Counter Culture Giving Colorful Makeover to Bags, Roast Names

Counter Culture Giving Colorful Makeover to Bags, Roast Names

September 15, 2014 10:42 am

After nearly 20 years in business, Durham, N.C.-based Counter Culture Coffee is unveiling bright new new packaging for its 12-ounce retail bags, beginning Oct. 2. […]

Hate the Game, Not the Players: In Defense of ‘Cause Coffee’

Hate the Game, Not the Players: In Defense of ‘Cause Coffee’

September 4, 2014 1:05 pm

by Nora Burkey There has been plenty written lately, here and elsewhere, on the positive impact of coffee certifications. Conversely, much has been written about […]

Investors Not Shy As Coffee Subscription Segment Matures

Investors Not Shy As Coffee Subscription Segment Matures

August 13, 2014 10:24 am

With each new high-dollar round of venture funding, it is increasingly apparent that specialty coffee subscription services cannot be ignored by roasters with more traditional […]

Branding Case Study: Steampunk To-Go and Mood-Reflecting Cups at Gawatt

Branding Case Study: Steampunk To-Go and Mood-Reflecting Cups at Gawatt

July 30, 2014 1:13 pm

Here is an example showing that even the smallest independent operations can benefit from big, cohesive branding ideas. Gawatt, a single independent takeout coffee shop […]

A Single Coffee and a Single Chocolate Meet In a Bar

A Single Coffee and a Single Chocolate Meet In a Bar

July 29, 2014 3:29 pm

From labor and supply sustainability issues to alchemy and presentation, trends in specialty coffee tend to be repeated in the world of gourmet chocolate, and vice versa. For […]

Vega Coffee Piloting New-School Trade Model with Old-World Elements

Vega Coffee Piloting New-School Trade Model with Old-World Elements

July 21, 2014 12:15 pm

When Vega Coffee launches its pilot program following this Kickstarter campaign, few people in the coffee industry will be wearing as many hats as Noushin Ketabi […]

Not to Sound Alarmist, But Instant Coffee Is Taking Over the World

Not to Sound Alarmist, But Instant Coffee Is Taking Over the World

July 16, 2014 8:35 am

If you exist largely in specialty coffee circles, this may come as a bit of a shock: Half of the world prefers instant coffee over “fresh” coffee, […]

Stone Creek’s New Box Set Pitched as a ‘Case Study’ in Processing

Stone Creek’s New Box Set Pitched as a ‘Case Study’ in Processing

July 10, 2014 11:09 am

The race is on among roasters to to create unique tasting experiences in tight packages for the most curious of consumers. One popular tack is […]

You Have to See this World-Traveling Photographer’s Coffee Cup Collection

You Have to See this World-Traveling Photographer’s Coffee Cup Collection

July 2, 2014 12:13 pm

Rarely do disposable objects look this good. A New York-based photographer and former New Zealander and flat-white-drinker, Henry Hargreaves has compiled a serious collection of […]

Get Half Naked, Grab Some Friends and Drink Coffee Wine (It’s a Real Thing)

Get Half Naked, Grab Some Friends and Drink Coffee Wine (It’s a Real Thing)

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm

There are reasons some flavor combinations have never been brought to market. Nonetheless,  Miami-based Friends Fun Wine — the makers of the 6% ABV “Fun Wine […]