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Coffee’s latest manufactured health craze


About three or four weeks ago, I started receiving calls from journalists reporting on the latest fad plaguing the coffee industry, called “Bulletproof Coffee.” Promoters of the Bulletproof brand of lifestyle products claim that buying (I jest not) “bioactively rich” coffee and mixing it with butter offers vague health benefits including, “energiz[ing] your mind and […]

Yemen Specialty Coffee Sector Featured at U.S. Trade Events

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It is a challenging time for the coffee farmers and other people of Yemen, which in part is why I’m pleased to announce that scheduled plans for U.S. coffee trade events benefitting this exceptional origin will go forward in April. Please see below: WASHINGTON D.C. (March 26, 2015) – A delegation from Yemen and representatives […]

Thoughts on the Upcoming SCAA Symposium in Seattle


I recently watched Aaron Davis’ 2013 SCAA Symposium lecture in Boston, “Arabica — from Origin to Extinction,” and found myself reflecting on the profound impact of his research and also feeling grateful for the opportunity to share that knowledge, which has reshaped my view of the world relating to coffee. Like so many others, I […]

Korea re-exports coffee house concepts

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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 […]

Where 100-point coffee grading systems fail

Good of Taste Subjectivity

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 […]