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And in other news…

Alright, so apparently there’s some coffee company called Starbucks, and they’ve had a lot going on lately. Fine. But guess what? Coffee’s a big world, and some of our favorite coffee folks have had a few great things going on of their own. First up, Alterra Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee, … Read more →

Breaking News: Starbucks buys Clover!

     Not just a machine, but the company. News release here. Starbucks had recently put Clovers in stores in Boston and Seattle. And Howard Schultz said, rightly I think, that “the Clover machine unequivocally delivers the best cup of brewed coffee I have ever tasted.” Starbucks also announced a number … Read more →

Cloverfield-day!

The online magazine, Slate, has a great story up about everyone’s favorite VacuumPress coffee brewer: the Clover! You can read it here. The author begins by requesting a machine for home use, but then comes to his senses and ends up meeting David Latourelle at Café Grumpy in New York … Read more →

Tragedy Strikes, You Can Help

Our good friends at Finca Vista Hermosa in Guatemala suffered a cruel shock recently. As the farm’s manager, Carlos, and his son, Edwin, returned to the finca with the workers’ payroll, they were attacked, robbed and killed by bandits. Carlos was a father to 12 kids, and Edwin was the … Read more →

Baristas for Bikes

By now most of you are familiar with the nonprofit, Bikes to Rwanda, based here in Portland, Ore., which has successfully delivered hundreds of custom-built bikes to coffee farmers in the highlands of Rwanda, where they are used to get cherries to the mill faster and easier than the old … Read more →

Report from Africa

Today I received an email from our friend Shane Devereaux, owner of habit coffee + culture in Victoria, B.C., about how his extended trip to Africa for various coffee trainings is going, and thought I’d share it with all of you… “At the moment I’m in between two semi final … Read more →

This Is How The World Changes

Once upon a time, this little village in Nicaragua had no phone lines, no internet, and no way to reach the outside world. Meanwhile across the globe, in Sweden, a group of dedicated coffee professionals gathered for a fun time. To be together, act together and learn together in their … Read more →

PCs and Macs Agree: Specialty Coffee Changes the World

Bill Gates made some news today once again proving that you are changing the world. From the annual economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gates made a pledge to support African coffee farmers, specifically those in Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. In one grant, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is promising … Read more →

I'd buy that for a dollar!

So yesterday the New York Times runs a story on a $20,000 cup of coffee (see post below) while today the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a story about Starbucks implementing a “trial” of $1 8-ounce drip coffees with free refills at certain stores in Seattle. Why? It’s a response the story … Read more →

Editorial by Sarah in Newsday

Last week, the editor of the Sunday Op-Ed section of Newsday contacted Sarah and asked her to write an editorial on the recent shakeup at Starbucks — you know, when Howard Schultz replaced Jim Donald as Starbucks’ CEO with hopes of returning the company to its original mission (and no, … Read more →

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