Now Accepting Submissions for Design Lab at Expo 2018

Design Lab 2018 Accepting Submissions

Design Lab was established at our 2016 Expo in Atlanta, focusing initially on coffee packaging, but grew in 2017 to include drinking vessels and spaces, both educational and retail. Learn more about Design Lab and apply on the Expo website here. Application deadline is February 16th. Hundreds of submissions were received last year, and carefully …

Expanding the Conversation: Specialty Coffee Retail Sentiment Index (RSI)

By HEATHER WARD Let’s focus for a moment on the retailer segment of the industry. Perhaps you can think back to a conversation you have had with a friend at a coffee event. You and your friend both own a coffee shop and the conversation may have gone something like this: Your friend tells you she …

Rubens Gardelli of Italy Crowned 2017 World Coffee Roasting Champion

By Alex Bernson The final competition of the 2017 World Coffee Championships cycle has just completed, with Rubens Gardelli being crowned the 2017 World Coffee Roasting Champion, after three intense days of competition at the Hotelex show in Guanzhou, China. Gardelli is no stranger to coffee competition, with many wins at the Italian Roasting Championship, …

Roasters Guild and Barista Guild to Visit Costa Rica in February

The Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America have organized an Origin Trip to Costa Rica from February 18-25, 2018 – all members and interested coffee professionals are invited to register. Attendees will learn about different aspects of the coffee supply chain and get a look at some of the most cutting edge coffee production techniques in …

National Coffee Competitions: A Recap of New Champions from Around the Globe

Here is our recap of the winners of national coffee competitions from around the world in collaboration with World Coffee Events (WCE) for the months of October and November 2017. These dedicated coffee competitors have earned the right to represent their country in coffee competitions at the international level. For more information on upcoming world …

2017 U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption Trends

By HEATHER WARD Specialty coffee consumption in the U.S. is growing, and this year there has been a significant increase in daily specialty coffee drinkers. Furthermore, over the last 18 years, the number of daily specialty coffee drinkers has consistently increased, strengthening the consumer demand for specialty coffee. Let’s take a closer look at the …

U.K. Takes First Place at the 2017 World Barista Championship

By ALEX BERNSON The World Barista Championship in Seoul was an incredible showcase of international coffee talent, with close to sixty competitors taking to the stage in early November for an exciting four-day display of innovation and technical mastery at Cafe Show Seoul. Dale Harris, representing the United Kingdom, took first place with a routine …