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First Coffee Experiences and the Third Wave

First Coffee Experiences and the Third Wave

Introduction I’m 3 years old, at my grandparent’s house. We lived with them until I was 6; a common practice to let grandma chase after me while my mom and dad worked taking care of the family grocery store. I was a hyper curious kid. They tell me I was always lurking and watching, two huge dark brown eyes, on an disproportionately huge head on my tiny chubby body, staring in silence. Observing.. Watching… learning..and plotting. Today’s target was the kitchen table. It was yellow formica, speckled with tiny black, sandy grains, and framed in silver chrome, accented lightly with...

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Consumer Coffee, it's History and the Rise of Specialty Coffee

Consumer Coffee, it's History and the Rise of Specialty Coffee

Coffee Tides: The four waves of Coffee defined First wave of coffee The first wave of coffee describes the post war boom in the consumption of brewed/drip coffee. Coffee was part of breakfast, lunch and dinner and as such reached levels of consumption that are higher than per capita consumption even today. Second wave of coffee Second wave could be aptly described as the Starbucks era, when North America was formally introduced to Italian espressos and cappuccinos. Soon other espresso based drinks like lattes, mochas, americanos, and the infamous caramel Macchiato also became part of the North American consumer lexicon,...

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Learning how to Roast Coffee

Learning how to Roast Coffee

Q: I am interested in learning the art of coffee roasting. Do you offer classes? Yes, we do! Follow this link to the course description and upcoming schedule.  

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3 days before TED2017

3 days before TED2017

3 days before Ted. Friday, 6:32 pm. A long day but a good one. The first floor of the Vancouver Convention Center is a hive of activity. Our job today was relatively simple: Get two espresso stations running and test everything by making coffee. Mission accomplished! Tomorrow 3 more stations to set up, but first they have to be built as there are partnered with some significant corporate sponsors. It's a little scary as there isn't much time, and the espresso technicians are anxious to join the festivities of the SCA Expo in Seattle this week. Speaking of which, I...

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Artisan Coffee fuels the Future You at TED2017

Artisan Coffee fuels the Future You at TED2017

By now I would be enroute to the SCA Expo, instead I find myself immersed in the inspiring whirlpool of the TED2017 conference. It is the week before the 2017 Ted talks begin at the Vancouver Convention Center and several Vancouver based coffee companies along with the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy have banded together in a collective effort to fuel the intellectual synergy emanating at the shores of Burrard inlet. The lobby is being transformed into one giant coffee house. A Cafe Collective for the new Millennium so to speak, with some of the most insightful minds on the planet assembling...

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