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The Barista as John Henry

The alternate title for this post could be “Welcome our Robot Overlords” or perhaps, “Resistance is Futile.” The robots are coming after all, just like the steam-powered shovel came for John Henry. In the end it didn’t matter that John Henry could drive steel so well that he did in … Read more →

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Knapp Time: Madcap’s Ryan Knapp Talks Coffee Retailing at International Coffee Week

One the big topics of discussion and interest here in Brazil is the specialty coffee retailing experience in other places, specifically the US. Ryan Knapp from Madcap Coffee Roasters in Grand Rapids, Mich. was invited to speak about his company’s retailing experience and methods during one of the Café DNA … Read more →

What’s Really Up with Stumptown

Now for a quick break from WBC coverage. Yes, even here in Colombia people have been abuzz since a thinly sourced story broke earlier this week that Duane Sorenson, owner of Stumptown Coffee, sold out to some big corporation. Though Matt Lounsbury quicky denied the report to local a Portland … Read more →

Retailing News from SoCal

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea opened its third Southern California store yesterday. Located in Pasadena, most famously known (to me at least) for being the home of the Rose Bowl, the shop once again shows Intelligentsia’s willingness to experiment and deviate from its previous models to create a new space. From … 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 →

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 →

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