A BRIEF HISTORY OF BOURBON
When a description of the widely produced coffee varietal Bourbon begins with “It’s a tall variety characterized by relatively low production, susceptibility to the major diseases (of leaf rust, berry […]
COFFEE IN TIMOR LESTE
Timor Leste has a turbulent history, and one I know very little about. This should be surprising considering how close a neighbour Timor Leste is to Australia, but also considering […]
What happened at MICE stays at MICE.
Not really, here’s what happened at MICE: A lot (really a lot – record numbers) of coffee professionals and enthusiasts and tourists had a wander around the Melbourne International Coffee […]
WAR AND COFFEE: THE YEMENI SPECIALTY SCENE
It’s a hard reality that the specialty coffee we drink, we work with, love, is largely produced in countries and communities perpetually in the midst of turmoil. It could be […]
Roasted Potatoes. So Good. Roasted Coffee That Smells Like Potatoes, Not So Good.
It’s mid-morning at the cafe, the sun is shining, people are happily milling around staring off into the middle distance with the sun on their backs, waiting on their coffee […]
SL28. A ROMANCE.
If the name ‘Scott Laboratories’ doesn’t leave you feeling tingly all over with excitement and anticipation, I don’t know what will. It’s got to be one of the sexiest names […]
DO YOU HAVE AN ALTITUDE PROBLEM
I once had a customer who would come in, talk shop for an hour or so, tell me what coffee he’d been drinking lately, tell me about the best coffee […]
FIKAPAUS: SEPTEMBER EDITION
Have you seen this movie? It’s a documentary following Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief, and her staff as they put together their most renowned publication of the year – the September […]
COFFEE OF THE MONTH: DR CONGO
In recent years DR Congo is re-emerging as a coffee origin. This is the 3rd crop we have purchased in as many years and the region is showing us what […]
CAFE IDENTITY: THE BEACH SIDE BAKERY/CAFE
You’re going camping. Not hard core, hike three days in and out mountain bring your own everything or you will surely die type camping, but a ‘pack the surfboards, bikes […]
I began research into the second wave of coffee, ready to titillate you with coffee chains and orange mocha frappuccinos, when I discovered a gaping hole of an oversight in […]
BEST COFFEE TO KICK OFF 2021
Guatemala Antigua Pastores The image of this towering volcano has me dreaming of travel and thinking about which coffee region we’ll hit up as soon we get the opportunity to […]