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Allegations And Apologies Rock La Marzocco

Allegations And Apologies Rock La Marzocco

In addition to a standard postscript disclosure, this feature requires additional disclosure. The following reporting involves an advertising client on Sprudge Media Network, La Marzocco. It also involves multiple Sprudge contributors: Jenn Chen, Michelle Johnson, and Alex Gable. Thank you for reading Sprudge. A series of allegations, recriminations, comments, and counterclaims have...
Cuento Coffee’s Quarantine Monster Opens Conversations About Mental Health

Cuento Coffee’s Quarantine Monster Opens Conversations About Mental Health

“It’s OK not to be OK.” That’s the message printed on the back of each new bag of Quarantine Monster coffee from the Kansas City-based small-batch roaster Cuento Coffee. While......
Hit The Grounds Running: Coffee-Filled Feet Help Robots Walk Faster

Hit The Grounds Running: Coffee-Filled Feet Help Robots Walk Faster

As more robots make coffee, humans at the University of California San Diego are finding that coffee also offers robots a little extra pep in their step. Roboticists at the......
How To Become A Specialty Coffee Roaster: A Personal Story

How To Become A Specialty Coffee Roaster: A Personal Story

Becoming a specialty coffee roaster is a dream for many coffee lovers. It is often perceived as a sought-after profession, which allows you to drink spectacular tasting coffee, have carefree interactions with admiring customers and travel to exotic countries of origin. As a customer at the hip Danish coffee roastery...
Following Deluge, Relief Effort Supports Uganda’s Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union

Following Deluge, Relief Effort Supports Uganda’s Bukonzo Joint Cooperative Union

Yesterday we shared news of a fundraising campaign to support coffee communities in Northern Rwanda that were some of the hardest hit during this Spring’s historically wet rainy season, which......
Through a Heartbreaking Time in Minneapolis, a Glimmer of Peace (Coffee)

Through a Heartbreaking Time in Minneapolis, a Glimmer of Peace (Coffee)

In no uncertain terms, property damage represents a minuscule price to pay in the grander fight towards justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Delrawn......
Prices for High-End Roasted Specialty Coffee Drop for Second Month Straight

Prices for High-End Roasted Specialty Coffee Drop for Second Month Straight

As the Covid-19 pandemic wears on, an analysis of roasted, bagged, specialty coffee prices has shown a second month of declines, particularly at the highest price points. A recent report......
Lights, Kettle, Action: The PourX Oura Scale Offers Light-Based Guidance

Lights, Kettle, Action: The PourX Oura Scale Offers Light-Based Guidance

A new coffee brewing scale is literally shedding new light on the manual pourover brew method. The PourX Oura scale, designed by the team behind the Jimmy Scale now sold......
Everything You Need to Know About Coffee From Sidama, Ethiopia

Everything You Need to Know About Coffee From Sidama, Ethiopia

Sidama coffee: it’s a phrase associated with spices and citrus notes, crisp acidity, and a rich body.  Along with Harrar and Yirgacheffe, Sidama is one of Ethiopia’s three trade-marked coffee regions. It’s also the source of most of the country’s grade one and grade two beans, which are its two highest...
Trade Launches Come Together Coffee Program to Benefit Local Roasters’ Charities

Trade Launches Come Together Coffee Program to Benefit Local Roasters’ Charities

Peet’s-backed online coffee subscription seller Trade has launched a charitable program called Come Together Coffee, through which profits will be diverted to community-minded nonprofits throughout the United States this month.......
Relief Effort Underway for Rwanda Coffee Communities Ravaged by Floods

Relief Effort Underway for Rwanda Coffee Communities Ravaged by Floods

While much of the international media was devoting its attention to COVID-19 in early May, various coffee-growing regions throughout East Africa were being hammered by steady downpours, flash flooding and......
Specialty Coffee Pros Joel Shuler and Todd Arnette Join Coffee Quality Institute

Specialty Coffee Pros Joel Shuler and Todd Arnette Join Coffee Quality Institute

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has announced the addition of two key staff members: Coffee processing expert Joel Shuler, and longtime specialty coffee professional Todd Arnette. Both Shuler and Arnette......
Lavazza-Made Documentary ‘Coffee Defenders’ to Begin Streaming This Week

