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Peet’s Donates $250K to UC Davis Coffee Program

Peet’s Coffee’s quarter-million-dollar pledge to advance coffee research and education at UC Davis FROM STAFF REPORTS San Francisco Bay Area-based Peet’s Coffee announced today it will donate $250,000 to the University of California at Davis’s coffee program to fund the Peet’s Coffee Pilot Roastery. UC Davis’s elective class, “Design of … Read more →

Coffee Education in Oaxaca. Photo courtesy of UNECAFE

Rainforest Alliance on the Forefront of Compensating Farmers for Sustainable Land Use

BY RACHEL NORTHROP SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE There’s an idea percolating among global leaders in sustainability: pay landholders who do the right thing. If so much of the world’s current habits of deforestation and contamination causing land degradation and ecosystem destruction are driven by—and often justified by—profit, then sustainable and … Read more →


Hey Coffee Friends, Today is World Wildlife Day!

World Wildlife Day is a time for coffee professionals to make a difference I travel a lot—like, a lot a lot—and some trips stand out more than others. And a handful of my journeys have been experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life. One such odyssey was traveling through … Read more →


Cup of Excellence Executive Director Resigns, Susie Spindler Returns to ACE

ACE executive director Debbie Hill resigns, Susie Spindler returns On Wednesday, Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) Chairperson, Geoff Watts, announced that current executive director Debbie Hill has resigned. Susie Spindler—who worked for ACE as executive director since its inception, but who retired in 2014—will return as the interim executive director. … Read more →

Murray Laredo Lab

Coffee Grind Time and Caffeine: Is There a Connection?

Coffee Grind Time and Caffeine: Is There a Connection? New Research Says Yes! Or Alternate Title “42: The secret to life, the universe and a strong cuppa” HT: Douglas Adams By Michelle Z. Donahue SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE If you’ve ever wondered how long you should be grinding whole coffee beans … Read more →

IRPI Engineer/PSU Ph.D. student Drew Wollman demonstrates the intended camera field of view for astronauts to film their own tests of the space cup.

Espresso In Outer Space: New Cup Design Makes It Possible

By Michelle Z. Donahue SPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE Something as simple as drinking from an open container on Earth can be outright dangerous in space. But an innovative new cup will soon allow astronauts to enjoy a fresh demitasse of espresso while in orbit, thanks to the magic of math. In … Read more →

Bio-char surrounding a coffee seedling at Julio Hernandez Cooperative.

Biochar for All: Fighting Rust While Financing Farmers

Article and photos by Nora Burkey The morning of Saturday, March 8, 2014, I was awoken by a cheerful voice crowing, “Happy International Women’s Day!” It was none other than Nicaraguan powerhouse Fatima Ismael Espinoza, general manager of SOPPEXCCA, a second-level coffee cooperative representing 12 base-level cooperatives in the coffee-growing region of … Read more →

Inside Gesha Forest

The Origin of Geisha

One of the most beautiful parts of being in the coffee industry is the magic and mystery that surrounds so much coffee history. And while we will never know if Kaldi’s goats really danced, we might be closer to finding out the truth behind coffee’s other great legend: the origin … Read more →

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