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Not Such a Winter Wonderland This Year…

I love wintertime — the cold and snow (but not the wind), wearing my ridiculously warm hat, boots, colourful scarves, and a coat that makes me look like an Eskimo or the Michelin woman, as well as the excuse to over use my French Press making coffee all day long.

Posted 19 January 2018

Coffee Fuels Fitness (Yeah!)

I am still in “holiday” mode (hence my holiday-themed headshot) because as I write this, Christmas decorations are still ubiquitous in my current – albeit temporary – suburban location.

Posted 5 January 2018

The Joy (and Key Tactic) of the Season Is…Sampling

Christmastime is my favourite time of year, and it has nothing to do with gifts. The chill in the air, the lights and decorations, the holiday pop-up stores, the many seasonal events, and of course, the food and festive beverages, I enjoy it all!

Posted 14 December 2017

Deferment Policy Creates Disappointment and Uncertainty

I was going to discuss aspects of Sintercafé (9-12 November), this week as I have just returned, but during the conference the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) released its long-awaited decision regarding the World Championships in Dubai in 2018.

Posted 15 November 2017

An Educating and Enlightening Experience in Brazil

I know in my previous blog I said I would discuss Host Milan in my next blog, but I’ll have to cover it another time as I must talk about my recent trip – my first – to Brazil.

Posted 2 November 2017

Coffee, Coffee and More Coffee!

I stopped eating pasta and cheese for several weeks – quite torturous – in preparation for over-indulging while in Italy for Host Milan.

Posted 24 October 2017

Celebrating Autumn

I am starting to write this column en route to New York from Singapore (trying to be productive during the 23-hour flight), which played host to this year’s Tea & Coffee World Cup.

Posted 5 October 2017

Tea’s Position and Potential Remain Strong

I do not usually drink iced tea. However, after walking into a quick casual restaurant the other day—another steamy, summer day—the imagery for the “Famous Iced Tea” was so appealing, I had to try a glass.

Posted 7 September 2017

Dunkin’ Without the Donuts

“Time to make the donuts!” When I learned that Dunkin’ Donuts is planning to drop “Donuts” from its name in a test, the phrase “Time to make the donuts!” immediately popped into my mind as it is from my favorite old Dunkin’ Donuts commercials.

Posted 15 August 2017

Is There an Equitable Solution?

Is there an equitable solution to raising coffee producers’ profitability? A few weeks ago, I attended the World Coffee Producers Forum in Medellin, Colombia (I recapped the event in my blog that week).

Posted 31 July 2017

Coffee Producers Have a “Forum” to Speak

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

Catching Buyers’ Eyes

It’s a good thing I attend only one Fancy Food Show per year — my waistline could not handle a second show!

Posted 29 June 2017