Lavazza-Made Documentary ‘Coffee Defenders’ to Begin Streaming This Week

Italian coffee giant Lavazza has taken to the virtual silver screen for an ambitious documentary movie highlighting sustainability initiatives in Colombia’s post-conflict coffeelands. Called “Coffee Defenders: A Path From Coca......
Why Food Security Is a Coffee Industry Issue

Why Food Security Is a Coffee Industry Issue

Producers are amongst the most vulnerable members of the coffee supply chain. Many are already contending against inconsistent and insufficient incomes, which is why in times of crisis, food security can become a pressing issue. If left unchecked, insufficient food security could force coffee farmers to abandon production entirely. Here’s what...
Support These Black-Owned Coffee Companies [Updating]

Support These Black-Owned Coffee Companies [Updating]

Cxffeeblack t-shirt currently in pre-order. (Background pattern illustrated by Taylor McManus @tmcmanusillustration) Many readers have reached out in the last few days via email and social media, requesting a resource to support Black-owned coffee companies in today’s historic moment for civil rights in the United States. In response, the last 24 hours...
How to Roast Brazilian Specialty Coffee

How to Roast Brazilian Specialty Coffee

There is a variety of unique specialty coffee coming out of Brazil. Within this country is a diverse range of landscapes and regions, with space for different coffees to flourish. The result? There are countless different Brazilian flavour profiles to try. Due to its diversity, Brazilian specialty coffee varies dramatically from...
Global Coffee Prices Fall for Second Straight Month, ICO Reports

Global Coffee Prices Fall for Second Straight Month, ICO Reports

Global coffee prices on the commodities markets fell for the second month straight, amplifying economic uncertainty for coffee producers as the current coffee price crisis lingers into its third year.......
The DCN Guide to Online Coffee Events: June 2-8

The DCN Guide to Online Coffee Events: June 2-8

Welcome to DCN’s weekly roundup of coffee events! Hosting an online event that’s free or nearly free to attend? Let us know here. Due to an overwhelming number of requests and......
Coffee Businesses Respond in Solidarity Amidst US Protests

Coffee Businesses Respond in Solidarity Amidst US Protests

As protests emerged in dozens of cities throughout the United States this weekend following the killing of George Floyd led by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, many coffee businesses have......
From Indiana, Specialty Roaster Botz Coffee Beguiles with Roast Profiles

From Indiana, Specialty Roaster Botz Coffee Beguiles with Roast Profiles

The robots may be coming for coffee, although behind every ‘bot there’s at least one even better human. This is certainly the case with Botz Coffee, whose crudely lovable robot......
We Can’t Write About Coffee Today

We Can’t Write About Coffee Today

We can’t write about coffee today because we’re living through history. The largest civil rights protests since the 1960s took place this weekend in the United States, triggered by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, and by the countless senseless police murders that have preceded...
Understanding The Middle East’s Flourishing Coffee Market

Understanding The Middle East’s Flourishing Coffee Market

The Middle Eastern coffee market is experiencing a skyrocketing growth in imports and its younger generation is pushing a specialty coffee scene. Yet the region’s coffee culture is not like that of North America, Europe, or Australia – and those hoping to take advantage of the market opportunities will need...
Austin-Based LeverCraft Coffee Unveils the Ultra Grinder

Austin-Based LeverCraft Coffee Unveils the Ultra Grinder

Austin, Texas-based LeverCraft Coffee — an espresso gear junkie’s paradise from the beginning — has begun rolling out a machine of its own over which to obsess. The company has......
A Chat with Janina Grabs on the New Book ‘Selling Sustainability Short’

A Chat with Janina Grabs on the New Book ‘Selling Sustainability Short’

Can private certification standards truly bring about more sustainable production practices? This is the question at the center of Dr. Janina Grabs‘ forthcoming book, Selling Sustainability Short? The Private Governance of......
Exploring The Relationship Between Specialty Coffee & Podcasts

Exploring The Relationship Between Specialty Coffee & Podcasts

Podcasts are a popular medium for reaching niche audiences through a combination of interviews, storytelling, and interaction. In the past few years, several specialty coffee podcasts have popped up – discussing everything from brewing methods to the origins of coffee.  Listen to Perfect Daily Grind: Coffee Industry Insights on Spotify, Apple...