Kenya: The King of Coffee

By Phyllis Johnson Kenya is the official Portrait Country for the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle. Phyllis Johnson explains why Kenyan coffee’s distinct flavor profile and quality sets it apart from all other origins. I’ll always remember my introduction to Kenya coffee. It was April 1999 in an old dusty basement of a …

Java Jog Goes Global

After a one year hiatus, the Java Jog for a Cause event is back in Seattle and ready to welcome coffee aficionados, runners, walkers and friends for this annual fun run and fundraiser. Since 2013, Java Jog for a Cause has raised more than $75,000 for women in coffee growing communities in Ethiopia and the …

What is Specialty Coffee?

By Ric Rhinehart When I first wrote this article in June of 2009, I identified the fragile chain of custody for specialty coffee and the collaborative work that is necessary to deliver a better coffee experience that can be measured. This remains true today, but it is important to note two other thoughts on the …

Specialty Coffee Retail Standards

By Sarah Leslie Attendees at Re:co Symposium in Atlanta last year had the opportunity to visit four different “cafes” over two days in one hotel ballroom. The coffee service organizers Stephen Morrissey and Laila Willbur intended to emphasize the diversity in specialty coffee retailing. For each coffee break, volunteers and staff created four distinct service …