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WSJ: New App Offers Bottomless Cup of Coffee

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 […]

SCAA 2014 / 2015 Election Results

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 […]

Coffee: a canary in the coal mine for climate change

Coffee Leaft Rust

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 […]

Sprudge: Ka’u coffee threat not imminent

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 […]

How to win a barista competition

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 […]