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Colombian farmers protest; green tea and memory

Posted: Apr 16, 2014
  GOOD TO THE LAST DROP One of coffee’s oldest brands, Maxwell House, is launch a sweeping re-branding this year, including a multi...More »

Blue Bottle’s big move; Peet’s D.C. expansion; coffee flour

Posted: Apr 09, 2014
BOTTLE ROCKET Taking several simultaneous forward leaps, Blue Bottle Coffee Roasters this week announced the acquisition of Los Angeles’ ...More »

Critics spurn k-cup coffee; rethinking Earl Grey

Posted: Apr 01, 2014
Weekly News Tasting K-CUP CONTROVERSY Critics of the ever-popular k-cup are beginning to call the coffee pods out on being not-so-nature-frien...More »

Coffee in Ka’u; even more cats; Lipton’s muppet media

Posted: Mar 11, 2014
Weekly News Tasting     KITTY CRAZE A woman in Portland has entered the race to open the nation’s first cat café, a...More »

The battle for k-cup autocracy begins

Posted: Mar 05, 2014
Weekly News Tasting     BRITISH INVASION London-based coffee chain Caffé Nero is slated to open its first US store in Bo...More »

Brazil’s extended drought; ancient tea jar’s US debut

Posted: Feb 25, 2014
Weekly News Tasting MISSION ACCOMPLISHED Boutique San Francisco roaster Sightglass Coffee expanded its retail offerings this week wi...More »

Coffee prices set to spike; Hawaii’s pest problem; New York’s seven dollar latte

Posted: Feb 20, 2014
Weekly News Tasting LET'S TALK RWANDA Rwanda’s tea and coffee export earnings fell below government estimates in 2013, according...More »

America’s caffeinated youth; a Manhattan map for the coffee-minded; Dumb Starbucks’ fifteen minutes

Posted: Feb 11, 2014
Weekly News Tasting CAFFEINATED KIDS: A new study finds that most US children, including preschoolers, consume caffeine, by way of soda, ...More »

Arabica’s bull market advance; climate change and tea

Posted: Feb 05, 2014
Weekly News Tasting   ARABICA ADVANCES: Following Brazil’s hottest January in recorded history, this week’s dry weather gave ...More »

Cat cafés; a Bodum recall; Starbucks’ gift-card gross

Posted: Jan 28, 2014
Weekly News Tasting PRODUCT RECALL: Following reports of minor injuries, kitchen equipment maker Bodum USA is recalling 28,000 coffee presses s...More »

Indie cafés snub Starbucks; the science of coffee and tea

Posted: Jan 14, 2014
BIG BUSINESS BACKLASH: In an unified attempt to dissuade customers from visiting coffee chains like Starbucks, a group of independent coffee sho...More »

Caffeinated shaving cream; San Diego expansion; coffee futures fall again

Posted: Jan 07, 2014
Weekly News Tasting GLOBAL GLUT SPURS CONTINUED PRICE DECLINE: As 2013 ended, coffee futures fell again to cap the longest run of annual dec...More »

Investors brace for continued coffee price drop, while bike-powered grinder hits the market

Posted: Dec 31, 2013
Weekly News Tasting   MURKY FUTURE: With coffee prices tumbling 20 percent in 2013, investors are pondering what lies ahead in 2014. ...More »

Dallas café accepts Starbucks gift cards, while Counter Culture unleashes new flavor wheel

Posted: Dec 24, 2013
Weekly News Tasting   VOCABULARY EXPANDER: Looking for new words to describe what you’re tasting in coffees? Durham, N.C.-based roa...More »

Starbucks offers soda tease; Counter Culture heads out West; companies get in the giving spirit

Posted: Dec 17, 2013
Weekly News Tasting PAYING IT FORWARD: Retailer Books-a-Million donated 42,195 bags of Joe Muggs coffee this holiday season to American troops ...More »