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Understanding How a Coffee Tastes – Through a Microscope’s Lens

Understanding How a Coffee Tastes – Through a Microscope’s Lens

The first time I cupped coffee, like many, I struggled to understand acidity. I didn’t understand where all the aromas were coming from. And I certainly wasn’t giving accurate scores. Nowadays, as a Q-grader, I love the experience of cupping coffee – but as a researcher, I’m also interested in objective...
NPR Explores Hurricane Maria’s Effect On A Puerto Rican Coffee Farm

NPR Explores Hurricane Maria’s Effect On A Puerto Rican Coffee Farm

The devastation left by Hurricane Maria on the island of Puerto Rico has been cataclysmic. Many are without power and potable water, and relief efforts from the United States have come under severe criticism for being insufficient. Estimates of the damage caused have led CNN to refer to Hurricane Maria...
Third Wave Water Fills Shark Tank, Escapes with $100,000 Investment

Third Wave Water Fills Shark Tank, Escapes with $100,000 Investment

Coffee-focused water-additive maker Third Wave Water has landed a $100,000 investment deal through the popular ABC show “Shark Tank” after the founders negotiated with celebrity real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran in an......
The Most Critical Barista Training? It Could Be Mental Health

The Most Critical Barista Training? It Could Be Mental Health

While it’s not often acknowledged, baristas in the Bay Area—and in cities around the world—deal with mental health crises every day. Since many work in city centers with high rates of homelessness and mental illness, helping visitors and customers in crisis makes up a significant part of their routine. On...
Counter Culture’s New TKO Blend Lets You Taste Color Rejects

Counter Culture’s New TKO Blend Lets You Taste Color Rejects

Durham, North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee has unveiled a new line of roasted coffee highlighting an investment in quality control: its mechanical optical sorter. The company’s TKO release — referencing a technical knockout......
6 Roasters, 6 Questions: Sourcing Bloopers

6 Roasters, 6 Questions: Sourcing Bloopers

Profit margins for an ethically driven specialty coffee business are bound to be slim, while the return on a coffee farmer’s investment of labor and finances is substantially slimmer. With these things......
Takayuki Ishitani Wins The 2017 Japan Barista Championship

Takayuki Ishitani Wins The 2017 Japan Barista Championship

The scene is Tokyo, in late September. That’s where Takayuki Ishitani took his place in the history books, securing first place at the 2017 Japan Barista Championship. It is an achievement twelve years in the making. Ishitani’s competed using coffee from Hong Kong’s The Cupping Room, and his championship routine featured a unique...
How to Roast Natural & Honey Processed Coffee

How to Roast Natural & Honey Processed Coffee

Natural and honey processed coffees offer sweet profiles and fuller bodies, but don’t try to roast them like a wet processed lot. You’ll either burn them or lose those very qualities you’re trying to capture. I had the opportunity to speak to Mark Michaelson, 2017 U.S. Roaster Champion and Roaster at...
New York: Pregame For Coffee Masters At The Latte Art Pour Party

New York: Pregame For Coffee Masters At The Latte Art Pour Party

Coffee Masters, the multi-disciplinary coffee hexathlon, descends upon Manhattan this weekend as part of the New York Coffee Festival. But before that all gets going, why not practice your latte arts for a good cause (and a chance to win $1,000)? The aptly-named Latte Art Pour Party is the inaugural event...
Grounds for Health Hopes to Match $200,000 Grant to Help Women in the Coffeelands

Grounds for Health Hopes to Match $200,000 Grant to Help Women in the Coffeelands

Vermont-based international NGO Grounds for Health has received a $200,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor, and every dollar raised for GFH programs affecting the coffee-producing countries of Peru, Ethiopia and Kenya will be......
Third Wave Water Hooks US $100,000 Deal on Shark Tank

Third Wave Water Hooks US $100,000 Deal on Shark Tank

Third Wave Water has already made a splash in the specialty coffee industry, and now it’s set to go mainstream with a US $100,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran of reality TV programme Shark Tank. Shark Tank, if you’re not from the US, sees entrepreneurs pitching their company to highly successful business owners...
Workforce Training Takes Flight in NW Arkansas with Airship Coffee/Brightwater

Workforce Training Takes Flight in NW Arkansas with Airship Coffee/Brightwater

Northwest Arkansas is feeling an influx of people capitalizing on career opportunities through a number of major employers there — Walmart and Tyson are a couple of the big names — making......
Coffee Cocktails At The Movies: Blade Runner 2049

