Flat vs. Cone: Basket Shape is as Important as Grind Size in Drip Brew Coffee – 25 Magazine, Issue 8

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. SCOTT FROST, Professor JEAN-XAVIER GUINARD, and Professor WILLIAM D. RISTENPART share early results of an ongoing research project in partnership with the SCA and Breville Corporation. Anybody who has shopped around lately for a drip coffee brewer will recognize that modern brewers typically come with a filter basket that is either “semi-conical” …

Designing for the Forgotten Sense – 25 Magazine, Issue 8

Professor CHARLES SPENCE of Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory explains the impact sound has on your perception of flavor. In fact, everything from the sound of the coffee machine through to the background noise/music in your favorite coffee shop has been shown to influence our sensory expectations, not to mention our coffee drinking behavior. One …

Why the Specialty Coffee Industry Should Strive for Inclusive Design – 25 Magazine, Issue 8

HOBY WEDLER and TREY MALONE explore a broader understanding and application of inclusive design practice and how it stands to benefit the specialty coffee industry. Like us, you probably think of something to do with international disability law or how we work to make technology more accessible to people with disabilities. The idea of “designing …

How Bellwether Coffee Centers Inclusivity – 25 Magazine, Issue 8

Issue 08 sponsor BELLWETHER COFFEE shares its approach to maintaining an inclusive mindset. Roasting knowledge, on the other hand, has maintained a pretty small circle of resources, many difficult to access without money, connections, or time. Bellwether Coffee believes it’s time for this to change. In addition to producing the first-of-its-kind, zero-emissions, commercial roaster – …

A Sustainable Coffee Industry? Not Quite

HANES MOTSINGER explores the opportunities and limitations of different types of initiatives in Issue 07 of 25 Magazine. Today, coffee businesses of all shapes and sizes promote practices that improve producer livelihoods, protect areas of biodiversity, and yield higher quality artisanal coffees. Certifications and direct trade business models strive to provide higher wages, protect ecosystems, …

C is for Commodity, Crisis, and Cost – 25 Magazine: Issue 7

The SCA’s FARMER PROFITABILITY AND PROSPERITY WORKING GROUP, led here in writing by CHAD TREWICK, examines the possible impact persistently low coffee commodity market pricing will have on the specialty coffee supply chain in Issue 07 of 25 Magazine. Every item in that daily basket has increased in costs (including roasted/ground coffee) while the value …