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Milano or Bust!

Its finally that time…the International Exhibition of the Hospitality Industry & the International Coffee Show. Held in Milan every two years, this 35th edition runs from October 19 – 23rd and requires more than 1 million square feet to hold 1800 exhibitors & 130,000 visitors from around the world. Everything & everyone espresso will be […]

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Espresso Blends? – Brewing with Single Origin Coffees

Cup of Excellence and estate-identified coffees are receiving plenty of attention these days–not just around their provenance and terroir, but also with regard to specific preparation techniques and brewing parameters for getting the most out of them. Usually, these super-premium typicas and bourbons are filter brewed, French pressed, or Cloverized. However, I am also hearing […]

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Coffee Origins – Is Starbucks the problem?

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Tom Knudson, published an important story recently in the Sacramento Bee called “Promises and Poverty”. This story highlights the inconsistency between the claims made by coffee companies operating in the coffee growing regions of Ethiopia and what is in fact really going on there. The story focuses on Starbucks’ social mission, […]

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