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10 Minutes With Justin DeWaard

Justin DeWaard General Manager/Director of Coffee Rowster Coffee Grand Rapids, Michigan What other coffee jobs have you had? I started working in 2005 at JP’s Coffee & Espresso in Holland, Mich., as a barista—though Sherry, the manager, will tell you she gave me a job just so she wouldn’t have … Read more →

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A Portland Cafe Builds Its Local Community

This is a two part look at Portland, Oregon’s the Arbor Lodge and its sister nonprofit Vocoform. By Jeremy Martin Scott Davison likes to say that good coffee makes good conversation, and great coffee makes great conversation. For Davison and the Arbor Lodge neighborhood of Portland, Ore., the coffee being … Read more →

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Cooperative members standing on top of the finished product.

The Cooperative Problem and Promise

Article and photos by Nora Burkey Independence in coffee is anything but efficient. Buying from cooperatives, where members must always work and make decisions together, can be something of a statement of solidarity, or a show of political opinion, rather than a choice based on the coffee alone. While producers … Read more →

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10 Minutes With Matt Vassau

Matt Vassau Founder and CEO Driven Coffee Minneapolis, Minnesota What other coffee jobs have you had? My first coffee job was VP of field operations for Espresso Partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We serviced and sold coffee and espresso equipment, and I managed the tech force. I later moved into the … Read more →

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Coffee Fest St. Louis Latte Art Bracket is Up!

We can’t wait for Coffee Fest St. Louis May 30–June 1. You’ve probably heard that the city in Missouri is quickly becoming one of the most vibrant new coffee communities in the country, and we can’t wait to see that for ourselves. Check out the recent post we featured about coffeehouses in … Read more →

Patrick says that the Paramount building is the perfect place for his new coffeehouse: "The huge windows allow sunlight to stream in and reflect of the original terrazzo floors. Fourteen-foot ceilings make the space open and inviting, not to mention the 50 plus seats waiting to be filled."

Palace Coffee Aims to Expand Via Kickstarter

We’re big fans of Patrick Burns and his Canyon, Texas, outfit Palace Coffee. Patrick is a total go-getter. He organized and developed a latte art throw down series for his local coffee community, and worked with Dalla Corte’s Skip Finley and Sevan Istanboulian to get the inaugural U.S. Latte Art … Read more →

Simeon, winner of the inaugural U.S. Latte Art Championship, hoists his trophy. He'll represent the United States in Melbourne at the World Latte Art Championship next week. From left: Row, Simeon, Kyle, Dean. Photo courtesy of the SCAA

The U.S. Latte Art Championship Experience

We’re still reflecting on how awesome the inaugural U.S. Latte Art Championship—which took place at the SCAA show in Seattle two weeks ago—was. Thanks to the tireless efforts of a small team of believers—led by Skip Finley and Sevan Istanboulian of Dalla Corte North America, and the whole Dalla Corte … Read more →

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