Coffee Culture

So You Know The Difference Between A Macchiato, Cappuccino And Flat White

Ordering coffee drinks can be confusing!
Oct 24, 2014 11:01 am

Today is the day you stop referring to all specialty coffee drinks as lattes! Praise the beans! Let the gentle tink-tink of a thousand glass Chemexes ring. Below is an utterly foolproof guide to ordering (and pronouncing) the coffee you actually want. That generic latte might very well be a flat white or cappucino and you'd never know until you decoded the layers of caffeinated goodness in your to-go cup. Learn once and for all, and have a speedy little morning. 

How A Small Los Angeles Design Firm Is Changing The Way The World Drinks Coffee

Meet notNeutral, innovators of coffee drinkware
Oct 13, 2014 9:00 am

If you've had coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea any time in the last few years, there is a good chance you recall the drink (a cappuccino or pour over perhaps) — as well as the vessel in which it was served. It was a porcelain cup, remember, thick at the base to keep the drink warm. That cup was designed by notNeutral, a product design and retail firm in Los Angeles. And they are quickly changing the way we drink coffee.

Can You Point To The Birthplace Of Coffee On A World Map?

Documentary series The Perennial Plate investigates
Oct 6, 2014 3:30 pm

The Perennial Plate is an ambitious documentary series founded by chef and activist Daniel Klein. Before traveling the world to produce his films, the NYU grad worked in some of the world’s top kitchens including The Fat Duck, Craft and Mugaritz. Klein just completed his most recent season, traveling to 12 countries in 14 months. The destination for his final segment? Ethiopia, and the results are stunning. Here we find out more about how the country has become well known as the “birthplace of coffee.”

Counter Culture Coffee Revamps Its Packaging Design In A Splashy Way

The brand overhaul includes new roast names, bags
Sep 30, 2014 9:00 am

It's pretty hard to stand out among the crowded coffee landscape these days, but Counter Culture Coffee just got our attention. The North Carolina-based third wave coffee roaster is debuting a fresh new packaging concept this week, along with newly named roasts to compliment the dramatically changed looks. 

How To Grind Coffee Exactly For A French Press, Chemex, Drip, Espresso Machine

Are you grinding your beans correctly?
Sep 24, 2014 9:00 am

We’re pretty much all coffee obsessives around these parts. Oh hey, here are 10 stories that remind us that craft coffee is taking over the world. We also occasionally offer up our take on the most influential people in the coffee game with the Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings. With that in mind, we wanted to share this really helpful infographic from I Heart Coffee Japan. Because, good coffee starts with a good grind. No, really, you can mess it up.

It May Be Fall, But You'll Have To Pry This Iced Coffee From My Cold, Dead Hands

The case for drinking iced coffee til a first frost
Sep 8, 2014 10:00 am

Iced coffee had quite a summer in 2014. In fact, I'd venture to say that this is the year that the non-hot variety of every sane person's morning beverage earned its place at the coffee counter. Which makes it all the more difficult to leave behind my iced coffee habit as the summer turns to fall. 

How A Fast Company Reporter Embedded With The 'Big 4' Third Wave Coffee Roasters

Coffee is serious business, with serious characters
Aug 19, 2014 9:00 am
James Freeman Blue Bottle photo

Danielle Sacks is a senior writer at Fast Company, where she just published a colorful story detailing the so-called third wave coffee movement — a decade-old philosophy that places extreme, sometimes obsessive, importance on the farming, cultivating, roasting and brewing of coffee. In The Multimillion Dollar Quest To Brew the Perfect Cup Of Coffee, Sacks embeds with each of the Big Four coffee producers (Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Counter Culture and Blue Bottle) to tell a story that involves private-equity groups, $16,000 coffee makers and a whole bunch of seriously over-caffeinated industry folk. 

2 Ways Coffee Design Is Rapidly Changing

Bold ideas for redesigning the morning cup
Aug 14, 2014 9:00 am

Thanks to a design firm's dynamic rethinking of how we package and present our beans, and a new line of instant java — in cubes! — here are two of the most creative approaches to coffee we've seen in a while. Put down that jar of instant granules and get ready for an upgrade.

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