Coffee Notes from All Over

Coffee Notes from All Over

Where’s the next battleground for coffee supremacy? Place your bets on India… Today, there are about 750 cafés across India, two-thirds of which are owned and operated by Café Coffee Day, a company that plans to have 1,400 cafés across India in...
Exiled from the Forbidden City

Exiled from the Forbidden City

You have, no doubt, heard by now that Starbucks has closed its store in the Forbidden City. You may also have heard that Starbucks’ exit was fomented by a massive online campaign in China, sparked by a — wait for it — a blogger. Who knew bloggers had...
Bourbon Pointu: A Roaster’s Nightmare?

Bourbon Pointu: A Roaster’s Nightmare?

One more quick point (hah!) on Bourbon Pointu. It would appear that this coffee’s pointu (or, pointed) appellation is well earned. I’ve roasted any number of long-bean coffees, but this is something else, again. (Click the image1 to get a zoomified look.)...
Found! The Forgotten Coffee of Réunion Island

Found! The Forgotten Coffee of Réunion Island

The tiny island of Réunion1 is little more than a dot in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southwest of Mauritius. For nearly 200 years that dot was the foundation of a singular exclamation point in coffee history. A peculiar varietal was cultivated at Réunion...
Coffee Notes From All Over

Coffee Notes From All Over

In which the proprietor dumps a bunch of coffee-related stuff into a single post. Enjoy. Cuppa Joe to Go, Hold the Cup — In Edmonton, the DaCapo Caffe won’t give you a paper cup for your takeout coffee. Co-owner Antonio Bilotta, 31, says he’s tired...

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