Articles by Mike Ferguson

Articles by Mike Ferguson

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...

5 days 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...

6 days 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. 

26 days 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 …

1 month 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...

2 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.

3 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...

5 months ago