Stumptown Coffee Plus Peet’s Coffee – Welcome To Peetstown

Today the Specialty coffee world is afire with the news about one of our own idols Stumptown Coffee being sold (again), this time to Peet’s Coffee. The reactions range from FU$KI%G SELLOUTS! to HELL YEAH CONGRATS!   I’m firmly in the congratulations camp. The people at Stumptown have operated at the highest level of awesomeness […]

Is Craft Coffee a Bloody Triangle or a Balanced Square?

Specialty Coffee is a Journey. A long, arduous journey of seeming contradictions, nonsensical actions and a keen focus on the triple bottom line. This is not a Specialty Coffee only value by any stretch, but it is intrinsically interwoven into the very fabric of what Specialty Coffee means. When we are asked to define Specialty […]

12 Tiny Steps To Make Your Daily Coffee a More Eco-Friendly Experience

Coffee is a crazy thing. It travels from the other side of the world through dozens and dozens of caring hands before landing in your yours. It is also a potentially environment crushing behemoth if you don’t think through your actions when you finally get to brew the nectar of life. I found this pretty […]

Should You Give The Customer What They Want?

There are two paths you can choose in a Specialty Coffee company (and basically any quality focused food/drink company) Give the customer what they think they want. Give the customer what you do best. My mantra my whole life has been to: Never give the customer what they want. Only give them what you do […]

Love In The Key of Coffee

A few weeks ago I waxed poetic about the amazing, world-changing people we were fortunate enough to work with at Barefoot Coffee. I had just returned from a trip to the Bay Area (te extra├▒o!) and realized it was the 11th anniversary of the founding of Barefoot Coffee. I cried a lot, mostly with joy; […]

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