El Salvador—Barista Trip

Talking about earthquakes almost certainly causes them, that is now my belief.  After discussing the earthquake in Mexico City yesterday, we were treated to multiple tremors in San Salvador last night.  But all in good fun.  I am currently traveling with our very own Lauren of Public Domain coffee to visit our Direct Trade producers in El Salvador.  We are both California girls, so the tremors did not faze us, and we were rearing to go this morning. Read more »


A Coffee Pilgrimage to Britain – Part 1

I recently had the opportunity to spend two weeks doing something I have dreamed of for many years; spending two weeks exploring the coffee culture in one of the Western world’s oldest coffee cities – London. Read more »


Musings on John Vaughan and the “Going Out of Style” of Fresh, Local, and Lovingly Roasted Coffee

I never had the opportunity to meet John C. Vaughan from St. Louis. And that saddens me, because he looks like the sort of man a person would WANT to meet… especially if they were a person like me that is (and as John obviously was) absolutely crazy about roasting coffee. Read more »


Introducing START

Coffee has historically been a crop grown to satisfy the demand of the developed world at the cost of a lower quality of life for producing communities. Now, the coffee industry has the tools, the energy, and the momentum to create a paradigm shift and redefine coffee as we know it. But, before we can change the coffee world, we have to measure our current baseline and concrete steps already taken, so we can design our intentions around real information. We need a measurement tool. And, now we have one: START.
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Visit to Tanzania for the EAFCA Conference – Part 2

I journeyed to Tanzania and the annual EAFCA (Eastern African Fine Coffees Association) conference as an honored guest of the Association, being asked to give two presentations during the convention. It was a privilege to be invited to be a speaker at the event, a role that I enjoy fulfilling anytime and anywhere in the world where I can talk coffee with a room full of people that love it as much as I do! Read more »


Visit to Tanzania for the EAFCA Conference - Part 1

After a recent trip to Africa Molly Laverty, our Producer Relations Manager, blogged “Tanzania is really far from Portland”. Having just returned from the latest EAFCA (Eastern African Fine Coffees Association) annual meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania, I can similarly attest to the remoteness of Tanzania and the difficulty in getting there and coming back! Read more »


What Does a $3.00 C-Market Mean for My Store?

I was recently in a conference room listening to smart coffee people talk about the current price volatility in coffee. Here ‘s basically what was said: Read more »


Roaster Restoration – Part 3

Faversham & Felixstowe, Oh My!

When I was hired by Coffee Bean International in 1982, my first job was as a brand manager for ‘Jericho America’, our line of imported coffee and tea equipment – both commercial (we directly imported and distributed commercial coffee grinders) and household (similarly, we directly imported and distributed container-loads of French presses, airpots, filter-papers, brew cones, and so forth). As a small Pacific Northwest specialty roaster in those very early years, we were chronically rich in great ideas but short of money, so I wound up learning to do most of the complicated work of running an import business on the fly, and on a shoestring – I think I could have written ‘Managing Letters of Credit, CIF Price Quotes, Freight Consolidators, and Customs Brokers for Dummies’!


Kilimanjaro Day 7

My final day in Tanzania!  Little did I know it would be such an adventurous one, but more on that at the end. Read more »


Kilimanjaro Day 5

Day 5 was spent touring Tudeley Estate’s farms, Kibo and Kikafu.  Jackson Matenge was my tour guide for the day-- Tudeley Estate’s acting general manager

Kibo Estate: Read more »

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