Archive | December, 2008

2008 in Review: Oh! The Places I’ve Been! (2 of 2)

Perfect Robusta Cherries

Continuing the year-end summary of my business and travels from this year, we look at the second half of 2008. Considering the increase in business activity from June through December, I conjecture that the economic slowdown has had little or no effect on the specialty coffee business, or at least not mine (or not yet, […]

Kona Joe Launches Obama-inspired Coffee Blend

Barack Obama Drinks Coffee

The Pacific Business News reported today that Kona Joe Coffee has launched a blend of coffee inspired by local boy done good, President-elect Barack Obama. “The presidential blend honors Hawaii and Kenya, two of the great coffee-growing regions in the world,” deepa Alban said in a statement. “It also is a way to honor Barack […]

Urnex / Puro Caff Named World Barista Championship Cleaning Product Sponsor

LONG BEACH, Calif. (December 19, 2008) – The World Barista Championship (WBC) has selected Urnex Brands Inc. / Puro Caff Group as the competition’s official Cleaning Product Sponsor for 2009 – 2011. Once every 3 years, leading coffee industry suppliers vie for the prestigious opportunity to have their products featured as the official tools used […]

Designed for Profit

Specialty Coffee Retailer Dec. 08 - 2

The December 2008 issue of Specialty Coffee Retailer magazine features articles with tips intended to improve the profitability of new, but also existing retail coffee businesses. Included in the article on p. 16 by Karen Meyer “It’s in the Details” are two breakout boxes with my suggestions. You can read the full article online in […]