Earthquake Devastates Haiti

A major earthquake struck Haiti last night causing massive damage and leaving perhaps hundreds of thousands dead in its wake. Reports indicate that many buildings have been destroyed, including at least one hospital and prison, and the headquarters for the UN relief mission in the country has collapsed, also killing, … Read more →

Nordic Barista Cup Hits Costa Rica

Here we all are, in beautiful Costa Rica… After the entire group had assembled in San Jose, Costa Rica, hailing from Denmark, Estonia and the United States on Saturday, we all relaxed for an afternoon at the pool before heading out in our trusty bus for Nacientes Palmichal, a spectacular … Read more →

Crawling forth in 2010…

Well, we’re off to a slow start in coffee news in 2010, which makes sense when you consider how cold most of us are (except you, Australia and New Zealand. Stop rubbing our freezing noses in it). But there are a few things happening of note in the world of … Read more →

Top Cup Challenge: Win Money!

Pacific Natural Foods debuted the Top Cup Challenge at Coffee Fest Seattle last fall, and it was a huge hit! If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the Challenge, however, never fear: it’s taking place at Coffee Fest New Jersey, March 5 and 6, and yes, you can … Read more →

Got Perry?

So I was just skimming through my daily digest of coffee news stories and saw this from the Sun of San Berandino and the Inland Empire (Calif.) on two-time USBC champion Heather Perry. Apparently Heather has been partnering with the Got Milk? campaign, creating recipes for the holiday season for … Read more →

Random Bits of Coffee (related) News

A couple of new news stories out today reporting that coffee consumption can help ward off diabetes. One here and one here. An interesting note, it’s not just coffee, but lots of it, specifically at least four cups a day that can help. And here’s a story from the Wall … Read more →

A Truly Remarkable Barista

I happened to cruise by La Marzocco USA‘s blog today, and I’m so glad I did! Gina Palandri of Espresso Partners wrote the most wonderful story about her encounter with a barista named Em. Gina tells the story of an extraordinary woman, who was born with a defect, but through … Read more →

Give a Green Gift to Kenyan Farmers

In an email I received from Diana Roach of ACDI/VOCA,I was thrilled to learn that the organization’s “The Greenest Gift” program has raised $6,000 so far! But there is still a ways to go—the goal is to hit $11,000 in donations by the end of the year. Here’s what it’s … Read more →

Want a Nobel Prize? Drink Coffee.

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize today in Olso, Norway. Although he said he had been inspired by the work and lives of previous winners like Gandhi and King, he didn’t mention the important role that coffee plays in sharpening the mind, inspiring creativity and providing a … Read more →

Sprudge's Holiday Gift Guide

I was cruising around Zachary and Jordan’s HI-larious coffee news site,, and I just had to repost something I found there: it is what very well may be the dumbest invention I’ve ever heard of. Seriously? Don’t you run the risk of pouring hot coffee down the back of … Read more →

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