasters

Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Little Waves Coffee Roasters

In this week’s episode of Unpacking Coffee, Kandace and Ray check in with Areli Barrera de Grodski and Leon Grodski de Barrera, the founders of Little Waves Coffee Roasters in......
Necessary Coffee Buys the Beans Farmers Need to Earn a Living

Necessary Coffee Buys the Beans Farmers Need to Earn a Living

Roasting companies that pursue only the absolute highest quality of coffees operate sourcing programs that are, by definition, exclusive. The farms that produce those coffees, on the other hand, are......
Do Australian Baristas Really Have It Better?

Do Australian Baristas Really Have It Better?

Way back in 2013, Sprudge launched an investigation into barista wages in a worldwide poll that resulted in a then-enlightening find: Australia has the highest-paid baristas in the world. A second poll was later conducted, focusing solely on the land down under and providing deeper insight into the pay of its...
Idealism and Achievement: 8 New North American Roasting Companies

Idealism and Achievement: 8 New North American Roasting Companies

Opening a new coffee roastery today seems like a daunting idea. There’s the increasingly troubled U.S. economy, but even more alarming is the unprecedented turmoil in the global coffee industry, which includes insultingly low prices paid to farmers, infrastructure challenges, and climate change, which has virtually wiped out some regional...
Brewer Basics for Coffee Techs, Part 3: Dispensing Systems

Brewer Basics for Coffee Techs, Part 3: Dispensing Systems

This is the third installment in a series on the basics of coffee brewer components. For more info, read Part 1: Introduction and Part 2: Water Systems. The next component......
Latte Art Of Glass: Come Dance At The Coffee Disco In Brooklyn

Latte Art Of Glass: Come Dance At The Coffee Disco In Brooklyn

Hoo buddy are there a lot of fun coffee things happening in New York City this week. Yesterday, we reported on Slurptoberfest, a palate training competition taking place at Counter Culture’s New York Training Lab. But if you go, you may want to wear your dancing shoes, because taking place...
In San Diego, Claro Coffee Emerges From the Woods

In San Diego, Claro Coffee Emerges From the Woods

Handsome wood surfaces, furniture and accents are often incorporated into the interior designs of coffee shops to create senses of warmth, earthiness and authenticity — all to create a cozy......
Hogg Batch Coffee Doubles Down on Barrel-Aged Beans in Tampa

Hogg Batch Coffee Doubles Down on Barrel-Aged Beans in Tampa

With a distinct focus on barrel aging high-quality coffees, twin brothers Duane and David Hogg are adding considerably more flavor to the Tampa coffee scene.  The brothers began roasting several......
What’s Behind the Coffee Memes Culture: Interview with 50percentarabica

What’s Behind the Coffee Memes Culture: Interview with 50percentarabica

A job of a barista is not always fun. Baristas are often expected to work long hours and provide exceptional customer service to demanding customers. No surprise that an escape for a little joke in the form of a coffee meme is a daily routine to many of them. Alan Jarrar,...
Focused And Refined, Gavel In Indianapolis Is Coffee & Cocktails Under One Roof

Focused And Refined, Gavel In Indianapolis Is Coffee & Cocktails Under One Roof

Just southeast of downtown Indianapolis is Fountain Square, one of seven designated cultural districts in the city. The neighborhood is full of restaurants and art galleries and has grown a reputation as the best place for creative folks to live and work in the city. One of the most recent...
How to Adjust Your Brewing Recipe For Coffee Roast Level

How to Adjust Your Brewing Recipe For Coffee Roast Level

Brewing great coffee means balancing many variables. As well as considering the brewing method and ratio of coffee to water, you should keep your roast profile in mind. Perhaps you have a go-to recipe for making an excellent V60, but if you change from a light roast to medium, you may...