Archive for January, 2010

Haiti Coffee – A Glimmer of Hope

Haiti Coffee – A Glimmer of Hope

A few weeks ago Kenneth Davids and I were asked to roast, cup and assess two samples of Haitian coffee. This request came in before January’s devastating earthquake and its horrific consequences struck Haiti. As I write, news outlets continue to report on the tragedy while charitable organizations step up their efforts to supply labor, […]

By January 28, 2010 Read Article
Coffee Shops in Portland

Coffee Shops in Portland

Portland, my home town, is a great place to drink just about anything.  We have outstanding local craft beers, micro-distillers, world-class pinot noir from nearby Willamette Valley, and, yes, some amazing coffee roasters and coffee shops.  Stumptown, Portland Roasting, and Kobos come to mind.  If you’re looking for a place to grab a quality cup, […]

By January 26, 2010 Read Article
Illy, a leading global coffee company tackles sustainability and stumbles

Illy, a leading global coffee company tackles sustainability and stumbles

As more food industry leaders adopt visible sustainable procurement, private firms weigh the value of their own in-house approach versus partnering with existing public initiatives – even competitiveness guru Michael Porter is talking about it.   A common groan sounded recently when Andrea Illy, the chief executive of the esteemed Italian coffee roaster (Trieste-based illycaffé […]

By January 12, 2010 Read Article
Fourteen Covers of a Classic Tune: Mocha Java Blends

Fourteen Covers of a Classic Tune: Mocha Java Blends

Around 1740 Europeans had a rather limited menu of coffees to choose from: Mocha, the world’s original commercial coffee from what is now Yemen, and Java, a recent introduction by the Dutch from their colony in the Pacific. Inevitably, these two coffees came together to form the world’s first blend. In the years following, other, […]

By January 5, 2010 |Reviews Tasting Report