COFFEE STRATEGIES Better Coffee for Better Business by Andrew Hetzel Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:15:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Korea re-exports coffee house concepts Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:39:42 +0000

Successful Korean coffee retail cafe chains like Caffe Bene and Paris Baguette already have dozens of locations within the United States and are eyeballing thousands of units in the next decade. What makes these brands so appealing to American consumers and can they beat Starbucks at the game it invented? Read my comments in today’s […]]]> 0
Where 100-point coffee grading systems fail Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20:42:34 +0000

The latest issue of Cafe Culture Magazine includes my article, “The Good of Taste Subjectivity,” that looks that the shortcomings of traditional 100-point coffee evaluation systems and urges the industry to be more inclusive with its descriptions. The Good of Taste Subjectivity It’s important that we debunk the popular myth that professional coffee cuppers provide […]]]> 0
Starbucks Rides the Seoul Train Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:42:30 +0000

It may come as a surprise to the average consumer that Seoul boasts the largest number of coffee shops in a single city; approximately 300 according to a recent report. Those working in the specialty coffee, however, are probably far from shocked by the statement. In the coffee business, South Korea’s capital and largest city […]]]> 0
Uganda Announces Center of Fine Robusta Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:10:47 +0000

I’ve said it before, Robusta has a great deal of potential that shouldn’t be ignored because of its market stigma as the less expensive coffee species of choice for soluble coffee production. Whether for its genetic diversity, disease- and pest-fighting resistance, potential as a second source of income to provide food security for coffee farmers […]]]> 0
Could coffee be extinct by 2050? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:52:52 +0000

Could coffee be extinct by 2050? That’s the popular question used by reporters when broaching the subject of climate change. Apparently, “will there be no more food by 2050?” doesn’t have the same pizazz. The Weather Network, Canada’s Weather Channel, released this video and article yesterday that includes a short interview with me about coffee […]]]> 0
WSJ: New App Offers Bottomless Cup of Coffee Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:12:45 +0000

As reported in the Wall Street Journal Metropolis section this morning, a smartphone app offering subscription-based pricing at participating New York cafes will soon be available. The program, called “CUPS” is already popular in Tel Aviv and will be launching in New York City later this month. As quoted in the article, although I suspect […]]]> 0
SCAA 2014 / 2015 Election Results Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:15:38 +0000

The Specialty Coffee Association of America today announced results for the 2014 / 2015 Board of Directors, as follows: Ben Pitts, 2nd Vice President Aida Batlle, Director Juan Luis-Barrios, Director Rachel Peterson, Director Chad Trewick, Director For all of my thoughts on this year’s board election, please read my editorial released to the SCAA Chronicle […]]]> 0
Coffee: a canary in the coal mine for climate change Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:41:04 +0000

This morning I was interviewed for a cable network television show about climate change and more specifically about its connection to coffee leaf rust. It was a short piece and it’s hard to say how much of what we discussed will be aired but I found the reporter’s questions perfectly on-target for consumers to understand […]]]> 1
Sprudge: Ka’u coffee threat not imminent Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:09:02 +0000

Some readers saw my Tweet the other day that asked the rhetorical question, “Will Hawaii’s prized Ka’u coffee be bulldozed to build condos?” along with a link to an accompanying story from our local paper. From the comments I’ve received since, it appears that not everyone read the attachment and some may have jumped to […]]]> 0
How to win a barista competition Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:43:58 +0000

Do you want to learn what it takes to win the World Barista Championship? Take this sage advice from reigning world champion (The) Pete Licata posted to his blog today. In seven years of competing, his dedication and organized method of practice led to “thirteen top 3 trophies in sixteen events,” including “eight 1st place […]]]> 0