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 →

Hurricane Hits Nicaragua

Hurricane Ida barreled into eastern Nicaragua today just north of Bluefields. The storm’s trajectory is expected to carry it north through Honduras before possibly returning to the sea where it may regain strength before heading further north toward Mexico. Multiple homes, businesses and farms are reported destroyed in Nicaragua and … Read more →

Ethiopia in flux

Here’s an interesting five-minute video from World Focus, a public television news show, about the status of coffee growing in coffee’s birthplace Bonga, Ethiopia. As we’ve seen in coffee growing regions around the world, when coffee farmers can’t find the markets or prices for their crops, the temptation is strong … Read more →

Vote for the English version of Tim Wendelboe's new book

Tim Wendelboe is one of the biggest World Barista Champion (WBC) success stories in the history of the competition: after winning the WBC in 2004 in Trieste, Italy, Tim went on to start his own cafe and roastery in Oslo, Norway. It’s been a tremendous success, winning the Nordic Roaster … Read more →

Vote for the English version of Tim Wendelboe’s new book

Tim Wendelboe is one of the biggest World Barista Champion (WBC) success stories in the history of the competition: after winning the WBC in 2004 in Trieste, Italy, Tim went on to start his own cafe and roastery in Oslo, Norway. It’s been a tremendous success, winning the Nordic Roaster … Read more →

Barista Pinotage, that is, coffee wine

Our friends who live in South Africa, Loren and Caroline, are coming to visit this week, which is always exciting. Ken just got an email from Loren asking if there was anything we wanted him and Caroline to bring us from Johannesburg. Besides a baby elephant, we couldn’t think of … Read more →

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