We are only human. We try to stand erect, we trip, and slip and fall, and grab at something and pull ourselves up. Sometimes we are lucky, and we triumph over our challenges. Sometimes we fail.
If you follow my posts on this page or check the Market Feed on the Gillies website: https://www.gilliescoffee.com/education-tools then you know that the price of coffee has been going up for a while and is already being felt in Gillies’
There is a shortage of coffee.
The crunch in supply is caused in part by Covid; in part by the world-side shortage of shipping containers; a drought in Brazil; the recent Suez blockage;
The NCA website says, “…NCA is not aware of any GMO coffee in the marketplace.” We should be aware that Nestle, “has obtained a patent on a genetically modified coffee plant that will improve the solubility of instant coffee powder made from its beans,” according to an article on coffeehabitat.com published December 26,
It is unfortunate that SCA has positioned itself such that it can no longer serve the American trade as envisioned by SCAA’s Founding Fathers. I believe this was unintentional. The membership was led down a mistaken path.
Some of our friends in the trade are telling us that there is a pile of money to be made in CBD blended coffee. Maybe there is.
Dealing in CBD today is not dissimilar to dealing in alcohol during prohibition under The 18th Amendment,
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On February 14th, I sent a letter to all the past presidents of the coffee association. It appears below, along with a period image of the author. -DNS
Dear Brothers &
In 1958, a modest and compassionate American said, “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.”
Cultural differences and sensibilities make specialty coffee unique as a trade in each of the world’s regional coffee cultures.
A Study with Nexium®
The study of coffee futures as an investment vehicle is fascinating and the results can be treacherous for those who attempt to ride the tiger of this soft commodity market.
A Tale of Thanksgiving in the Big City
Before Karen Cebreros and Kimberly Easson, and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance; before Erna Knutsen, and even Alice Foote MacDougall, there were women in coffee.
June 30, 2016
This is Donald Schoenholt, co-founder of SCAA, and founder of Roasters Guild. By now you know that there is an SCAA and Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) consolidation vote scheduled for this coming week.
I don’t know if Leonard Nimoy was a coffee lover. Possibly not, but as I have been writing about globalization in recent months Mr. Nimoy, and his alter ego Mr. Spock keep coming to mind.
In recent weeks there has been an ongoing discussion, which I had something to do with igniting, among Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Past Presidents on the subject of the proposed consolidation of SCAA with the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE).
Ted Lingle, and Paul Katzeff are two SCAA founders who have favored their fellow tradespeople with letters on the subject of merger during recent days. Both have an abiding affection for SCAA, having served as Presidents of the association and both have been honored as Lifetime Achievement laureates by the trade.
The following missive was sent by me to my friends Paul Katzeff, and Dan Cox, two gentlemen of coffee who were present at the birth of Specialty Coffee Association of America, have served multiple terms as the association’s president and have both been honored as Lifetime Achievement laureates by the trade.
In the time since Tea and Coffee published my article Cold Comfort in May 2011, which told the story of cold coffee beverages, a controversy over Iced coffee has been percolating. Our friends at Oren’s Daily Roast in New York,
My Dad had a hail, hearty and memorable throaty laugh. I can still hear it, 40 years after his passing, ringing joyfully through my internal coffee world. “Just remember it’s a game,” he would say,
In France where a coffee-maker is a Cafetiere, it is a Cafetière à Piston. It is called simply Cafetiere, a brand name in the UK, and likewise in high-tone US dining rooms where some still lift their pinky when sipping coffee.
I have been learning, and writing about coffee for as long as I can remember. I was a boy when James “Jim” Quinn had taken over the reins of Tea and Coffee Trade Journal in 1956.