A Truly Remarkable Barista

I happened to cruise by La Marzocco USA‘s blog today, and I’m so glad I did! Gina Palandri of Espresso Partners wrote the most wonderful story about her encounter with a barista named Em. Gina tells the story of an extraordinary woman, who was born with a defect, but through … Read more →

Give a Green Gift to Kenyan Farmers

In an email I received from Diana Roach of ACDI/VOCA,I was thrilled to learn that the organization’s “The Greenest Gift” program has raised $6,000 so far! But there is still a ways to go—the goal is to hit $11,000 in donations by the end of the year. Here’s what it’s … Read more →

Want a Nobel Prize? Drink Coffee.

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize today in Olso, Norway. Although he said he had been inspired by the work and lives of previous winners like Gandhi and King, he didn’t mention the important role that coffee plays in sharpening the mind, inspiring creativity and providing a … Read more →

Sprudge's Holiday Gift Guide

I was cruising around Zachary and Jordan’s HI-larious coffee news site, sprudge.com, and I just had to repost something I found there: it is what very well may be the dumbest invention I’ve ever heard of. Seriously? Don’t you run the risk of pouring hot coffee down the back of … Read more →

Sprudge’s Holiday Gift Guide

I was cruising around Zachary and Jordan’s HI-larious coffee news site, sprudge.com, and I just had to repost something I found there: it is what very well may be the dumbest invention I’ve ever heard of. Seriously? Don’t you run the risk of pouring hot coffee down the back of … Read more →

Coffee Safari in Uganda

We all know that the best coffees rarely stay for consumption in the countries that produce them—when they can fetch higher prices from buyers in richer parts of the world like the United States, Europe and Japan, the highest quality coffee beans are almost never kept and savored by the … Read more →

Tragedy in Washington: Four Police Officers Slain at Coffeehouse

I’ve come to know some of the enthusiastic baristas who work at Forza, a local chain of cafes in Washington, through their participation in the Millrock Latte Art Competitions. Theirs are faces I’m always excited to see coming back to the competition—these baristas get better and better every time, and … Read more →

Bikes to Rwanda T-shirts: A Great Holiday Gift!

After a quiet year of administrative organization, Bikes to Rwanda is back and ready to be better and more successful than ever in 2010! I’m part of the steering committee that met on Tuesday to discuss plans to hire a new Executive Director (check back here, on the Stumptown Coffee … Read more →

Coffee News of the Day

A couple of news stories today from the world of coffee. First up, Bloomberg reports that worldwide coffee production will be down fairly significantly this year (estimated decline approximately 4  million bags). Most of the decline in harvest comes from the big three in production, Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam. The … Read more →

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