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It’s Time To Regulate The Coffee Market

It’s Time To Regulate The Coffee Market

As of writing this, the price of Arabica coffee on the commodities market has dipped back under a dollar. There was a time not so long ago that the price of coffee being less than 100 pennies per pound felt like earth-shattering news; now, for us not in producing countries,…
Bringing Transparency To Coffee Transparency With “The Pledge”

Bringing Transparency To Coffee Transparency With “The Pledge”

When it comes to the business of coffee buying—and the business of marketing those coffee buying practices—there’s a lot of wiggle room in the definitions. This allows companies to get away with suspet claims, like say, touting a coffee as “direct trade” without ever having to been to where the…
There’s A New Training Program To Prepare Refugees For Jobs In Coffee

There’s A New Training Program To Prepare Refugees For Jobs In Coffee

America is a land of immigrants. It always has been, contrary to what this country’s virulent new strain ultra-nationalists and their “shut the door behind you” thinking would have you believe. What makes the USA’s grand experiment worthwhile is the idea that anyone can come here to make a better…
Elle Jensen: The Sprudge Twenty Interview

Elle Jensen: The Sprudge Twenty Interview

Photo by Tony Adams. Our coverage of the Sprudge Twenty interviews presented by Pacific Barista Series continues this week on Sprudge. Read more about the Sprudge Twenty and see all of our interviews here. Nominated by Kat Melheim Elle Jensen is an entrepreneur, community organizer, and coffee professional based in Denver, Colorado.…
A Coffee Drinker’s Guide To Detroit

A Coffee Drinker’s Guide To Detroit

What is left to say about Detroit? By now, you’ll have heard the boom and bust stories, the tales of failure and recovery. It’s old (and frankly rather boring) news—let’s just agree that Detroit is back. Instead, let’s talk about how cool Detroit is. It has famous sons and daughters,…
Coffee Design: Counter Culture Coffee In Durham, North Carolina

Coffee Design: Counter Culture Coffee In Durham, North Carolina

Few coffee packages give us the feeling of a sugar cereal box. When we got our hands on Counter Culture Coffee’s quarterly limited-release Field Trip, we poured over the illustrations, trivia, and whimsy like a child (or adult-child) eating Cookie Crisp before school (or after midnight). We spoke with the…
Tickets Are Now Available For The Bloom Event Series By The Barista Guild

Tickets Are Now Available For The Bloom Event Series By The Barista Guild

April showers bring May flowers, and what do May flowers bring? Why Blooms (plural) of course. Back for the fourth event in as many years, Bloom is an event series from the Barista Guild that “brings together some of the best minds in coffee, creating a unique opportunity for deeper…
Du Jianing Of China Is The 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion

Du Jianing Of China Is The 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion

Du Jianing of China is the 2019 World Brewers Cup Champion. This is Jianing’s first win in three World Brewers Cup appearances, finishing 15th in 2016 and 8th in 2018. Watching Du Jianing’s winning Finals routine on Sunday, one couldn’t help but feel like you were sitting around her kitchen…