Rising green leaf prices that are squeezing margins at multi-national tea ventures are boosting the profitability of smallholders. Read more

Tea Report

The perfect match for small-scale industrial applications with the guarantee of unlimited product customization. Read more


Willem Boot has worked in coffee since he was 14 years old — as a roaster and cupper, and then a roastery owner. In 1998, he founded Boot Coffee, a San Francisco Bay Area consulting company whose mission was to advise roasting companies Read more


With the new money, Atomo Coffee is building a 12,000-square-foot roastery and production center in Seattle. The first product off the production line next year will be caffeinated cold brew containing 100 mg of caffeine per 8-ounce can. Read more

Coffee Report

As a licensed Q-grader, I cup coffees produced all over the world by all manner of processing methods — washed, natural, wet-hulled, the full range of honeys, and lately, many different kinds of processing experiments... Read more

Online sales offer tea retailers a reprieve during the unprecedented upheaval in sales to foodservice venues. Read more

Tea Report

Business was good at GoCoffeeGo, a San Francisco-based online coffee sales platform. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic arrived and suddenly sales skyrocketed. Read more


Instant coffees and teas are becoming cool - cool in how they are now being processed - in contrast to the long-established high-heat, big-freeze, and heavy-pressures methods. Read more


Sample Roaster Standouts

Credit: Roest Coffee AS

Sample roasters, including portable machines, are important professional tools, but they are also making some inroads in small cafés. STiR talks to three suppliers. Read more

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Tea Sourcing Will Never Be the Same

Photo courtesy KDHP Tea Estate

Covid-19 has forever changed the tea-buying landscape all over the world. Read more

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Coffee Processing Primer: Differentiation and Value-Added Distinction

Photo by Kelleigh Stewart/Big Island Coffee Roasters

Processing is an area of rapid evolution in coffee and where a great deal of innovation and experimentation are taking place. Read more



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Point of View:

Optimism, Practicality, and Dissent

Kim WestermanThese days, the news from the world of coffee and tea is difficult, at best, but this issue brings us some hopeful stories, including Dan Bolton’s feature on tea retailers successfully pivoting to online sales

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