Tasting Notes

It occurs to me, shortly after bemoaning the lull in new crop coffee arrivals, that I’ve got beans on my sample shelf that I’ve yet to find time to taste… and others that I’ve tried, found wanting, and wondered: was it the bean, or the roast...

Peet’s Coffee is coming home…

Peet’s Coffee is coming home to Seattle, again. Sort of. Almost. Well… it’s complicated. Peet’s was established in Berkeley by the venerated Alfred Peet nearly 40 years ago. It was at Peet’s that Jerry Baldwin and his partners found their...

Coffee Doldrums

Coffee – like most any stuff that’s a product of soil and rain and honest sweat – is a seasonal crop. Where it’s grown determines when coffee trees [shrubs, really] will bloom and fruit and ripen. Coffee only grows well in the spaces between...

On-stage, and off.

It’s been a tremendous fun weekend, performance-wise. Friday evening the little improv company that I play with – Commedia Sans Arte – was featured at the Just Off Broadway theatre in Kansas City. While we’ve taken the stage together more than...

Hall of Famers

If the specialty coffee business ever were to build a hall of fame, pride of place would likely go to Alfred Peet, who brought European-inspired roasting to Berkeley, California nearly 40 years ago. And in that same hall, at Peet’s right-hand, there surely would...

Tip o’ the Hat

A tip of the hat…to Mark Prince – a caffeinated compatriot and fellow writer of expressions espressi – who picked up some nifty coverage in today’s USA TODAY. “As with soccer and fermented grapes, coffee drinks are another European import...
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