A Reasonable Look at Fair Trade

Reason Magazine has published one of the more — well, reasonable — articles about Fair Trade I’ve read in quite some time. It’s a lengthy piece and it covers a lot of angles, so it’s tough to grab a representative paragraph that...
It’s Fat Tuesday, Again.

It’s Fat Tuesday, Again.

Four years ago I wrote this homage to New Orleans’ coffee traditions… clearly, it speaks to more carefree days in the Big Easy. Today, even these many months after the devastation of Katrina, it’s still difficult to grasp what’s been lost in...

Reader Email

Like most everybody with an email address, I get a daily deluge of email offers to sell me mortgages, prescription drugs, and college diplomas… and while I’d love to paper my walls with non-accredited college diplomas in fantastic subjects — Semiotic...

Java Sutra: When You Really Want a Lift

While lots of us look to a cuppa coffee for a little lift — a little pick-me-up, if you will — this is definitely taking things to a new level. Java Sutra, based in Portland, OR, claims its coffee will boost your libido as well: The coffee is infused with...

On Tasting Coffee and Sensory Memory

I was fortunate enough to learn the fundamentals of cupping coffee at Barry Jarrett’s elbow. Of the many, many things I learned from Barry, one really tattooed itself on my brain, and it has to do with how our perceptions of aromas and flavors can be deceptive,...

Tasting Two by Two

And the number shall be… three? There’s a tried and true technique called triangle cupping that’s used to identify which of three coffees is different. (For you Sesame Street fans, it’s a game of One of These Things Is Not Like The Others.) You...
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