October 9, 2008 - The year has come and gone, but this year in particular holds a special significance. This month, in our final issue of "Under the Microscope", we discuss some of coffee's darker side - Coffee Adulteration.
August 20, 2008 - Dora Jaramillo slides off the top of a wooden box to reveal 36 numbered vials of "perfume." Each number in the kit corresponds to a different aroma commonly found in coffee, some positive (lemon and butter) and some not so positive (medicinal and rubber). These codified aromas are part of Jaramillo's professional infrastructure...
See LA Times article
June 17, 2008 - A new study has good news for coffee drinkers: Regular coffee drinking (up to 6 cups per day) is not associated with increased deaths in either men or women. In fact, both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee consumption is associated with a somewhat smaller rate of death from heart disease.
April 2, 2008 - Thanks to all who attended the Western Regional Barista Championship (WRBC) in Berkeley, CA this weekend. We had a number of excellent presentations, including a discussion on "Coffee: What Makes it Taste That Way" by Ken Davids. The infamous "Sensory Skills" exam was again presented by me to group of over 50 people. Thanks!!
March 1, 2008 - Okay so for all you who requested that we write a little on the science of roasting, make sure to check out our second article in Roast Magazine.
Trieste, Italy – Illycaffè's honorary president Ernesto Illy died yesterday at the age of 82. Throughout his career, Dr. Illy has openly shared his discoveries - not only to advance the interests of his own company, but for the benefit of all people who enjoy and appreciate the authentic Italian coffee experience.
September 4, 2007 - Coffee has always suffered from adulteration problems since the beginning of the coffee trade. Now researchers in Illinois are measuring residual vitamin E concentrations in coffee as a way to identify adulterated Brazilian coffee blends.
August 21, 2007 - This video developed by Coffee Brewing Institute in the 1950's illustrates the various forms of coffee preparations in the world - along with some basic information on coffee quality.
June 26, 2007 - These latest findings also suggest that the antioxidants present in coffee can also lower the risk of heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
June 10, 2007- Caffeinated creamer? Sounds redundant, well apparently not. Whitewave Foods, a subsidiary of Dean Foods will be releasing a caffeinated version of a coffee creamer.