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Two Gems of Beijing’s Independent Coffee Scene

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Two Gems of Beijing’s Independent Coffee Scene

A decade ago an independent café selling specialty coffee found it difficult to even obtain quality beans from major producing countries. Fast forward and times have changed.

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Houston Strong

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“Houston Strong has become the city’s motto. Harvey wreaked havoc on our city’s infrastructure and thousands of residential homes. We have had a rough 2017 but our ability to bounce back fast. ... Coffee is no exception." more

Dec 8, 2017 5:00 AM Features

A strong spirit binds the coffee folks in Houston. It’s a Texas trait. Specialty roasters paved the way for Houstonians to enjoy a delicious cup. And, Hurricane Harvey certainly tested their resilience. more

Dec 8, 2017 4:00 AM Features

Power Port

Photo courtesy Port Houston

Seven in 10 containers that transit the Gulf of Mexico are processed at Port Houston, an important gateway for green coffee and other commodities entering the United States. more

Dec 8, 2017 3:00 AM Features

Sample Sleuth

Photos by Dan Bolton / STiR coffee and tea

What does it take to be one of the best-known coffee samplers in America? more

Dec 8, 2017 2:00 AM Features

ICE Coffee

Photos by Dan Bolton / STiR coffee and tea

In 2000 industry leaders organized the Greater Houston Coffee Association with the goal of establishing warehousing capacity sufficient to qualify for a New York Board of Trade license to store exchange-traded coffee. Why warehousing? more

Dec 8, 2017 1:00 AM Features

Shop-Size Roasters

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The growth of specialty coffee has turned many consumer connoisseurs into roasters seeking to make a perfect cup. As a result, more small roaster units are being sold. more

Dec 7, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Growth in household penetration of single-serve brewers has slowed. more

Dec 7, 2017 12:00 AM Features

A blind cupping by 16 of the best Cup of Excellence judges in the world awarded a complex Brazilian natural all-time record score of 93.60. The coffee from Fazenda Camocim was the first coffee produced by biodynamic methods to ever win the top prize. more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 PM Features

Biodynamic agricultural methods are not popular among producers in Brazil. more

Dec 6, 2017 5:00 AM Features

Tracking a seed from farm to cup seems simple. But documenting every step is quite complicated. Now consider blends that mix coffee from hundreds of growers from multiple origins in differing ratios for recipes that vary by season. more

Dec 5, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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