Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.

Mark Twain

Sell Coffee Like Wine..

“The only way in which farmers of quality coffee in Kenya and other African countries are going to get a good return for their endeavours is if they market their product in much the same way quality wines are marketed around the...

Newsletter redux…

The folks at The Coffee Project were kind enough to send a handful of back-issues of Ground Control, their ever-more-frequent print newsletter. There’s some good stuff here… recent articles cover such varied topics as how to read a coffee bag [you know.....

The Birth of CoffeeReview

The folks at Bellissimo’s Coffee Universe have finally gotten a revamped Coffee Review off the ground… and in a fairly substantial way. Not only are Ken David’s [sometimes] monthly reviews back online, but so are what appear to be the complete...

A Coffee Experience

This evening at the local Borders I ordered a double espresso. This is *not* something I would ordinarily do… in-store coffee shops have a dismal track record in my book, serving coffee that is all over the map in terms of quality. But the two young ladies...

Polly want espresso?

Polly want espresso? Polly want espresso? Polly want espresso? Polly want espresso? Polly want espresso! Polly want espresso? Polly want...

Storing roasted coffee…

A frequently asked question on alt.coffee: how do I best store roasted coffee? Will a zippy bag do? Inexpensive zippy bags don’t do much to keep gasses from wafting this way and that — in and out of the bag. They may be water-tight… but they are gas...

Coffee Maker Usability

Mark Hurst of Creative Good has found his voice again. Among his first new blog entries is a shot at coffee makers… “I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but one morning last week I was interested to see a friend of mine struggling with a new coffee...

Cuppa Joe, Easy on the Tummy

WIRED — “Some people can’t start their day without a caffeine jolt from a cup of coffee. But for those with sensitive stomachs, even drinking decaffeinated coffee can be uncomfortable. Coffee entrepreneur Johann Wulff insists there’s another...

Peetniks -R- Us

I remain a big fan of Peet’s, despite the fact that I roast my own coffee these days. Peet’s has a remarkable history — one of quality, and consumer education. The company, and its people, have made an indelible contribution to the world we now know...

The other puck…

It’s been a challenge to write much of anything today, between far too many blue-screens [I’m behind in my Windows re-install regimen] and today’s incredible Olympic hockey schedule [go, USA!] I find myself rebooting and cursing between periods....

No taxation without…

I find myself paying taxes to a state in which I do not live, apparently because I also did not live there last year. My not living there last year resulted in a refund of taxes that had been already taken from my paycheck. The refund of those taxes came in the form...

More Mystery Cup..

More Mystery Cup…Jim Schulman is a fellow altie and something of a professional data grubber. He sent me some very interesting charts based on data he’d glommed from the Mystery Cup charts I’d published here. I was intrigued by his findings —...

Coy? Moi?

A reader suggests I’m being coy by not suggesting what origin, or what blend of coffee to use in cafe au lait. Coy? Moi? No… it’s just an oversight. You’ll want to brew a coffee that can cut through all that hot milk — and if you’re...

It’s Fat Tuesday…

It’s Fat Tuesday… and while thousands throng Bourbon Street in New Orleans — parlaying their, er… assets for beads — I’m more inclined to think of the Big Easy’s less trafficked locales. The wizened mansions of the Garden...

Spilling the beans…

In a marathon series of weekend updates the Mystery Cup Challenge results are revealed! Complete cupping reports — origin details, maps, and highlights of scoring — are now online. Still cupping? Not to worry, there’s still time to post your results....
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