Collaboration in Competition: An Interview with U.S. Barista Champion Laila Ghambari and her Team

The road coffee takes from seed to cup is most often conceptualized as a chain. The beans, or later their extracted essence, are handed off from farmer, to green buyer (and/or importer and exporter), to roaster, to retailer, to barista, to consumer. Each link typically only interacts directly with the ones before and after, and …

The Importance of Exercise: Palate Development

by Julie Housh, Intelligentsia Coffee  As coffee professionals, we practice tasting coffee on a regular basis—whether via cupping or dialing in—employing tools like the SCAA Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel to articulate the flavors we find in coffee. In my everyday role as a coffee educator, I often hear new baristas and consumers admit that “coffee just …