Coffee Cocktails At The Movies: Blade Runner 2049

I sneak coffee into movie theaters—that’s just what I do. But when I told Team Sprudge that I’d next be smuggling coffee into Blade Runner 2049, they insisted that it was time to get more dangerous. To make my smuggling really count, this time they requested not just coffee, but...
A Coffee Lover’s Guide To Vancouver, British Columbia

A Coffee Lover’s Guide To Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada is a big place. And though we claim only a handful of distinct regions compared to our neighbor to the south, each province has its prominent stereotypes. Fishing in the east, the agriculture of the interior, the mountains to the west. And when you get down to the granularity...
How Producers in Laos Are Turning to Specialty Coffee

How Producers in Laos Are Turning to Specialty Coffee

Let’s grab a Khaafeh Lao and talk about what’s behind your morning coffee – both the beans and the producers. This is the story of the people farming your specialty coffee, and the long process of change they’re going through to meet the growing demand for quality and quantity. SEE ALSO: What...
The New Nicaragua: Direct Trade Coffees Rule

The New Nicaragua: Direct Trade Coffees Rule

When we first reported on coffees from Nicaragua, in 2004, the overarching theme was economic development. Specialty coffee was viewed as a way of opening access to economic and social benefits for Nicaragua’s many small- to medium-holding coffee farmers, most of whom had been decimated by the global drop in...
The Coffeewoman Amsterdam: A Night of Awareness, Inclusion and Coffee

The Coffeewoman Amsterdam: A Night of Awareness, Inclusion and Coffee

Last month, Amsterdam’s Bocca Coffee Roasters hosted Europe’s first The Coffeewoman event. Roasters, buyers, educators, business owners and baristas gathered for a series of candid and sometimes challenging discussions about......
Press and Be Merry: 2017 World Aeropress Championship Coming to Seoul

Press and Be Merry: 2017 World Aeropress Championship Coming to Seoul

Some 60 coffee lovers throughout the world have out-pressed their competitors this year to become the 2017 Aeropress champions of their respective countries. Those winners will now gather in Seoul’s Gangnam district for the......
Selling Specialty Coffee in a 2nd Wave Market? Read These Tips

Selling Specialty Coffee in a 2nd Wave Market? Read These Tips

So you want to open up a specialty roastery or coffee shop. Well, I’ve got good news and bad news for you: you can do it, but you may have to rethink your approach. When I first opened as Anchor Coffee Co., a roaster/retailer in the rural south of the US,...
Our Coffee Podcast Is Back! Season Two Is Out Now

Our Coffee Podcast Is Back! Season Two Is Out Now

After a lovely summer hiatus, the Coffee Sprudgecast is back with new segments, new guests, and new chances to giggle. Hosted by Sprudge co-founders Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen, this is Episode 44 of the globe-spanning series, taking you behind the scenes at Sprudge and covering whatever’s new and interesting...
Reno & New Orleans To Host US Coffee Champs Qualifiers

Reno & New Orleans To Host US Coffee Champs Qualifiers

Breaking today via the US Coffee Championships official website, the long-rumored dates and locations for the 2018 Qualifying Events are now confirmed. They’ll take place in Reno, Nevada on December 9th-10th of 2017 and in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 3-4th of 2018. Here’s more from US Coffee Champs: The U.S. Coffee...
The 2018 US Coffee Championships Prelims: Weekend Four

The 2018 US Coffee Championships Prelims: Weekend Four

The final weekend of the US Coffee Preliminaries has come to a close and we now know everyone with a guaranteed spot in the Qualifying Events taking place in the coming months. Events in Louisville and Tulsa—The Kentuckia and Green Country Prelims, respectively—rounded out the month-plus of coffee competitions that...
Third Wave Water Will Appear On Shark Tank This Sunday

Third Wave Water Will Appear On Shark Tank This Sunday

What are you doing on Sunday night? Watching football and drinking because the work week is about to begin? Probably. Instead of doing that, maybe flip over to ABC and watch Shark Tank, because this week’s episode features Third Wave Water. That’s right, the makers of the capsules full of white...
In Philadelphia, Pilgrim Roasters Is Worth the Trip

In Philadelphia, Pilgrim Roasters Is Worth the Trip

At its roastery cafe in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pilgrim Roasters seeks to show respect for the long journey each tiny bean undertakes from soil to cup. This is done not only through investments......
Nice Package: One Village Coffee In Souderton, Pennsylvania

Nice Package: One Village Coffee In Souderton, Pennsylvania

One Village Coffee has been roasting fine coffees for a decade in Souderton, Pennsylvania. The company had a bit of a brand refresh recently, with the help of lifestyle blog The Fresh Exchange. Fresh Exchange designed boxes for One Village’s coffees using light and bright photography and playful hand-written lettering....