Alpha, Bravo, Castillo? A New Coffee Alphabet Looking for an X

Alpha, Bravo, Castillo? A New Coffee Alphabet Looking for an X

January 23, 2015 8:06 am

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog (Author’s note: I noticed minutes after writing this post that this has been done before. Only way better. Not the […]

B Corp Could Be Coffee’s Next Big Certification Movement, and Here’s Why

B Corp Could Be Coffee’s Next Big Certification Movement, and Here’s Why

January 21, 2015 7:10 am

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog First things first: I know I am late to the B Corp party. I first heard about B Corp […]

Generations of Reflection at the Finca Malacara Reunion in El Salvador

Generations of Reflection at the Finca Malacara Reunion in El Salvador

January 13, 2015 1:53 pm

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog Back in September, I published this interview with my colleague Ivania, who was born as a landless worker on […]

Coffee Purveyor Promotes Blind Taste Test with a 50 Percent Failure Rate

Coffee Purveyor Promotes Blind Taste Test with a 50 Percent Failure Rate

January 9, 2015 11:37 am

It is a cup-half-full or cup-half-empty proposition. Cumberland Farms, a gas station and convenience store chain with a strong presence in New England, has an […]

The Bizarre and the Beautiful: How Coffee Inspired and Confounded in 2014

The Bizarre and the Beautiful: How Coffee Inspired and Confounded in 2014

December 29, 2014 8:08 am

From Hitler on coffee creamers to an upscale cafe concept with individual French presses from KFC, it was a bizarre and sometimes confounding year in coffee. Here […]

2014 Year in Review: The Trading Game

2014 Year in Review: The Trading Game

December 26, 2014 7:23 am

As we mentioned in our year in review on supply sustainability, the trend toward traceability —whether originating at the roaster, retail, or import level — has […]

2014 Year In Review: Supply Sustainability and Economics at Origin

2014 Year In Review: Supply Sustainability and Economics at Origin

December 24, 2014 7:29 am

In many ways, 2014 has been a banner year for coffee traceability. This movement has been fueled by an industry that has elevated origin as […]

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, […]

In Defense of the Caturra Variety: A Conversation with Alejandro Cadena

In Defense of the Caturra Variety: A Conversation with Alejandro Cadena

November 28, 2014 9:47 am

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog When I read this article by Kenneth Davids in The Coffee Review assigning Caturra to the second tier of […]

Marketing Coffee Varieties and Preliminary Feedback from the Colombia Sensory Trial

Marketing Coffee Varieties and Preliminary Feedback from the Colombia Sensory Trial

November 24, 2014 10:19 am

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog In this recent article in The Coffee Review, Ken Davids explores the idea of “the variety play,” which he […]