Tasting Articles

New Starbucks Reserve Coffees

New Starbucks Reserve Coffees

For the past ten years or so smaller, hipper, more nimble roasting companies have dominated the coffee conversation in America, outflanking Starbucks in roast style (lighter than Starbucks), freshness (roast-dated packaging), coffee selection (precisely identified seasonal small lots), brewing (by the cup, often by hand), and even design sensibility (usually blunt, simple and utilitarian, often […]

Open Source Espresso Blends

Open Source Espresso Blends

With this espresso tasting we focus on what appears to be a new trend in espresso blending – the open disclosure to customer and competitor of the identity of the specific green coffees that compose a blend, as opposed to the deliberate secrecy around blending that has prevailed in the coffee industry for decades. The […]

Elegant Earth: Wet-Hulled Sumatras and One Sulawesi

Elegant Earth: Wet-Hulled Sumatras and One Sulawesi

Wet-hulling is not an obscure Olympics sailing event nor (at least to my knowledge) a special trick in waterskiing or wakeboarding. It is a fruit removal and drying variation that contributes much of the distinct character of traditional Indonesia coffees, particularly those from Sumatra and Sulawesi. It is also practiced on other Indonesian islands, almost […]

Coffee Blogs

Latte Art Goes High Tech

Latte Art Goes High Tech

Creative baristas will often add some flair to cappuccinos or lattes by cleverly pouring the milk in a way that leaves an appealing design on the surface of the drink.  In fact, this simple gesture has become the artistic focus of competitions such as the World Latte Art Championship. Latte art is now going high […]

By June 26, 2015 Read Article
Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

Blue Bottle to End Wholesale

James Freeman, the founder of Blue Bottle Coffee (website | reviews ), announced that the company will be closing its wholesale business.  The company we will wind down their wholesale division in the coming months to concentrate on Blue Bottle’s retail cafés and Blue Bottle at Home. On the company’s blog, Freeman shared a personal […]

By June 25, 2015 Read Article
Americans Spending More on Coffee

Americans Spending More on Coffee

A recent report by Reuters drew attention to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report that the consumption of coffee in 2015/16 will decrease over current levels.  According to the report, U.S. coffee consumption will drop by about 1 percent.  The United States is the only country among the top eight coffee-consuming nations that will show […]

By June 24, 2015 Read Article
Roaster of the Year Competition

Roaster of the Year Competition

Developed to recognize and inspire excellence in roasting, the Roast Magazine Roaster of the Year competition is now in its 12th year.  There are two award categories – macro roaster and micro roaster – which are based on company mission, commitment to sustainable practices, commitment to employees and educational practices, coffee quality, commitment to and involvement in […]

By June 23, 2015 Read Article