Articles by Mike Ferguson

Articles by Mike Ferguson

Notes from the Fruity Frontier of Fermentation: The Latest in Coffee Processing

Coffee producers have moved away from experimentation and have embraced real success with a variety of processing methods. The latest, and for some the most exciting, is fruit fermentation. In this blog, we define fruit fermentation as we know it and explain a bit about the science behind fermentaiton. 

10 days ago

Olam Specialty Coffee Welcomes Ana Mallozzi as Junior Trader

“Being a coffee trader has been a goal of mine for a long time and I’m so excited to work with Olam,” says Mallozzi. “Having worked for coffee roasters in the past, I’m familiar with that business in terms of both success and challenges. I look forward to being a part of success stories while working with our coffee roaster customers.”

11 days ago

100 Years Ago Today, W.H. Ukers Finished Writing All About Coffee

The pages of All About Coffee are filled with examples that give credence to the cliché, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Ukers also demonstrates that some ideas around what constitutes quality coffee and solid business practices have not evolved over the last 100 years so much as they temporarily devolved in the middle of the 20th century.

2 months ago

Instant Coffee - A Brief History

When Robert Falcon Scott set out for the arctic in 1901 he carried a version of instant coffee, a powdery extract that had to be stored in an airtight container...

3 months ago

Coffee Is A Story

Although I've only had the job title "Chief Storyteller" for a few years, telling coffee stories has been a big part of every job I've ever had in coffee because coffee is a story...

3 months ago

Green Coffee Glossary for New Coffee People, An Abridged List

Every activity has it’s lingo... The coffee industry is certainly not the worst offender in this regard, but the coffee lingo list can get long if you let it. 

4 months ago

The Ultimate Roaster’s Guide to Attending the Specialty Coffee Expo

Thirty-five years ago, in a room at Hotel Louisa in San Francisco, a small group of coffee roasters and importers …

4 months ago

The Journey of Green Coffee in Mexico

You can find Mexican coffee growing less than a day’s drive from the U.S. border in the tropical valleys of San Luis Potosi; though chances are you’ve never encountered coffee from this region...

5 months ago

Speaking of Coffee Prices - Thoughts for Roasters and Their Customers

Generally—and  way too simplistically—the demand for coffee doesn’t easily shift based on price alone. Most coffee drinkers will drink the same amount of coffee when prices are high as they do when prices are lower.

6 months ago

Words About Words About Coffee – 1722 to 1935

The evolution/expansion of taste descriptors—both formal evaluative words and the informal marketing words—is not purely a specialty coffee phenomenon. It’s been happening for a long time...

8 months ago