Twin Cities Barista Jam!

I’m so heartened to see more specialty coffee importers getting on the pro barista bandwagon. It’s great to see folks all along the coffee chain appreciating and understanding that professional baristas are playing an enormous role in the present and future of our industry. I’ve said it so many times, … Read more →

Dance, Monkey! Dance!

Our old friend, and chairman of the USBC, Nick Cho, recently had an op-ed in the Washington Post writing about his reaction to Starbuck’s not-a-Starbucks café in Seattle. He writes: So some people might assume that I’d poo-poo Starbucks’s efforts. Everyone expects the proverbial little guy to sling stones at … Read more →

Aug/Sept '09 iMag Online Now

While your hard copy version is working its way through the press/postal system, the iMag version of the August/September issue just went live. In this issue you can read about: working with coffee growers in Burundi Michael Phillips on his visit to Brazil our cover story on the one and … Read more →

Aug/Sept ’09 iMag Online Now

While your hard copy version is working its way through the press/postal system, the iMag version of the August/September issue just went live. In this issue you can read about: working with coffee growers in Burundi Michael Phillips on his visit to Brazil our cover story on the one and … Read more →

The Three Bs

Time Out New York says the market (and the public’s perception) is rapidly changing for three hot jobs. Before they were the object of magazine profiles and reality shows, chefs were considered little more than skilled laborers. In fact, it wasn’t until 1977 that the U.S. Department of Labor even … Read more →

What's Up in Ethiopia?

Last August, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee must be traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), eliminating direct trade with specialty coffee producers. In a recent paper, a writer in the Ethiopian Review examines this decision and its effect on the coffee market. The author writes: “As it … Read more →

What’s Up in Ethiopia?

Last August, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee must be traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), eliminating direct trade with specialty coffee producers. In a recent paper, a writer in the Ethiopian Review examines this decision and its effect on the coffee market. The author writes: “As it … Read more →

So will he sue the coffee company?

This weekend I caught rerun of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer tries to sneak a “café latte” into a movie theater, accidentally drops it down his pants and then sues the coffee company for making his drink too hot. Mostly I was amused by how many times the characters said … Read more →

Six grand and go

Here’s a story from CNN today about a woman in Boston, Lucy Valena, who just opened her own coffee company, Voltage Coffee, a mobile espresso catering gig, with $2,000 of her own money and a $4,000 loan from Sam Adams (no not Porltand’s mayor Sam Adams) the brewery. Why the … Read more →

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