Uker's 'All About Coffee' Turns 100

He was ready to return final proofs of his first book, All About Coffee, to the printer and the time had come to write his preface. As might befit a volume that had taken 17 years to research and write—the first serious American book on coffee to be published in 30 years, its author noted—Ukers used most of the preface to acknowledge more than 100 institutions and individuals for their assistance.

2 months ago

Juan Valdez: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Colombian Coffee Icon

Think you know the Colombian Coffee Icon, Juan Valdez? Here are 10 things about the infamous Juan Valdez, and his impact on the specialty coffee industry.

5 months ago

People at the Stomach of Huehuetenango Coffee

Although the history of coffee as a commercial crop in the region is, perhaps, only 100 years old, coffee as a garden crop used for local consumption and barter is much older and coffee drinking has long played an important role in the daily life of Mam people. Gift giving is deeply ingrained in Mam culture and a virtual requirement during even the most casual transactional encounter in order to keep things in balance.

5 months ago

100 Years Ago Today, W.H. Ukers Finished Writing All About Coffee

The pages of All About Coffee are filled with examples that give credence to the cliché, the more things change, the more they remain the same. Ukers also demonstrates that some ideas around what constitutes quality coffee and solid business practices have not evolved over the last 100 years so much as they temporarily devolved in the middle of the 20th century.

8 months ago

Instant Coffee - A Brief History

When Robert Falcon Scott set out for the arctic in 1901 he carried a version of instant coffee, a powdery extract that had to be stored in an airtight container...

9 months ago

The Journey of Green Coffee in Mexico

You can find Mexican coffee growing less than a day’s drive from the U.S. border in the tropical valleys of San Luis Potosi; though chances are you’ve never encountered coffee from this region...

10 months ago

Speaking of Coffee Prices - Thoughts for Roasters and Their Customers

Generally—and  way too simplistically—the demand for coffee doesn’t easily shift based on price alone. Most coffee drinkers will drink the same amount of coffee when prices are high as they do when prices are lower.

11 months ago

Words About Words About Coffee – 1722 to 1935

The evolution/expansion of taste descriptors—both formal evaluative words and the informal marketing words—is not purely a specialty coffee phenomenon. It’s been happening for a long time...

1 year ago