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The Love is in the Lid: FoamAroma® and the To-Go Experience

Sponsored content provided by FoamAroma LLC One of the lesser-discussed, yet vitally important, areas of the science of providing coffee doesn’t have anything to do with sequencing the genome, the chemistry of chlorogenic acids, or even the thermodynamics of brewing. Where the rubber really hits the road in terms of determining success in the industry …

Coffee Scientists Unite: SCAA Science Manager Reports from ASIC

by Emma Sage, SCAA Coffee Science Manager (Warning: this is a blog post. Get ready for some super-casual coffee science conversation.) In early September, hundreds of coffee scientists gathered in the remote city of Armenia, Colombia to attend the 25th ASIC (Association for Science and Information on Coffee) international conference on coffee and science. The …

Vertical Integration in the Coffee Supply Chain: Pachamama Coffee Cooperative

By Maria Hill In recent years, the specialty coffee industry has actively focused on the producer. There are two major issues the industry faces when it comes to empowering the farmer: coffee prices are determined by the commodities market and the farmer is far removed from the consumer. In response to these obstacles, several new …

Seeking Baristas: A Call to Action for the Coffee Service Professional

by Colin Whitcomb, Madcap Coffee Recently, much has been said and written about the evolution of specialty coffee’s retail side. Oftentimes the cry to disrupt current models has centered on an argument that diversity in an increasingly competitive retail environment is the key to discovering new modes that will carry us forward. These arguments in favor …

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 …