Archive for the ‘Coffee’ Category

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

Visiting Coffee Farms with Atlanta Chefs

Our coffee buyer, Bob Benck, travelled last month with some of Atlanta’s favorite chefs and Batdorf partners. They visited a few of the coffee farms that make our amazing coffees possible.  Recently I traveled to visit three of our supply partners in both Costa Rica and Guatemala.  This is not unusual for me, I regularly Read more

Introducing Our Newest Roaster Alex Maes

Alex Maes is a legend in the Atlanta coffee community. He started pulling shots in a small coffee house before moving to Aurora Coffee for several years where he perfected his skills as a barista. Eventually, Alex found himself irreversibly immersed in the coffee industry and started working at the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar before joining the 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

Comparing Common Home Brewing Methods – Part II

In Part II of his post on home brewing methods our West Coast Trainer & Educator, Andrew Tucker-MacLeod, writes about the Clever Dripper. the Hario v60 Cone and the Kalita Wave. Read Part I here. Clever Dripper: This method uses a wedge shaped filter similar to a cone, and a brewer body with a valve on the Read more