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Coffee lessons from the wine world

Posted by TheShot on 05 Aug 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Yesterday we came across a post where a Boston Globe writer implored winemakers to be more like their coffee counterparts: A lesson in winemaking – straight from the espresso bar . . . – By the glass – Wine News, Views & Reviews – Boston.com. It wouldn’t be the first time coffee’s wine analogy ran […]

Revenge of the Knoxville (Coffee) Nerds

Posted by TheShot on 15 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s Metro Pulse (Knoxville, TN) published a lengthy-but-interesting piece on Knoxville’s budding local coffee scene: Revenge of the Knoxville (Coffee) Nerds » Metro Pulse. The article includes plenty of common themes we’ve seen many times before — pour-over bars, direct trade, the wine analogy. However, the article succeeds by being non-judgmental while going beyond the […]

Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Saturday’s Chicago Tribune published a pretty good piece on Intelligentsia CEO, Doug Zell: Intelligentsia Coffee’s CEO talks beans – chicagotribune.com. While Doug gets a little loopy (our opinion) in abusing the ever-popular wine analogy for coffee — e.g., espousing such shoehorned ideas as coffee pairings — he’s been a pioneer and leader in areas such […]

The Return of the Coffee Middlemen

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Roasting

Just when you think the profession of the coffee “middleman” was on its way out in this era of the Internet, in come a number of entrepreneurs trying to reintroduce them. What we’re talking about are consumer retailers that intermediate the sale of roasted coffee — with examples that include Citizen Bean, GoCoffeeGo (see Man […]

All Starbucks UK coffee to be Fairtrade, or: when you can’t beat ‘em, guilt ‘em

Posted by TheShot on 26 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Starbucks

As Starbucks‘ future looks ever bleaker and bleaker, CEO Howard Schultz continues his maniacal lever-pulling atop Starbucks’ runaway corporate bulldozer. After shedding themselves of music, movies, and books, they’ve tried everything from an online suggestion box and free coffee promotions to membership cards to less expensive (“daily”) roasts and smoothies. Mr. Schultz’s latest lever pull […]

Slow Food Nation ’08: Who wants coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 01 Sep 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

It is Labor Day weekend in San Francisco. And the only thing keeping us from inaugurating Itching Man, our long-proposed rival event to Burning Man, was Slow Food Nation ’08. For a little background, we mentioned this event in a post last week. Given how it had been billed, we had hopes there would be […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee (now officially open for business)

Posted by TheShot on 28 Aug 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine, Roasting

With little fanfare, last week Four Barrel Coffee finally graduated out of the ranks of the Malaysian street food experience and opened up its formal café space. So this week we paid a visit to check out the new digs — and update our espresso review. (See: our previous Four Barrel Coffee Trip Report.) Last […]

Duane Sorenson of Portland’s Stumptown: Coffee’s benevolent Mr. Bean

Posted by TheShot on 23 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

Tacoma’s The News Tribune published an unusually lengthy bio piece today on Stumptown Coffee Roasters owner and founder, Duane Sorenson: Coffee’s benevolent Mr. Bean | TheNewsTribune.com | Tacoma, WA. One of the big, early supporters of SF’s Ritual Coffee Roasters, Duane is quite a famous character in the industry. Among many other things, the article […]

Interview with Andrea Illy: The original Mr Bean

Posted by TheShot on 07 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues, Roasting

The London Times today published a business section interview of Andrea Illy, the head of IllyCaffè: The original Mr Bean – Times Online. More of a financial/business article, it discusses Illy’s role in the world of specialty coffee — touching on Illy’s technical innovations (some of them regrettable, IMO), brand positioning, and even Mr. Illy’s […]

The latest on Fair Trade’s mixed messages

Posted by TheShot on 01 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

For the latest installments that hash and rehash the pros and cons of Fair Trade, we turn to yesterday’s Oakland Tribune and today’s International Herald Tribune. The International Herald Tribune covered the big chains and the impact on some growers: ‘Fair trade’ certification yielding benefits for Brazilian coffee farmers – International Herald Tribune. Of particular […]

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