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Coffee Drinking Statistics

It’s springtime, when flowers and coffee drinking statistics are in bloom. For sixty years the National Coffee Association (NCA) has published a drinking trends survey each spring. In the last few years, Zagat’s has jumped in and also publishes the results of a survey in the spring. An important difference between the two surveys is Read more

Meet Our Mocha Java Blend

The story of the famous Mocha Java Blend likely began over a thousand years ago. We don’t know for sure when coffee, born in Ethiopia, first crossed the Red Sea into Yemen but coffee may have been cultivated in Yemen as early as the sixth or seventh century.  By the late 1500’s coffee was an Read more

Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)

For the last two years the world’s largest gathering of coffee professionals has been held in Seattle, Washington. Each year the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) hosts “The Event,” a symposium, conference, and exhibition attended by over 10,000 coffee professionals from all over the world. From coffee farmers to baristas, every segment of the Read more

Keep Coffee Beans Fresh at Home

When we speak about how to keep coffee beans fresh at home we must first talk about how your coffee came to arrive in your home. Hopefully, not too long ago your coffee was inside a cherry on a coffee tree (it’s actually a plant but “tree” is more poetic). If it is specialty coffee, Read more

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

When a product features the Fair Trade USA logo, the nonprofit organization Fair Trade USA has certified that the people who produce that product are justly compensated for their work; in the case of fair trade coffee, the Fair Trade logo indicates that coffee farmers have received a price per pound that equates to livable Read more

What are coffee defects?

A Guatemalan beneficio, or coffee mill, in the middle of August is a bit of a lonely place. The coffee is unripe on the trees and except for the occasional worker walking by outside with a cart full of pruning debris, the whole place feels rather empty. There are a few bags of coffee stacked about. Read more