Welcome To This Weeks SUNDAY Coffee +: Coffee News That Made The Headlines
Coffee is one of the most interesting of all the craft beverage industries. With each sip of your morning brew, you’re participating in the last step of a very intricate process that started on a coffee farm thousands of miles away. Whether it was Brazil, Guatemala or Kona, this labor intensive industry helps us begin each day with a moment of bliss.
To help bridge the gap between your coffee cup and the hands that picked the bean, we compile the top headlines for coffee news from around the world and highlight them in one convenient post. News headlines about industry growth, new business, job openings, profiles and human interest make the list from week to week. We want to make SUNDAY Coffee+ a part of your Sunday morning coffee experience. Want Sunday Coffee+ delivered via email each weekend? Sign Up Here.
Crazy for Coffee: For this Lakeland Family, Roasting Beans Just Right Is A High Art, by Kyle Kennedy – The Ledger
Can you have a premium roasting business right in your own back yard? Well, in Polk County, Florida, 66-year-old George Austin has done just that.
Working from an aluminum shed, he pours green coffee beans into his bright red roaster until they reach their rich brown hue. Interestingly enough, George was not a coffee drinker for most of his life. It was not until he took a part time job at a local coffee house and began to learn the science of the roasting process that he fell in love with coffee.
A coffee roasting hobby, with just a popcorn popper on the stove, developed into an industrial roaster and a full time roasting business.
What Your Coffee Order Says About Your Style, by Lauren Fisher – BAZZAR
Your go-to coffee order says a lot about your personal style. BAZAAR teams up with Instagram’s @CoffeenClothes and takes a look at coffee and fashion. Find your coffee in the list below and see if the fashion matches your own.
- Black Coffee – The Minimalist
- Latte – The Cool Classic
- Espresso – The Downtown Girl
- Iced Coffee – The Trendsetter
- Cappuccino – The Classic
The Spot: Old City Coffee, by Danya Henninger – philly.com
Thirty years ago the only place you could find a cup of coffee in Philadelphia was a diner or automat. It wasn’t until Old City Coffee opened in 1985, that you could order a cup of coffee roasted right on the spot it was served.
Having a cafe that focused on coffee instead of diner food was practically unheard of. Working with a small-batch coffee roaster, Ruth Isaac built a coffee dream that has lasted for three decades. Starting with seed money from family, and a coffee roaster (with no handbook), she chose an old industrial building. But with a lot of elbow grease and determination, Old City Coffee became the coffee meca for Church Street in Old City Philly.
This article is a great interview with Ruth and now husband Jack Treatman, who had met Ruth while frequenting the coffee house as a customer.
Making a Business of Premium Coffee for Premium Social Impact, by Jessica Pothering – Enrepreneur
KZ Noir Ltd. is a coffee company with a strategy to bring Rwandan coffee producers out of bankruptcy to both financial and social success. KZ Noir employ’s more than 1200 workers and purchases coffee from more than 10,000 small farms across Rwanda. So they are able to have a direct impact in Rwandas coffee industry and are taking that responsibility seriously.
Historically Rwanda’s coffee reputation has been known for its inefficiency and poorly managed farms but a new emphasis on sustainability and “Fair Trade” has improved its global influence. Today the demand for Rwandan coffee beans surpasses supply and they are attracting premium prices from buyers.
This new business strategy has attracted “impact investors” who identify with the delicate coffee market, extending loans and assisting with with debt management. This allows KZ Noir the liberty to expand its social mission into other African markets, such as Nigeria.
The company was designed to be a conduit for social impact. What’s next is how to do that higher up in the value chain.
Armed Thieves Steal Top-Grad Coffee From Mill in Nyeri, Kenya, by Nick Brown – Daily Coffee News
Men with guns and machetes rushed security officers at the Gititu Coffee Factory in Tetu, Kenya and stole over 120 bags of top-grade parchment coffee. The facility is an affiliate of Aguthi Farmers Co-operative Society. The premium coffee of the region is highly prized by roasters in both America and Europe. This is just one of several events that illustrates the instability of the the region.
The county government has promised to create a special police squad, the anti-coffee theft unit, specifically for crimes such as this one.
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