This week I attended the inaugural World Coffee Producers Forum in Medellín, Colombia. The conference, which took place 10-12 July, was conceived by coffee associations and organisations from producing countries around the world and organised and hosted by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC).
Posted 14 July 2017
I choose events to attend by organisation, content offered and participants—not by location. But I must admit, the Specialty Coffee Association’s (SCA) selected city for its World of Coffee 2017, has long been on my “travel bucket list.”
Posted 16 June 2017
Perhaps the most over-used word in today’s lexicon is “millennials.” But now, a new group is emerging—Generation Z—and their influence and spending power is growing.
Posted 1 June 2017
Caffeine is back in the news—and not for the right reasons. A 16-year old high school student from South Carolina recently died from an accidental caffeine overdose, more accurately, a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia, according to the medical examiner.
Posted 18 May 2017
At the conclusion of every SCAA Expo I’ve attended since joining T&CTJ, I always have the same thought, “I need more time.” I continually feel there are more booths I need to visit, people to see and of course, coffee to taste.
Posted 4 May 2017
United Airlines’ appalling behavior towards passengers–its customers–is not “new news” but because its latest atrocities happened in between two of my recent trips, they’re still top of mind with me.
Posted 19 April 2017
The International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) held their annual luncheon on March 25th during the NCA Convention in Austin, Texas.
Posted 31 March 2017
Given its purported health benefits, I have been trying to find ways to incorporate green tea into my diet (I’m not a fan of its grassy taste), and I think I may have finally found the perfect way—matcha latte martinis!
Posted 21 March 2017
I recently attended the ERCM Coffee, Tea & Cocoa EPPS in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I was a presenter and moderated a panel discussion. The two-day conference featured pre-scheduled 20- and/or 10-minute meetings in which suppliers of coffee, tea and cocoa had the opportunity to present new items and promotional opportunities to buyers across a variety of retail channels.
Posted 2 March 2017
We New Yorkers like our seasons—yes, even winter. We embrace the cold and snow (as long as it’s not excessive, then we will complain) and the winter-related activities. Recently, Central Park held its annual ice sculpting festival and the snowstorm a couple of days prior (in which NYC received 8-10 inches) made for quite a picturesque ambiance.
Posted 21 February 2017
I do not typically drink flavored coffees; the flavors of the terroir are usually enough for me. However, I admit that, particularly in the cold-weather months, I often like an espresso-blended beverage–of the mocha variety–as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Posted 31 January 2017
It is with sincere sadness that I report the sudden passing of Frederick (Fred) A. Lockwood, Tea & Coffee Trade Journal’s former long-time publisher, who died on January 17, 2017.
Posted 19 January 2017
It’s the new year and yet some things never change—I’m still a glutton for punishment! Once again, I decided to make New Year’s Resolutions.
Posted 5 January 2017
I have loved the aroma and taste of coffee for as long as I can remember. Even as a young child I recall looking forward to the sounds of my parents’ coffeemaker brewing and the aroma of Chock full o’Nuts wafting up the stairs each morning.
Posted 22 December 2016
I know I touched upon this in an earlier blog, but it bears repeating. My biggest pet peeve—bar none—is poor customer service. Whether it is on an airplane, dealing with a communications or utility CSR over the phone, in retail store, and of course, in a café or restaurant; I have no patience for mediocre customer service.
Posted 8 December 2016