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The Deal With Instant Coffee Part II

The road to recovery, or at least double digit consumption, for instant may have begun in 2009 when the world’s largest coffee retailer introduced instant coffee, which they said they had been developing for 20 years and which they said could compare to the taste of brewed coffee. Whether the claims about taste are based Read more

The Deal With Instant Coffee Part I

When Robert Falcon Scott set out for the arctic in 1901, he carried a version of instant coffee. If you’ve ever left a small amount of coffee in a cup on the workbench in the garage and forgotten about it for a week or so, the dry coffee you find at the bottom of the Read more

What’s So Clever About the Clever Coffee Dripper?

Manual brewing methods have increased in popularity over the last seven years, beginning with baristas who prefer to create coffee drinks rather than simply push buttons. With machine brewing the person brewing is responsible for weighing, grinding, and pushing a button. They have very little influence on the quality of the resulting coffee compared to Read more

Rwandan Coffee Emerges

It is difficult to talk about Rwandan coffee without talking about the tragedies from which the coffee farming sector in that country recovered. Many coffee growing communities were decimated during the genocide 20 years ago and coffee farms were abandoned. Then, just when coffee growers were starting to rebuild and reestablish their farms and mills, Read more

Coffee’s Appellation Trail

One of the extraordinary things that happens when you drive from Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala (to visit friends at Finca El Valle, for example), aside from surviving sketchy lane changes made by local buses, is something invisible. You cross a line, unknown to most people but well defined in the minds of that region’s Read more

The Madness of Kopi Luwak Coffee

Around the time that Journalist Charles MacKay published Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds in 1841, in which he discussed the Dutch “Tulip Mania” of the early 1600’s, a similar supply and demand driven phenomenon was emerging, again among the Dutch, but this time among Dutch Colonists in Sumatra. Unlike Tulip Mania, which Read more