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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

Dancing Goats at Ponce City Market Atlanta

When our owners first toured what has been transformed into the Ponce City Market over three years ago, it was a mess. The hulking brick shell of what was once a Sears & Roebuck store, distribution center, and regional office had been mostly empty for 30 years. But Jamestown Properties had a vision for what Read more

What Does Coffee Have To Do With Submarines?

Prior to passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, truth in labeling wasn’t a thing. For coffee, that meant you could say the coffee was from anywhere. Coffee drinkers liked coffee from exotic places, like Mocha or Java. (or a blend of both!) For much of the later part of the nineteenth century Read more