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 →

Empire State of Mind

Looks like the coffee scene in New York continues to evolve and get more and more interesting. The New York Times is reporting that San Francisco-based roaster/retailer Four Barrel Coffee has a new account in the city and owner Jeremy Tooker is looking for a roasting location in Brooklyn for … Read more →

UAE Has First Barista Champion

The United Arab Eremites held its first national competition over the weekend in the capital of Dubai at the nation’s Specialty Coffee & Tea Convention. The winner was Vikram Kashyap, the 29-year-old manager of a local branch of Caribou Coffee. Vikram is an immigrant to Dubai from India. You can … Read more →

Southeast Regional Barista Jam Going on Now!

Our dear pal Jason Dominy of Dilworth Coffee in Charlotte, N.C., has been working for months on preparations for the Southeast Regional Barista Jam and Southeast Regional Skill Building Workshop, which began yesterday and continues through the weekend. If you’re in the Charlotte area, stop by Dilworth—2400 Distribution Street—and join … Read more →

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 →

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