Category Archives: General

General Posts, Previews and Overly-Chatty Letters to the Reader

Many (Most?) SCAA Past Presidents Support SCAA/SCAE Unification

It has been some time since I have posted anything here. I have “thought I should” many, many times. I am now moved to say something when, ironically, I feel my voice, un-voiced for so long, was being misappropriated. Some … finish reading Many (Most?) SCAA Past Presidents Support SCAA/SCAE Unification

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Might Specialty Coffee Finally Be Cut Adrift from its Market Moorings?

There’s a lot going on in the world of coffee but the headline right now is this: The internationally traded prices for coffee have fallen dramatically over the past few months while at the same time, the outlook for the … finish reading Might Specialty Coffee Finally Be Cut Adrift from its Market Moorings?

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Comments from the Specialty Coffee of America 2013 Symposium

I was asked if I would write some posts emanating out of the SCAA’s 5th Annual Symposium… in addition to their posting them on their blog page I have posted them here as well on a separate page for SCAA … finish reading Comments from the Specialty Coffee of America 2013 Symposium

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The Aroma of Coffee and the Memory of it…

Has Coffee Ever Lived up to it’s Promise? Has the taste of coffee ever lived up to the seducing aroma of its first whiff? For me it has not. From the time I was allowed coffee as a child, I … finish reading The Aroma of Coffee and the Memory of it…

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Some (slightly re-heated) comments on Climate Change (& Coffee)

Warning: This post contains curmudgeonly chest-beating, credit-taking and self-serving horn-tooting that some readers may find objectionable; especially in view of the tragic situation that the author is claiming to have foreseen. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< First the chest-beating: in 1996 I was Christmas … finish reading Some (slightly re-heated) comments on Climate Change (& Coffee)

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“High Praise” for “Strong Coffee” (The beverage, if not my actual post…)

NPR has a podcast called “It’s All Politics” that I highly recommend and the two guys (Ron Elving and Ken Rudin) that put it together and are featured on it each week often refer to their “listener” in the singular…although … finish reading “High Praise” for “Strong Coffee” (The beverage, if not my actual post…)

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So, what’s “strong” coffee?

So what do I mean by STRONG (see last post)? It is, after all, a relative term. Here is how I brew coffee: 1)   I use freshly boiled water that is either filterer or bottled (the important thing is getting … finish reading So, what’s “strong” coffee?

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Weak Coffee, Part One

Weak Coffee I do not understand weak coffee and never have… I used to think, when I first got in the coffee business, that this had something to do with the cost of coffee; that coffee drinkers were being stingy, … finish reading Weak Coffee, Part One

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He’s ALIVE! (My POST-Halloween, awaking from a coma, etc, Post.)

Oh, the slings and arrows (all self-shot*) of my outrageous fortune…I lift a listless paw, backhanded, to my deeply furrowed brow (can everyone see the furrowed brow?) and beseech my non-existent reader (almost made the plural, with an “s” —?!?hah!) … finish reading He’s ALIVE! (My POST-Halloween, awaking from a coma, etc, Post.)

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