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The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality

The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality

It sounds easy enough. Brew the coffee, take out the water, keep the stuff that’s left, package it, and let the consumer put the water back in later. Coffee … instantly. But judging from the 24 soluble coffees we tested for our September tasting report, it isn’t quite as easy...
I’m Board

I’m Board

Time for a moan blog post, its been a while. I decided this year I wanted to stand for the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) board. I wanted to join the board to represent the interests of the groups of people I work with – producers, baristas, and small coffee businesses....
New edition of The World Atlas of Coffee

New edition of The World Atlas of Coffee

I’m very excited to announce that there will be a second edition of The World Atlas of Coffee, and it is released in all good bookshops on October 4 2018. There are a few things I want to cover in this post, answers to questions you might have. What’s New? Statistics and data...
Natural-Process Espressos: Fruit and Chocolate Exalted

Natural-Process Espressos: Fruit and Chocolate Exalted

I recently led a tasting of fine coffees at a consumer event. Only one of these coffees was natural-processed, i.e., had been prepared at the mill by drying the coffee seeds or beans inside the whole fruit. The other samples were all washed coffees, processed by drying the beans after...
Shipping Container Season

Shipping Container Season

Many people have a favourite time of year – perhaps it’s the beautiful oranges and reds of crunchy leaves in autumn, or seeing the first bluebells of spring, but for me 1 of the most magical times of year is right about now -> shipping container season! No I don’t head down to Felixstowe and...
Exciting New Coffees!

Exciting New Coffees!

It’s a Friday! It’s the afternoon! IMM 500 is coming out super soon! I’ve got new coffees to shout about! (I like shouting) KABINGOOOOO! (I miss Kibingo ?) Excited Steve ? A bunch of new coffees have recently gone onto the website and I reeeeally want to let you know they’re there...
Four Lots From Four Different States Score 90+ at Mexico Cup of Excellence

Four Lots From Four Different States Score 90+ at Mexico Cup of Excellence

Four coffee lots from four different Mexican states — including Jalisco, Estado de México, Veracruz and Chiapas — scored 90 points or above at the recent Cup of Excellence (COE)......
US Barista Champion Cole McBride on the Personal Nature of Pursuing Mastery

US Barista Champion Cole McBride on the Personal Nature of Pursuing Mastery

First established in 2002 as the North American Barista Competition, the United States Barista Championship (USBC) was the only national coffee competition hosted by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) until the Cup Tasters Championship......
On Becoming an Authorised SCA Trainer with Manon Larrieu

On Becoming an Authorised SCA Trainer with Manon Larrieu

We have talked about some of the paths that you could take in your coffee career if you are interested in stepping away from the bar and progressing into other roles outside of being a barista. We looked into the world of competitions, recommending that you volunteer at events, we...
From Coffee Shop to Roastery: A Sleek New Countertop Roasting System Emerges

From Coffee Shop to Roastery: A Sleek New Countertop Roasting System Emerges

A new end-to-end roasting solution for coffee shops and cafes made a surprising appearance this Spring. Currently called simply Roastery, the system is centered around a ventless, electric, countertop-friendly roasting machine with......
Denver Indie Institution Pablo’s Coffee Finds New Life in East Colfax

Denver Indie Institution Pablo’s Coffee Finds New Life in East Colfax

From humble beginnings when founder Craig Conner quit his job, sold his house and maxed out his credit cards in 1995 to launch a coffee company, Pablo’s Coffee has managed......
A Master Class in Branding: Dona Chai’s Amy Rothstein Talks Product Development

A Master Class in Branding: Dona Chai’s Amy Rothstein Talks Product Development

When Dona Chai launched in March of 2014, founder Amy Rothstein’s time was split between getting the company off the ground and her graduate work in food studies at NYU. “I......
Hardy Coffee Improves Inside and Out with New Roastery, Bakery and Cafe in Omaha

Hardy Coffee Improves Inside and Out with New Roastery, Bakery and Cafe in Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska-based roaster Hardy Coffee Company has opened a new headquarters in North Omaha’s Highlander neighborhood, including a cafe, a roastery and a bakery all on site. Hardy Owners Autumn and Luke......
This Can Is Self-Chilling, But Is It Cool?

