Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

      Well, it's here. The SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) has redesigned their Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel. The old wheel had one wheel for good tastes, and one wheel for defects. This combines them, acknowledging that sometimes good coffees have negative traits and vice … [Read more...]

On the State of Specialty Coffee: 2014 Coffee Hipster Edition

Last weekend Ma Langer and I went to Seattle for the annual SCAA Expo. We go to attend classes and lectures, watch competitions, look at new products, network, etc. I enjoy the people-watching. There are three main groups of coffee industry worker in attendance at the SCAA: suit-wearing corporate types (importers, equipment manufacturers, and the like; this group skews older);  farmers and co-op … [Read more...]