Business

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 →

Food Carts: Wave of the Future?

Way back in 1989, Lloyd Dobler claimed that kickboxing was the sport of the future. Twenty years later, eh… not so much. (But I suppose he might have been onto something foreshadowing the rise of MMA.) Now for the last couple of years here is Portland, we’ve seen a huge … Read more →

Peet’s Buys Diedrich

Some interesting news out in the last couple of days that Peet’s, the coffee roaster and retailer out of Emeryville, Calif., has bought Irvine, Calif.-based, Diedrich Coffee. Here’s the story from the L.A. Times. The deal is reportedly worth around $213 million. The acquisition will help Peet’s expand its wholesale … Read more →

Peet's Buys Diedrich

Some interesting news out in the last couple of days that Peet’s, the coffee roaster and retailer out of Emeryville, Calif., has bought Irvine, Calif.-based, Diedrich Coffee. Here’s the story from the L.A. Times. The deal is reportedly worth around $213 million. The acquisition will help Peet’s expand its wholesale … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance?

I saw this today and couldn’t believe it was true. But apparently, it is. Wow. As basketball season starts tomorrow (Go Blazers!), and those terrible rumors spread two years ago that Greg Oden hurt his knee playing Dance Dance Revolution, if we get any of these machine here in Portland, … Read more →

A Consumer’s Quest for a Perfect Cup

Gizmodo is a cool gadget blog that I enjoy reading on occasion. It’s similar to Wired magazine. And it recently had a nice post about discovering quality coffee (and the machines that make it.) Set mostly at Ninth Street Espresso in New York, it features a long guest appearance from … Read more →

A Consumer's Quest for a Perfect Cup

Gizmodo is a cool gadget blog that I enjoy reading on occasion. It’s similar to Wired magazine. And it recently had a nice post about discovering quality coffee (and the machines that make it.) Set mostly at Ninth Street Espresso in New York, it features a long guest appearance from … Read more →

Hey, that’s some bad coffee

We spend a lot of time here at Barista Magazine writing about, thinking about and drinking some awesome coffees. Turns out, however, that a lot of other people out there don’t. So instead of a five best coffee drinks, here’s a list of the five worst. The list, note, is … Read more →

Hey, that's some bad coffee

We spend a lot of time here at Barista Magazine writing about, thinking about and drinking some awesome coffees. Turns out, however, that a lot of other people out there don’t. So instead of a five best coffee drinks, here’s a list of the five worst. The list, note, is … Read more →

My latest Guardian article

I sometimes freelance for The Guardian about coffee related issues, and my latest rant, this time on laptop use and free Wi-Fi in cafes, is up HERE. Interestingly, in writing this, I contacted James and Anette at Square Mile to ask about whether this issue is active in London (considering … Read more →

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