Category: People

World’s Youngest Q Grader Launches Youth-Supportive Joven Coffee

The world’s youngest licensed Q Grader, Francesca “Frankie” Volkema, today officially launched her own youth-farmer-focused coffee brand, Joven Coffee. Proving that youth is not always wasted on the young,...

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New Nonprofit The Mokha Institute Hopes to Boost Yemeni Coffee

A group of specialty coffee and development professionals has created a nonprofit called The Mokha Institute, designed to provide technical direction for the coffee sector of Yemen. A historically...

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Through a Heartbreaking Time in Minneapolis, a Glimmer of Peace (Coffee)

In no uncertain terms, property damage represents a minuscule price to pay in the grander fight towards justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling,...

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Specialty Coffee Pros Joel Shuler and Todd Arnette Join Coffee Quality Institute

The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has announced the addition of two key staff members: Coffee processing expert Joel Shuler, and longtime specialty coffee professional Todd Arnette. Both Shuler and...

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A Chat with Janina Grabs on the New Book ‘Selling Sustainability Short’

Can private certification standards truly bring about more sustainable production practices? This is the question at the center of Dr. Janina Grabs‘ forthcoming book, Selling Sustainability Short? The Private Governance...

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US Barista Champion Andrea Allen on Her Winning Routine and Navigating a Pandemic

If you’ve tuned into any national-level barista competitions over the past eight-years, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Onyx Coffee Lab Co-Owner Andrea Allen. The renowned barista and trainer...

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Mahlkönig Unveils E65S GBW and E80 Grinders, Adds Stefanos Domatiotis

Two new grinder models recently launched by Mahlkönig, the E65S GBW and the E80 Supreme, are making their way to distributors around the world right now. As part of that…

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‘Everything is Uncertain’: Working in Coffee Through COVID-19

As more countries, states and cities enact temporary shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an untold number of baristas, roasters, shop owners and production staff are continuing to...

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