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 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
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” so the lyrics say. Many would disagree noting the crass commercialism that seems to overpower the so-called season of “loving and giving.”
Posted 24 November 2016
As I begin writing this piece, it’s Election Day in the US—finally the end of a contentious presidential campaign that feels as though it lasted for several years.
Posted 10 November 2016
I’m in a bit of a tizzy, or perhaps out-of-sorts is more apropos. I’d like to say “distraught” but that might be a tad dramatic. Why? Because my favorite barista has left my coffeehouse.
Posted 27 October 2016
Spring has many meanings, one, associated with the season, signifies rebirth, that which is new. And while it may be nearing the end of September, with so much “newness” for Tea & Coffee Trade Journal, it feels like spring again!
Posted 26 September 2016
So much for summer being the leisurely time of year—Tea & Coffee Trade Journal has been going nonstop since May following its acquisition by Bell Publishing.
Posted 30 August 2016
At first glance, you’ve probably noticed that T&CTJ looks different, but maybe the difference is not obvious.
Posted 4 July 2016
It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself and Bell Publishing as the new owners of Tea & Coffee Trade Journal.
Posted 4 July 2016
I’m writing this column upon my recent return from the SCAA Symposium and Expo, and as I’m preparing to leave for our annual trade show, Tea & Coffee World Cup, which takes place in Kraków, Poland, May 10-12th.
Posted 6 May 2016