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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

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

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

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

Stevens Pass: A New Season

When I was 10 years-old I was initiated into the world of alpine skiing, riding a bright yellow school bus full of (mostly) happy youngsters up winding Highway 2 to Stevens Pass Ski Area. We looked up at those gleaming white peaks as we stepped off the bus into the crusty snow of the parking Read more