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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

Beauty and Business in Budapest

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

Move Over Millennials, Here Comes Gen Z

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

Taking charge of the situation

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

Challenges abound for coffee but progress continues

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

Not the friendly skies

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

Women require a seat at the table

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

Celebrating 300 years of family tradition

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

Interest in “functionality” remains high

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

Expanding tea-usage occasions

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

Apparently, the customer Isn’t always right…

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

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