In memoriam

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Remembering Tom Billionis – 1972-2016

Tom Billionis owner of the Coffee Ethic and Beloved Community Leader Died Unexpectedly Saturday, April 16 The coffee community and the city of Springfield, Missouri, lost part of its soul on Saturday when Tom Billionis, owner and founder of the Coffee Ethic, collapsed on a run and died. He is survived … Read more →

Bruno Dalla Corte was one of the most innovative minds in the development of the modern espresso machine.

Bruno Dalla Corte, 1929–2014

On Saturday, December 13, the specialty-coffee world lost one of the great ones: Bruno Dalla Corte passed away after a long struggle with disease. He was 85. Bruno was perhaps known best for two great accomplishments in the espresso-machine engineering world: the development of La Spaziale in 1969, and the … Read more →


Remembering Emelyne Smith

My heart broke clear in half when I learned that bright, sweet Emelyne Smith had taken her own life last Wednesday in New York City. She was only 31 years old. I got to know Emelyne—or Emmy as her friends called her—through email and over the phone. An aspiring journalist, … Read more →


Rest In Peace Christina Furr

The way we come into contact with people through the specialty coffee industry is wild and wonderful: you can reach out to almost anyone armed with only your passion for coffee, and a certain trust is immediate. That’s the way I felt when Christina Furr emailed me for the first … Read more →