History

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...

9 days 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

Kenyan Coffee, Gifts from the Owner of Snow

Mt. Kenya was a ghost ship on the horizon, its existence only rumored among Europeans for decades. Although it seems …

10 months ago

From the Valley of the Moon to Prices Over the Moon, Panama Coffee has Come a Long Way

In the 1884 edition of Coffee: From Plantation to Cup, Francis Thurber writes “Recently some 70,000 trees have been planted in the Chiriquí district, in the state of Panama, and this marks the beginning of the enterprise in that state.” The word Chiriquí has indigenous origins and means “valley of the moon.”

10 months ago