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I said, “Finish it!”

This story has been making the rounds. You can read it  here, here or here. Here’s the gist of it: a restaurant called Hachikyo, in Sapporo, Japan has started fining customers who don’t finish their ikura, a dish of salmon roe pilled high on a bed of rice. Every piece of … Read more →

Rust Wreaks Havoc

The science journal, Nature, takes a look at the explosion of coffee rust, or roya, in Central America. The longterm damage will be devastating. From the story: The latest outbreak may halve the 2013–14 harvest in the worst affected areas of the nation. This outbreak is “the worst we’ve seen … Read more →

Stumptown Makes History (Again)

The great folks at Stumptown have supported our efforts with Barista Magazine since day one—I remember way back in 2004 when I first told Stumptown owner Duane Sorenson about wanting to start a magazine for baristas, and he assured me it was a great idea. His confidence in our idea—which … Read more →

Everything Old is New Again?

So I just tweeted yet another news story about the “newly” discovered health benefits of coffee. This one is from the Seattle Times and is a report declaring that drinking coffee will help you live longer. You can read the story here. This comes on the heels of numerous other … Read more →

PT’s Coffee Brings Beer & Food Into the Mix

Congratulations are in order for Jeff Taylor and Fred Polzin, founders of PT’s Coffee in Kansas. The duo opens Flying Monkey Handcrafted Brews in Topeka today. The location—at 1500 SW 17th St., just steps away from Washburn University and the inevitable crowd of college coffee and beer lovers—couldn’t be more … Read more →

Read All About It!

I just downloaded my ipad edition of this week’s New Yorker. Actually I did it as soon as I got my reminder email that the iPad version was available. Why? Well because of this: Kelefa Sanneh on the coffee revolution, with a slide show of scenes from Aida Batlle’s Salvadoran … Read more →

Chinese Coffee Ritual

Here’s a little story out of the Bay Area that caught my eye today. It’s a report from SFGate on a new café in Beijing, China that is using Ritual Coffee. I like the backstory on the entrepreneur, Fish Sun, who opened the café, and his plans to open more … Read more →

Brewing News

Two news stories out today caught our attention, and while they came from opposite sides of the country, they both feature the growing pour-over and manual-brewing movement in cafés. The first is from the Washington Post and features Jay Caragay and his shop, Spro, in Baltimore. Specifically, it looks at … Read more →

Record Earthquake and Tsunami Rock Japan

News broke this morning here in Oregon of the tsunami, which started yesterday after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake shook the ocean floor just off the coast of Japan. The waves reached our Pacific Coast, sweeping five people out to sea. That, of course, pales in comparison to the shocking … Read more →

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