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This is What Small Business is All About

I love this video that my friend David at Tony’s Coffee just shared with me. First of all, it totally makes me want to move to Bellingham. But seriously, it reminds me why we dedicate our lives to specialty coffee, whether it’s roast small batches of beautiful coffees or self … Read more →

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NYC: Sparkling Guatemalan Coffees Coming Your Way

The Guatemalan road trip continues in New York next week with two cuppings of the spectacular microlot coffees on offer from  Tostaduría Guatemalteca Lab (TG-LAB) and Mayaland Coffee. You may recall our write-up about the event when it took place in Portland, Ore., at the American Barista & Coffee School in August: Dan … Read more →

Stefanos, Alejandro, and some fun-lovin' soldiers during tonight's coffee service.

Intro to Origin by Alejandro Mendez

Imagine you’re a barista in Russia. Most of you can’t, can you? It’s an enormous yet isolated land, and the chances of most Russian baristas visiting a coffee-producing country are extremely slim. In fact, the chances of them even meeting another barista who has been to origin are small. So … Read more →

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Summer School with Heather

Seriously, folks: I’m not a barista, but if I were, I would want Heather Perry kicking my ass into being all I could be. This woman means business: I actually think I would hire her to kick my butt about getting better at anything (watch out, Cole)—she’s a fighter, she’s … Read more →

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New from David Schomer

We love David Schomer. His is such a remarkable brain in the specialty coffee industry, but even with all those smarts, he is kind and humble, and generous with his praise for baristas just starting out. I used to judge with him at the Coffee Fest latte art championships, and … Read more →

Allegro Coffee in Thornton, Colorado, will host the It's All About Coffee Lecture & Forum on July 20.

Rocky Mountain Coffee-High

My pal Josh Taves of Dogwood Coffee just wrote to tell me about a really cool event that’s set for July 20 in Thornton, Colorado: It’s All About Coffee Lecture & Forum! Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance—which is a community-building group originally started by Chris Schooley and … Read more →

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Lessons from the Oregon Wine Industry

Last week’s meeting with Congressman Earl Blumenauer brought a couple of esteemed members of the Oregon wine industry in to meet with the local coffee roaster and retailing community. The Congressman had said in prior Roasters Forums that he felt there were a lot of similarities between the two groups … Read more →

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