Coffee News: from Seed to Cup

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2018 will be a good year for Brazil and International Coffee Week (ICW): the SCA just announced that the country will host the World Brewer’s …

When it comes to coffee, a lot of things are subjective. One thing that is not, however, is espresso machine maintenance. Keeping that machine …

Tamping: a small act, but one that can affect espresso extraction, work flow, and even barista health. Training staff to all achieve the same tamp, …

As I was mid-rant about how poorly some specialty level cafés are managed, my ex-husband interrupted me. “I’ve never seen your style of managing …

 

 

Smashed avocado toast all day every day! There’s no denying that avocado toast has taken over the coffee world, but now it’s time to …

You pick up a bag of fresh coffee, and you notice that on the front it says “medium-light roast” – but what does this mean? …

 

There’s so much to consider when brewing exceptional coffee: grind size, brew time, pulsing and water dispersal, brew temperature… and elevation? Yes, elevation. While …

Quick, what’s the most pressing issue for smallholder farmers in coffee-producing countries? Is it access to healthcare, educational opportunities, or credit? Could it be …

Forget your preconceptions of coffee farming – Hawaii breaks them all. In Hawaii, US minimum wage and labour laws apply. In Hawaii, Kona coffee …

Direct trade, Fairtrade, single origin, relationship coffee, sustainable coffee, co-ops, small-lot, organic… Choosing the right relationship model with coffee producers can be hard. But …

I remember the first time I tried one. It was the sweetest, strangest thing I’d tasted –  like watermelon, hibiscus, lemon, pineapple and sugar. …

What would happen if we reached out to low-income coffee producers and arranged for them to have the contacts, training, and information needed to …

Guatemalan coffees are classics, known and loved by many consumers across the globe. They’re a common feature on any roastery or importer’s menu – …

Sourcing green coffee is not a Condé Nast experience. “At the crack of dawn, I put on my boots and head out to the …

Pulped natural coffee – what does that even mean? And how does it affect the cup sitting in front of you? If you find …

I remember clearly my first time at origin: as a long-time coffee lover from a non-producing country, meeting the people who farm my coffee …

I bet that when someone says Hawaii to you, you think: “Beach, Sea, Aloha, KONA!” Right? But there’s far more to Hawaiian coffee than …

Direct: without intervening factors or intermediaries. Trade: the act of buying and selling goods and services. But direct trade represents far more than just …