This shot was taken on a civet farm just outside Surabaya, Indonesia.

Stop Civet Cat Abuse

We all make fun of kopi luwak, or “poop coffee,” which is the coffee that is eaten by the Asian palm civet, then excreted, washed, and sold for exorbitant prices based pretty much on the kitsch factor—I’ve never met a coffee professional who has recommended this coffee. It’s neither good … Read more →


Get Your Coffee Science On!

The Specialty Coffee Association of America just released a volume of super nerdy and extra awesome coffee science stuff. We love it! The book includes an extensive glossary of coffee and coffee science terms, as well as some cool charts and beautiful illustrations. From the press release: The Coffee Biology … Read more →


Non-Dairy By the Numbers (and Taste)

We are excited about a story featured in the upcoming February+March issue of Barista Magazine called “Got Not Milk,” written by Emily McIntyre. The article explored the constantly changing field of dairy alternatives available to baristas, their applications in coffee drinks, and their specific challenges. To preface this article (which … Read more →

The back of Temple's totally adorable hoodie. 2005, yo!

Sacramento Superstar Temple Coffee is Growing!

Editor’s note: We’re reposting this blog article about Temple Coffee in Sacramento because we just got some new photos from the company’s downtown location. We originally posted this as a preview to Temple’s 8-year anniversary party in mid November of 2013. Temple is a really stellar company that is playing a … Read more →

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How to be a Cup of Excellence Judge

The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) is offering a spectacular opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to cup like a pro: The ACE Training in Honduras will take place February 3–7, and you’re invited. This is an incredible opportunity to thoroughly learn sensory analysis according to the Cup of … Read more →


Top Coffee Scholars Showcased in Award-Winning Book

We’re super excited about the release of the seminal book, Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry, which is seriously one of the very best coffee books to be released in a very long time. Barista Magazine’s Editor Sarah Allen is one of the contributors in … Read more →

2013 World Barista Champion Pete Licata used a Mahlkönig K30 Vario TWIN grinder to win the international title.

Mahlkönig Redefines the Traditional Advent Calendar

World Barista Championship grinder sponsor Mahlkönig has come up with a unique way to celebrate the holiday month of December: with an Advent calendar. Those of us who celebrate Christmas may be familiar with the Advent calendar, which comes in many forms including the most popular paper and sweets. My … Read more →

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