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Every year new coffee trends trot out to greet us but, this year, what will make the list as 2020’s big coffee trends? At the beginning of the year, it would have been safe to list the flat white, coffee cocktails, and coffee slushies/smoothies as must try drinks this year. Now with cafes and bars closed due to COVID-19, we are seeing alternative big coffee trends taking over the scene. Large Format Coffee Trend Right now, everyone wants to support their small, local businesses. Social media even encourages the behavior with new stickers, tags, and hashtags. However, if you are going out in

Coffee consumption has always been a topic of great debate and humor. How much is too much? Flavored? How late is too late to drink? Decaf, really!? Now with most of the population staying in their homes, we are now looking at coffee differently and the same. Based on a survey Sprudge conducted, they are finding coffee consumption is on the rise. Out of 468 people, they found, “Before coronavirus folks were consuming on average 2.45 cups of coffee a day. That number has since gone up to 2.77 cups, roughly a third cup extra a day representing an over 13%

Coffee stands can always draw a crowd with specialty coffee, latte art, and tasty treats but, what happens when the stand itself is the initial draw? Many coffee shops have themes, education programs, and even performers to draw a crowd. So, coffee stands have really stepped up their game to compete with cat/dog, gallery, and superhero (the list goes on) themed cafes. Here are a few places that are uniquely memorable to be sure: • On The Road Coffee Located in Denver, CO, artist Matthew Pendleton has created a coffee stand inside of a VW Bug. He became inspired when he saw this idea

Coffee inspired art can mean a number of wonderful things. Coffee can lend inspiration to create music, writing, and cuisine. But what happens when the coffee is now the medium used to create? There are people who are using coffee paint, mix mediums, and even creating full spectrums of color by introducing tea into the mix. Painting Maria Aristidou uses brewed coffee and grounds to paint beautiful watercolors. She has become greatly skilled in identifying the variations in color among a variety of various roasts. Giulia Bernardelli has taken to painting with spoons, toothpicks, and even her own fingers both in and out

What is sustainability? Does the word mean the same thing to each one of us? Can one’s sustainability definition satisfy someone else’s? It turns out the answer to these questions are not as simple as one would think in today’s changing socioeconomic, ecological and political world! Sustainability can take forms as varied as environmental sustainability, and focus on one single aspect such as: • increased waste reaching landfills, • helping the coffee supply chain be more sustainable by helping coffee farmers improve their daily lives and futures, • minimizing the impact of the higher energy requirements have on our ecosystems and climate changes. Let’s start

Today’s coffee farmers are aging out of the workforce as they begin to move from middle age and into, what should be, retirement age. Most smaller farms are family businesses and the younger generations are finding farming to be a high-risk and low-status vocation. As these young people head off to the city to find jobs that require less labor and offer more security, it then falls to the older generation to struggle and maintain the family farms with little or no help. These younger generations are not wrong about the need for change in order to make coffee farming a

  In early August, a team from Orinoco Coffee & Tea – Business Assistant and first-time origin trip participant Charlotte Berry and President Pedro Ramirez – flew out of Baltimore to see what could be found in Peru. At 6 a.m. Saturday, August 3, Orinoco’s plane arrived in Lima. THE INVITE The adventure began back in July, when Orinoco was invited by Peru’s tourism agency – PROMPERÚ – to participate in an early August coffee buyers’ mission to South America. The proposed journey would lay the groundwork for future importing opportunities with Peru. The itinerary included orchestrated visits to coffee farms, cooperatives, and more in

Are you such a coffee fanatic that you’re starting to see it, literally, everywhere you go? There might be a non-hallucinogenic reason for that. Coffee is everywhere, from clothes to candy to alcoholic beverages. In a society increasingly enamored with the idea of sustainability – coffee has begun to pop up in the most interesting places that aren’t your reusable cup. Here are just four examples: A Good Vintage Coffee-infused wine is a concept that truly could have died on the vine, but the Modesto, CA-based Apothic Wines appears to be making it work. Last year, the winery introduced its coffee-infused red wine, boasting “fruity red

What does it take for a coffee shop or café startup to survive in a crowded marketplace? John Cheng, a part-time account manager at Orinoco Coffee & Tea, has a pretty good idea. Over the years he’s helped launch three different cafes in the Baltimore area. His latest endeavor – Aveley Farms Coffee Roasters – leans into the roasting side of the business, while still providing customers with a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy their brew. “We make good coffee and we know how to do it right,” John says. “And we casually educate the community that we serve.” Lessons to be learned

  Behind every cup of coffee is a story. Behind many stories, a struggle. Women make up almost half of the agricultural workforce worldwide, and nearly 43% in developing countries, according to this 2016 report from The State of Food and Agriculture. Coffee production, in particular, relies heavily on a female workforce. At the farm level, women laborers are largely responsible for collecting the coffee cherries, sorting the green coffee beans, overseeing the drying process, and so much more. Here, women’s struggles run the gamut, from severe income imbalances, a lack of representation, land control limitations, and – sadly – hazardous working conditions stemming from

Coffee is harvested at different times in different parts of the world. Producing regions that straddle the equator, such as Ecuador, can produce throughout much of the year. Arabica coffee grows in a narrow region of the tropics known as the Coffee Belt, which stretches from Central America to sub-Saharan Africa to Asia. There are a number of seasonality maps online, illustrating the various phases of coffee production, from harvesting to delivery. According to Orinoco expert Steve Izzo, those maps are approximations, at best. And that’s because occasionally, your favorite roast may not be available stateside when you have a hankering for a number

Portable coffee brewers are becoming a take-along staple for campers, beachgoers, backpackers, and more. You may be concerned that whipping up a nice espresso on the open trail could make you the subject of ridicule. Will your fellow travelers roll their eyes and make sarcastic comments about you “roughing it” or call you names like “Smokey the Barista?” It’s possible. But you know what? Let them laugh. We coffee lovers know how important a great-tasting, quality cup of java is to happiness – not to mention survival – and there’s absolutely no shame in attempting to take that satisfaction along with you during

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