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Brewed Behavior Becomes Official U.S. Training Partner of Probat Burns

  – Starting in August, coffee professionals can learn to roast on one of the finest lines of equipment available, from veteran specialty coffee consultancy led by past SCA president –  Kansas City, Mo. (July 12, 2018) – Brewed Behavior and Probat Burns have announced a new milestone in their partnership, with Brewed Behavior’s appointment […]

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Navigate the New Health Insurance Laws While Keeping Your Valuable Employees

  On a typical day, Tom Baker dials in his grinder and espresso machine, pulls shots of sweet espresso, steams milk and happily serves Blue Bottle Coffee to the people of San Francisco. He answers questions about roast profiles and brew methods, and knows many of his customers by name. As a full-time employee, 80 […]

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Tips From Tracy

Start-Up Financing: What Are Your Options? Have you ever seen that commercial, with the guy in the smart glasses on the steps of Congress, telling you there’s free money in Washington for the taking if you want to start a business? Well, it’s not exactly a lie, but it’s a pipedream. I don’t know everything, […]

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Flashback to Italy, 2013

Tracy will travel to Italy in February of 2016 to instruct a Q-grader course in addition to a roasting class. Here is a flashback of Tracy’s trip to Italy in 2013 where he taught a Q-grader course.

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Q Grading FAQ

Café Imports in cooperation with Brewed Behavior is offering Q Grader Certification, April 22-26 in Minneapolis. Here’s a great FAQ on the Q and its value: What is “The Q”? CQI’s Q Coffee System locates specialty coffees at origin and helps to improve those that have the potential to meet specialty standards. The effect is […]

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Barista Magazine Article: Are You Prepared For The Worst?

Tracy Allen’s latest Cashbox column, as published in the Feb/Mar 2013 issue of Barista Magazine: Don’t lose your business to power outage, fire, earthquake or other disaster. In the months following Hurricane Sandy, an entire region struggled to get back on its feet. The lost lives and razed neighborhoods are the most tragic result of the […]

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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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When Coffee Prices Spike, Do You Rise To The Occasion?

Barista Magazine February/March Issue 2011 By Tracy Allen Is the law of supply and demand as strong as the force of gravity? Sometimes it seems like it, but gravity is easier to deal with. Supply and demand is far less predictable than the fact that if you throw a ball in the air, it will […]

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Allen to Speak at Coffee Fest.

“Structured Selling for Specialty Coffee Roasters” February 20th, 2011 Chicago, IL Reviewing 2010 sales reports and see value in a proven specialty coffee specific coffee sales strategy?  Very few of your competitors have them, this could be your chance to distance yourself. Begin with properly identifying and qualifying a target demographic for your sales strategy, […]

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Why Coffee Protects Against Diabetes.

Researchers discover molecular mechanism behind drink’s prophylactic effect By Mark Wheeler January 12, 2011 Category: Health Sciences, Research Coffee, that morning elixir, may give us an early jump-start to the day, but numerous studies have shown that it also may be protective against type 2 diabetes. Yet no one has really understood why. Now, researchers […]

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