Poisoned Ivy Redux: Harvard Police Take A Semester Off From Coffee Investigation

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Harvard University police are officially "taking a break" from investigating the coffee poisoning incident that sickened 6 Ivy Leaguers last summer. According a source inside the department, the pressures of running this sort of investigation proved too taxing for the detectives. From an unnamed source: "We're just... taking a … [Read more...]

Intelligentsia Venice: Videos

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Los Angeles' Department of the 4th Dimension continues its series on "the search for the ultimate tastemakers" with a video on Syphon brewing with Intelligentsia's Chris Owens. Syphon, Intelligentsia from Department of the 4th Dimension on Vimeo. Kyle Glanville of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea in Los Angeles stars in this informative … [Read more...]

“Slurp, ahh, ohh, eww.” Finca Nueva Berlin at Ultimo Coffee

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From Phil Proteau: On January 20th, at approximately 2pm, Ultimo Coffee Bar in South Philly featured the first ever (that we know of) North American grown and processed coffee to be retailed in a coffee shop.  This mini micro lot from Finca Nueva Berlin, grown by producer Daryn Berlin, was raised with careful and meticulous cultivation … [Read more...]

Brewing Method Man

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cleanhotdry.com has put together a collection of links to brewing techniques/guides for seven of the most popular home brewing methods. The website is beautiful in its simplicity, innovative and above all, inclusive. Coffee professionals as well as home baristas and casual brewers have a delightful new resource on the web. Like the hook says in … [Read more...]

Ric Rhinehart’s Debonair Productions Presents: “A Webinar To Remember”

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Ric Rhinehart, kingpin of the SCAA braintrust, made an announcement on Coffeed earlier this week: The team at the ECX is moving quickly to develop a solution for bringing specialty Ethiopian coffee to market that is a direct response to the issues raised by the specialty coffee community over the last twelve months. In an effort to reach the … [Read more...]

Cup of Excellence Brazil 2009 Results

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The Cup Of Excellence 2009 Brazil auction took place yesterday, and the results are available at the COE website. This year's event was dominated by buyers from Japan, Taiwan and Korea who paid considerably higher prices for this year's top lot ($24.05) then was paid for last year's winner ($9.05). Some more information on this year's top farm, … [Read more...]

Throwdown By Law: Prove Your Barista Machismo At These Events

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Griffin, GA - Throwdown Royale at Safehouse Coffee & Tea Saturday, January 23rd The Tamper Review and Throwdown Royale will be on Saturday, January 23rd at Safehouse Coffee and Tea, 109 South Hill Street, Griffin, GA, 30223. The tamper assessment will begin at 6pm and the throwdown will follow after (remember the $5 buy-in!). Jacob Orr and … [Read more...]

Blog Blowup Brouhaha Between Barista Ballyhoos

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Set your doomsday clock to 11:59. Put the kids in the bomb shelter. Call your mother. Things got SERIOUS today over on the Doubleshot Coffee Blog, in an all-but-shooting tête-à-tête straight out of Dr. Strangelove. Nick Cho, Portafilter poobah and noted coffee gadabout, was engaged with intent to destroy in a war of words with Brian Franklin, of … [Read more...]

The Bean from Ipanema: Brazil’s COE Auction Jan. 19th

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Follow Brazil's hotly contested COE Auction through the Cup Of Excellence website, where you can also find recent results from COE auctions around the world. For those of you unfamiliar with the Cup of Excellence auction process, you can learn more by viewing this FABULOUS scene from the otherwise regrettable "Sex In The City" movie. Geoff Watts of … [Read more...]

Four Barrel’s S.O. Menu Changes The Game

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A glowing write-up of Four Barrel's single origin espresso offerings from blogger Pat Riggs. The San Francisco roastery was recently awarded the prestigious 2009 Sprudgie Award for Best Café. The innovative single origin "front bar" was introduced during the last week of December, 2009. We think it's a game changer. Each coffee is available as … [Read more...]

Sweet Maria’s named “Featured Donor” at Coffee Kids

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From the CKBlog: This holiday season, Sweet Maria’s produced “The Unofficial 2010 Dogs of Coffee Calendar,” which was sold to benefit Coffee Kids and five other charities. The calendar has 15 full-color photographs of dogs from various coffee-producing regions. Co-owner Thompson Owen took the photographs during his travels around the world in … [Read more...]