Opinion: Starbucks’ Upmarket Model and the Big Business of Little Bars

Opinion: Starbucks’ Upmarket Model and the Big Business of Little Bars

December 5, 2014 5:04 pm

Way back in 2011, shortly after news broke investment firm TSG Consumer Partners had made a “major” but undisclosed investment in Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, […]

Inside Starbucks’ New Reserve Line HQ, A Shrine to Company and Coffee

Inside Starbucks’ New Reserve Line HQ, A Shrine to Company and Coffee

December 5, 2014 10:43 am

Starbucks has unveiled its massive Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, occupying a sprawling 15,000 square foot former automotive showroom after two years in the making. This is arguably […]

Canadian Chain Second Cup Unveils its High-End Market Concept in Toronto

Canadian Chain Second Cup Unveils its High-End Market Concept in Toronto

December 4, 2014 3:20 pm

Canadian roaster and retail chain Second Cup has followed through on recent promises to refresh its brand and introduce a “coffee-centric” approach to consumers with […]

Now Roasting in Madison: Kin-Kin from Johnson Public House

Now Roasting in Madison: Kin-Kin from Johnson Public House

December 2, 2014 3:55 pm

When Johnson Public House set up shop four years ago in a largely residential neighborhood of Madison, Wis., filled with graduate students and 20-something-year-old creative […]

Blue Bottle Reinvents an Out-of-Favor Classic with This Designer Moka Pot

Blue Bottle Reinvents an Out-of-Favor Classic with This Designer Moka Pot

December 1, 2014 3:45 pm

Blue Bottle Coffee’s website has been down much of today. Perhaps not coincidentally, the trouble began shortly after the company announced a new brewing product: The reinvented […]

A New Farm-to-Cup Model from El Salvador’s Directo Caffè

A New Farm-to-Cup Model from El Salvador’s Directo Caffè

December 1, 2014 1:43 pm

We are at a time when permutations of the direct trade concept — a fuzzy one among roasters — are seemingly infinite. We could name […]

From Colombia to Williamsburg, Devoción Purports New Levels of Crop-to-Cup Freshness

From Colombia to Williamsburg, Devoción Purports New Levels of Crop-to-Cup Freshness

November 28, 2014 12:24 pm

Innovation in the high-end food world, and by extension the coffee world, typically follows a kind of linear progression. That is to say, the newest “it” […]

Blue Bottle Publicly Defending Some Cuts to Part-Timer Benefits

Blue Bottle Publicly Defending Some Cuts to Part-Timer Benefits

November 26, 2014 12:38 pm

Blue Bottle Coffee is publicly defending its decision to cut health insurance benefits to some of its existing part-time employees as part of a company-wide […]

Massimo Zanetti Opens 58,000-Square-Foot Vietnam Roasting Plant

Massimo Zanetti Opens 58,000-Square-Foot Vietnam Roasting Plant

November 26, 2014 12:06 pm

Banking on long-term growth in the Asian market throughout its brand spectrum, Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group has cut the ribbon on a multimillion dollar roasting […]

Must-See Video: GoPro Cameras Inside a Commercial Drum Roaster

Must-See Video: GoPro Cameras Inside a Commercial Drum Roaster

November 24, 2014 11:46 am

Using GoPro and Canon DSLR cameras, Hungarian roaster Laczkó Gábor has given us an extraordinary view into the mechanisms of a commercial coffee roaster. The video, “Roasted,” […]