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Bio-char surrounding a coffee seedling at Julio Hernandez Cooperative.

Biochar for All: Fighting Rust While Financing Farmers

Article and photos by Nora Burkey The morning of Saturday, March 8, 2014, I was awoken by a cheerful voice crowing, “Happy International Women’s Day!” It was none other than Nicaraguan powerhouse Fatima Ismael Espinoza, general manager of SOPPEXCCA, a second-level coffee cooperative representing 12 base-level cooperatives in the coffee-growing region of … Read more →

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The Origin of Geisha

One of the most beautiful parts of being in the coffee industry is the magic and mystery that surrounds so much coffee history. And while we will never know if Kaldi’s goats really danced, we might be closer to finding out the truth behind coffee’s other great legend: the origin … Read more →

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Sacramento Superstar Temple Coffee is Growing!

Editor’s note: We’re reposting this blog article about Temple Coffee in Sacramento because we just got some new photos from the company’s downtown location. We originally posted this as a preview to Temple’s 8-year anniversary party in mid November of 2013. Temple is a really stellar company that is playing a … Read more →

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Vail Mountain Coffee Teams with Colorado Nonprofit to Benefit Cancer Fighters

This is one of those warm-your-heart stories that makes the holiday season wonderful: there’s a nonprofit in Denver called First Descents which is all about providing young adults who are surviving and fighting cancer—regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis, or prognosis—with outdoor adventure opportunities. The goal is to give them a … Read more →

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Roasting With Solar Power

I had a total blast getting to know and hanging out with the crew from Single Origin Roasters out of Sydney, Australia, when we were in Melbourne for the World Barista Championship in May. They’re a lively, fun-loving, quality-focused group—their coffee is bitchen, too! Emma Cohen of Single Origin emailed me the … Read more →

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What’s inside your cup of coffee?

Here at Barista Magazine if there are two things we love, they’re science and Wired magazine! Ok, we love a lot more than two things obviously. I mean we’ve got to have coffee on that list, right? And cafe culture and the worldwide community of baristas, farmers and coffee professionals … Read more →

Make this your most Sustainable Summer yet.

Sustainable Summertime Rolls

Editor’s note: Erin Meister, a frequent contributing writer to Barista Magazine as well as our publication’s trusted Copy Editor, is a regional representative for Counter Culture Coffee’s (CCC) Counter Intelligence education program, and is based in New York. Meister—as she is referred to by the many who know and love her in … Read more →

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