French Coffee Refined and Redefined – 25 Magazine, Issue 9

NOA BERGER traces how French cafés and roasters navigate the “glocalization” of specialty coffee. All photos by Albin Durand for La Fontaine de Belleville.  Despite being relatively slow to catch on, this movement has caught the attention of the culinary industry, as evident by the recent entry into specialty coffee of French chef Alain Ducasse. …

A Pivotal Moment: When Customer Demand Clashes with Core Values – 25 Magazine: Issue 7

JEN BUSFIELD and ERIC HENRY reflect on how these three core tenets guide their business, despite their seemingly conflicted natures. There is more to business than the “bottom line.” Our flagship brand, “Cotton of the Carolinas,” a T-shirt made using a local transparent supply chain, is a clear example of the three tenets that guide …

An Obsession with Scale – 25 Magazine: Issue 5

CARLA D. MARTIN, PhD explores the concepts of commodity, craft, and taste in specialty chocolate. All images courtesy Dandelion Chocolate. These chocolate producers describe themselves as makers rather than manufacturers, their products as small batch or “bean to bar,” and their production as craft, time-consuming, and more, linking their value to consumers with their smallness. …

Fermenting a Farming System – 25 Magazine: Issue 2

Fermenting a Farming System 25 Magazine Issue 2

BRONWEN PERCIVAL offers an insight from the specialty cheese industry in Issue 2 of 25 Magazine Like coffee, cheese is a fermented food. But unlike coffee producers, the cheese industry has largely relied on commercial starter cultures – strains of bacteria with defined properties – to drive its fermentations for over a century. Most cheesemakers regard …