Monthly Archives: April 2012

Coffee Cuppings During SCAA in Portland

We conducted several cuppings for green-coffee customers during the SCAA Conference in Portland (as we’ve done at past conferences). This time we cupped at a great spot nearby called Spirit of 77. The bar has that palpable Portland vibe: retro-cool and laid back with creative, original touches that only a hometown hangout can pull off. […]

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Coffee Cupping in Beijing

This week I’m back in Beijing, at Ocean Grounds, to do two cuppings for the shop’s customers. The events won’t be as much about “teaching” coffee as they will let consumers experience it alongside experts, so they can get a feel for the technical and culinary aspects of coffee. I’m looking forward to the dialogue […]

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Fresh Cup Tracks Global Warming

In the April issue of Fresh Cup, there’s an article by Steven Krolak titled “Warming World: How will specialty coffee survive climate change?” I talked to him about how climate change affects quality and shared my concerns about excess carbon dioxide’s affect on the enzymatic process. Get the April issue of Fresh Cup here.   […]

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Barista Magazine Cashbox Column: How To Say “You’re Fired”

None of us bat a thousand when hiring employees, so if you haven’t already, you’ll be firing someone sooner or later. For the April/May issue of Barista Magazine, I wrote a column about how to fire that certain staff member you just can’t justify keeping. Included are a variety of tips to keep it as painless and […]

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