Coffee

Coffee

Dodging Dodgy Coffee

So here’s a story out of Perth, Australia, about how average consumers can avoid buying bad coffee by spotting five simple things in a coffee shop. I like their list – it includes things like how long does it take for them to pull a shot, how clean is the … Read more →

Five is the Magic Number?

Well that was another amazing WBC. But while that was going on, coffee news continued to break. The latest comes from the world of health care, and it turns out that coffee consumption can be very beneficial in a couple of previously unknown arenas. If you drink five cups a … Read more →

Coffee News

Here are a few stories from the coffee world in the news today. First up, Reuters reports that coffee production is set to rise worldwide, however, Colombian arabicas are still in short supply due to bad weather over the last two years. Brazil is expected to make up most of … Read more →

Just Add Ice – A Summer Drink Fair

Last Thursday, we lucky Portlanders had a beautiful late spring afternoon descend upon us. Temperatures rose as the sun stretched across the western sky, and I was thankful to be headed to Portland Roasting for a perfectly timed cold drink showcase and some educational seminars. With samples of blended drinks, … Read more →

Three things to know

Here are three things to know for a Wednesday, or at least some stories out there that I found interesting. One, a production story from Business Week, as the Coffee Board of Kenya raised its production forecast for the East African country by just over six percent based on better weather … Read more →

Coffee News of the Day

A few good or at least mildly entertaining stories out there today from all over the world. First, Ethiopia and Tanzania coffee farmers expect larger than normal crop sizes and prices. Growers in Ethiopia project an increase of 25% over last year’s harvest. BusinessWeek reports on the harvest here: Volumes … Read more →

Out with the old, or everything old is new again?

I just saw this story from the SF Weekly about how Ritual Coffee Roasters has stopped using its French presses and its Clovers, instead opting for the Hario V-60. Ritual, however, isn’t the only Bay Area café choosing sides in the single-cup battles. From the article: San Francisco microroasters aren’t … Read more →

Berry Borer Death Match

Exciting news out of Kenya, a predator of the voracious and devastating coffee berry borer has just recently been discovered. Scientists are hopeful that the newly discovered insect can help control outbreaks of the borer, which can destroy whole fields of coffee plants. The predator is from the family Thysanoptera … Read more →

Want a Nobel Prize? Drink Coffee.

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize today in Olso, Norway. Although he said he had been inspired by the work and lives of previous winners like Gandhi and King, he didn’t mention the important role that coffee plays in sharpening the mind, inspiring creativity and providing a … Read more →

Coffee News of the Day

A couple of news stories today from the world of coffee. First up, Bloomberg reports that worldwide coffee production will be down fairly significantly this year (estimated decline approximately 4  million bags). Most of the decline in harvest comes from the big three in production, Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam. The … Read more →

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