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 …

Nothing Wrong, Something Right

By Todd Mackey There are those times that stand out amidst harder seasons. Days where the mere absence of any issue and lack of conflict can be stunningly beautiful, when “nothing immediately wrong” is wholly special and can stop one dead in their tracks. Then there are stretches where even the rain has sunshine glistening …

On Specialty Coffee in Europe

By Andra Vlaicu Europe is quite a unique region of the world, totaling 51 independent countries. Some of the most popular travel destinations on this tiny continent are France, with its capital Paris, closely followed by Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and Germany. It should come as no surprise that coffee in Europe is as diverse …