People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Launtia Taylor

Launtia Taylor, VP Marketing & Communications, Probat Inc. (left) and Mary Tellie, Roasters Guild Executive Council Chair (right). How did you get involved in coffee? I started in cocoa when I was living in Jamaica. We grew coffee and cocoa in the area, and I was used to both products. So, I didn’t start off …

Craft Coffee Culture in America’s Heartland

We recently asked SCAA President Tracy Allen how he thinks coffee culture is evolving in America’s Heartland. As a Kansas City native and long-time resident, his unique perspective on the region is enhanced by his frequent travels to major coffee cities, coffee farms, and of course coffeehouses around the world. From your perspective, how is …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Sunalini Menon

What are the most obvious ways that coffee culture is changing in India in terms of big picture trends? India is a fairly important player in the global coffee market, providing approximately three-and-a-half percent of the world’s coffee. During this coffee season of 2015/2016, the post-monsoon production estimate of the Coffee Board of India is …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Brant Curtis

Brant Curtis is the Director of Communication and Innovation at Curtis. How long has Curtis been manufacturing coffee brewing equipment? How did the company get started? We’re so stoked, because this year Curtis is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary, making it the nation’s oldest manufacturer of commercial coffee brewers. In 1941, my Great Grandfather (Wilbur Curtis) …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Caleb Nicholes

TJ Semanchin (left) & Caleb Nicholes (right), co-owners of Kickapoo Coffee Roasters What makes Kickapoo Coffee Roasters special? Our business is situated in the small progressive town of Viroqua (pop. 4500) in rural Wisconsin. Our county is home to more quality-focused organic farms per capita than anywhere else in the country. Living here has certainly …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview with Juan Luis Barrios

What are the biggest obstacles that today’s coffee farmers need to overcome to stay in coffee? Regardless of the size of one’s farm, I believe the biggest obstacle is being profitable on a consistent basis each year. This is quite challenging because there are many factors that are beyond our control: C-contract prices, climate, diseases …

90+ Profiles: Getting to Know Brian W. Jones

Who are you and what do you do in coffee? I am Brian W. Jones, a designer and collaborator in various coffee-related endeavors. I started the website “Dear Coffee, I Love You,” co-founded the late Coffee Common, and recently helped start a new coffee roastery in Berkeley, CA called Supersonic Coffee, where I am the Director of Brand and Design. How and when did you …