Coffee Culture

Airports Are Stepping Up Their Coffee Game

Finally, it's safe flying for coffee geeks
Mar 19, 2014 9:00 am

One of two things are needed to fly and usually a combination of both: caffeine and alcohol. Even the staunchest coffee geek caves at the airport and springs for Starbucks or whatever else is available. But several airports around North America are stepping up their coffee programs to include single origin brews, specially trained baristas and pastries made by local chefs. Read on.

TOMS Shoes Branches Out Into Coffee

Buy a bag of beans, give a week of clean water
Mar 17, 2014 9:00 am

About five or six years ago is when you probably first noticed the shoes. TOMS classic canvas slip ons are functional, practical and cute to boot. And when you learned that for every pair sold the company gives a pair of shoes to a child in need, you went out and bought some. Now, TOMS is applying its One for One model to a new effort: coffee beans for you; water for a community that needs it. Read on.

Infographic: How To Drink Coffee Like A Local In Paris, Rome And Barcelona

Know your Café Bombón from Caffè Lungo
Mar 11, 2014 9:00 am

Here's an infographic that details three coffee-obsessed European cities — Paris, Rome and Barcelona — and where to drink coffee there. Also, how to not look like a silly tourist while drinking your cortado in each city.

8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

The best of the little guys in NYC, London, Chicago
Mar 3, 2014 10:00 am

Chances are you can’t avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you’ve landed at your final destination, there’s no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains — and chainlets — so that you don’t have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. Here are 8 of our favorites.

What Does 'Fair Trade' Coffee Really Mean?

Why that sticker on the bag is a mixed message
Feb 19, 2014 10:00 am

When buying coffee, a lot of people look for the Fair Trade stamp of approval on the packaging. Fair Trade USA is a non-profit organization that certifies goods like coffee, chocolate and sugar are made according to a set of strict standards that encourages environmental sustainability, as well as ensuring that the people involved in production were treated and compensated fairly. Sounds admirable. But critics of Fair Trade claim that the certification no longer means what it used to. The question is: are consumers being misled? Read on.

Stumptown Adds Milk, And An Old-School Carton, To Its Cold Brew Line

Iconic coffee company has an eye for design
Jan 31, 2014 10:00 am

To introduce the latest addition to its cold-brewed lineup, Cold Brew Coffee With Milk, Stumptown is heralding the new beverage its own special packaging concept: a neo-retro spin on the old-school milk carton.

Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings

The 10 key figures in the industry right now
Jan 30, 2014 10:00 am

A new year brings a new set of hot coffee luminaries. We’ve been scouring the country and beyond for the tastemakers and trailblazers in the field of coffee brewing, roasting, marketing and technology. Find out who is on our radar, from microroasters of the moment to badass baristas to those who grow the precious cherries that will eventually become your morning pour over. Behold, the Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings (early 2014 edition).

Check Out This Coffee Flavor Wheel, So You Know Your Leather From Your Plum

Counter Culture has released their flavor bible
Dec 20, 2013 10:00 am

Part of that education process surrounding coffee is stressing the concept of cupping (sampling coffee side by side and drawing out specific flavor profiles). We’ve always wondered where the flavors come from — all the melons, gingers and "hints of tobacco" we read about. Well, that question was answered when we stumbled upon this flavor wheel


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