May 17, 2018

How Can Coffee Auctions Enable Direct Trade Relationships?

Starting a direct trade relationship isn’t easy: you have to find a potential partner, organise farm visits, build trust, and more. It requires a huge...

May 1, 2018

A Roaster’s Guide to Creating Coffee Blends

Blends are a staple on most coffee shop menus, and something every roaster should master. However, designing and roasting one presents several unique challenges, from...

April 30, 2018

How to Increase or Reduce Coffee Acidity During Brewing

Coffee acidity is a divisive term in coffee brewing. For some, it signals sharp, sour flavours. For others, it’s a revered attribute of a high-quality...

April 17, 2018

Lessons From Nora Šmahelová on How to Build a Career in Coffee

Once you get into coffee, it can be hard to get out of it. Or so Nora Šmahelová would tell you. She’s a German Barista...

April 2, 2018

Micro Lot Coffee: How to Limit Risk & Improve Quality

Micro lots are the golden child of the specialty industry. For buyers and consumers, they signify exceptional-quality coffees with distinctive flavour and aroma profiles that...

March 27, 2018

Basket Shapes & Water Quality: Filter Coffee in The Science Lab

What do you need to do to brew better filter coffee? That’s one of the many questions UC Davis Coffee Center is setting out to...

March 15, 2018

How to Roast Fine Cacao: A Beginner’s Guide

Dear chocolate lovers, you too can create your own delicious, melt-in-the-mouth bars. The journey from bean to bar includes many stages but, today, I’m going...

March 7, 2018

How to Get The Most Out of a Roasting Competition

Roasting competitions and events can enable you to improve your roasting skills, build valuable relationships, promote your brand, and gain insight into where the industry...

February 15, 2018

Micro Roaster? Here’s What Producers Want You to Know

Micro roasters, I know you’re passionate about quality. You care about every lot you source and every batch you roast. You enjoy learning more about...

January 31, 2018

Coffee Tasting Exercises That Will Improve Your Palate

Some people are lucky enough to have a highly refined palate. These are the kind of people who can easily detect specific stone fruits in...

January 24, 2018

How to Improve Your Coffee Quality in Harvesting & Sorting

For exceptional specialty coffee, sorting during harvesting and processing is of the utmost importance. Even a few low-quality or defective beans can reduce the quality...

January 3, 2018

How to Roast for Acidity

Acidity: this trait is prized by cuppers, competition judges, roasters, and third wave consumers alike. But as roasters, how can we highlight this beloved characteristic?...

December 5, 2017

A Guide to Growing Healthy Coffee Trees

Your coffee crop can only be as good as your coffee trees – but growing strong, healthy, and productive plants means paying attention to several...

November 30, 2017

Roaster Basics: An Explanation of Roast Graphs

Roast graphs may look intimidating at first, but once you understand them, they are a valuable tool. Whether you’re a pro or a home roaster,...

November 20, 2017

What Roasters Need to Know About Decaf Coffee

Roasters, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can use the same roast profile for decaf and regular coffee. Decaffeination affects the composition of your...

November 17, 2017

How Naturals & Honeys Are Changing The Face of Guatemalan Coffees

Guatemala is known for its washed Arabica coffees, but natural and honey processing is slowly taking off in this Central American country. In fact, in...