This Can Is Self-Chilling, But Is It Cool?

In today’s edition of Is This A Thing I Should Think Is Cool?, 7-Eleven has announced the release of Fizzics, their new line of sparkling cold brew. But that’s not what is questionably cool (sparkling cold brew is objectively cool. Don’t @ me), it’s the can in which it is...
Low Prices and Rising Costs Threaten the Guatemala Coffee Sector

Low Prices and Rising Costs Threaten the Guatemala Coffee Sector

While Guatemala continues to deliver some of the world’s most exquisite coffees from producers pioneering innovations in processing and variety selection, the country’s coffee sector as is still rebounding from......
Coffee Sprudgecast Episode 053: The One With Jay Stevens

Coffee Sprudgecast Episode 053: The One With Jay Stevens

Welcome to episode 53 of the Coffee Sprudgecast! For this week’s episode we talk about our annual reader survey (take it here!), discuss our Build-Outs of Summer series (submit your build-out here!), fight over the Laurel/Yanni nonsense, and Robyn Brems reads the news. The episode also includes the very special “Build-Outs...
The Extraction Is Embraced At Last by The City of Light

The Extraction Is Embraced At Last by The City of Light

With the FSMA shifting the focus of food safety management from response to prevention, stakeholders in the global coffee supply chain have a lot of work to do in conducting hazard......
Coffee Design: Peaks Coffee Company In Cazenovia, NY

Coffee Design: Peaks Coffee Company In Cazenovia, NY

About 7,000 people call Cazenovia, New York home including Sam Bender and Kelsey Ball, founders of Peaks Coffee Company. Peaks Coffee Co. opened in the Summer of 2015 and last October debuted a fresh new look for their coffee offerings. They worked with designer Lottie Caiella to give the branding an...
How to Run SCA Courses in Producing Countries: A Checklist

How to Run SCA Courses in Producing Countries: A Checklist

Producing countries could be the future of specialty coffee: they have the farms, the coffee shops, the roasteries, the passion and dedication to drive our industry forward. But they’re arguably also where SCA training is most in demand – and where it can have the biggest impact. I’m a travelling freelance...
Coffee Fuels the Creative Communing at Kalamazoo’s Civil House

Coffee Fuels the Creative Communing at Kalamazoo’s Civil House

Coffee shops are often ground zero for creative projects, serving as the initial meeting place for two parties to get to know one another, establish some goals and then let......
At 112, The Oldest Living American Man Drinks A Lot Of Coffee

At 112, The Oldest Living American Man Drinks A Lot Of Coffee

If you want to live forever, or at least as close to forever as possible, you may want to make coffee a good part of your daily ritual. Or at least that was my takeaway from the Dallas Morning News’ recent profile of Richard Overton, the oldest living American man,...
Developing Themselves: Washing Stations and Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda

Developing Themselves: Washing Stations and Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda

(Editor’s note: This is a preview of an article that appeared in the May/June issue of Roast magazine. Click here to read the full article.) Surrounded by warm sunshine and cool......
Speciality Coffee Concoctions Made with Love and Devotion at Aroma Caffee, Bologna.

Speciality Coffee Concoctions Made with Love and Devotion at Aroma Caffee, Bologna.

Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in the north of Italy, might not draw in as many tourists as other known Italian cities, but it surely ranks high (if not the highest) among the places to eat in the country. The city is world-famous for its cuisines, most renown...
Atop A Mountain, Colombia’s Café San Alberto Takes Cues From Vineyards

Atop A Mountain, Colombia’s Café San Alberto Takes Cues From Vineyards

This story begins in Buenavista, the tiniest town in Colombia’s smallest state of Quindío. Here, some of the country’s best-regarded coffees are grown. Here, also, is Café San Alberto, a cafe founded in 2007 that sits atop a mountain, overlooking sprawling farms, where coffee is drunk from wine glasses and...
How Can Coffee Auctions Enable Direct Trade Relationships?

How Can Coffee Auctions Enable Direct Trade Relationships?

Starting a direct trade relationship isn’t easy: you have to find a potential partner, organise farm visits, build trust, and more. It requires a huge investment of time and resources for both roasters and producers. But could green coffee auctions facilitate the start of long-term direct trade relationships with high-quality producers?...