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Kiona Malinka Of Kiona Malinka Tea: The Sprudge Interview

Kiona Malinka Of Kiona Malinka Tea: The Sprudge Interview

Photo courtesy of Kiona Malkina. When the Benelux’s food and beverage industry first got acquainted with Kiona Malinka, she was a coffee professional, both self-taught and SCA-certified. However, it was the establishment of Crusio Thee in 2014 that got everyone hooked—on her teas. Five years later, Crusio Thee and its…
In The Netherlands, Touring The Giesen Roasters Factory

In The Netherlands, Touring The Giesen Roasters Factory

Last fall, I finally got the chance to visit Giesen Coffee Roasters. Almost two years of intermittent emails, calls, texts, and mild-mannered coffee festival doorstepping had transpired between my first interview request and the morning I found myself journeying from home in Amsterdam to Giesen headquarters in Ulft. A bike,…
In Amsterdam, The Latest From Friedhats Coffee Is A Big FUKU

In Amsterdam, The Latest From Friedhats Coffee Is A Big FUKU

It’s true that 2018 WBC second runner-up Lex Wenneker and his business partner Dylan Sedgwick named their new cafe—FUKU—after the Japanese term for “good fortune.” If you speak with them, Wenneker, a three-time Dutch barista champion, will tell you how as a visitor to Japan he was impressed by all the…