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Stopping the Madness! Do you ever buy bottled water?

Specialty coffee has long struggled to be a good environmental citizen, notwithstanding the advent of the Solo Traveler cup and lid. One reason is that the industry over time has become uncomfortably connected to a broad range of disposable paper products, items that are likely to end up in landfills and sometimes as litter. It […]

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Coffee Culture: Has specialty coffee gone too far?

“Coffee, c’est la mode. Or at least that’s what it seems to be at the moment, the rage of the day here in Seattle. The label of Seattle as the “Coffee Mecca” has been bestowed upon us and drilled into our minds. It’s like we’ve been programmed to purchase these energy-boosters at excessive daily rates. […]

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An Operational Overview: Caffe Artigiano

Many of you have likely heard of Caffe Artigiano in Vancouver, heard how busy they are likely have heard of brothers Vince & Sammy Piccolo who created and ran this group of cafes. If not, I’ll give you a 2 second rundown: They opened January 2000, have 5 locations in Vancouver and Sammy was the […]

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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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