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Watch out for Marcus Parkansky. He may be coming for you, quite literally, in a new coffee truck that’s soon to be roaming the streets of Minneapolis. But mostly watch out for him as an upwardly mobile force in the upper Midwest’s specialty coffee world. Parkansky, who’s new business is called Misfit Coffee Co., has been working as a barista since the […]

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Blue Bottle Coffee is shedding its wholesale business as it prepares to ramp up its own retail and in-home division operations. Founder James Freeman made the announcement on the company’s blog yesterday, saying the decision is difficult in that ends some long-running partnerships with loyal wholesale clients, and counterintuitive in that it cuts out a significant revenue stream. However, Freeman […]

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Sex, coffee, rock & roll, and equity-based crowd funding. Grind, a four-year-old, coffee chain based in London, is seeking at least €750,000 ($842,000 USD) in a public fundraising effort to develop its own roastery and open new retail outlets throughout London and possibly abroad. Not to be confused with London roaster/retailer Grind Coffee, this Grind was founded in 2011 by business partners David Abrahamovitch and Melbourne-raised Kaz […]

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Braxton Brewing Co., a Cincinnati-area micro brewery named after the street on which the company had its modest beginnings in a garage, is preparing to launch what it’s calling “The Taproom of the Future.” The exciting news is, if this is indeed the future of taprooms, the future looks bright for coffee. The Braxton team is partnering with Carabello Coffee, also […]

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Along the banks of the Missouri River on the far eastern side of Nebraska along its border with Iowa, the City of Omaha has a surprisingly rich history of innovation since its founding in 1854. You can thank it for things like Raisin Bran, cake mix, the ski lift, the “Top 40” radio format, and even the reuben sandwich. Although New […]

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It never ceases to amaze me the number of people I encounter who drink coffee on a daily basis, sometimes lots and lots of coffee, and yet have almost no understanding of the concept of a coffee’s roast and its impact on flavor. What amazes me more is how this has been allowed to continue. Fact is, the impact of roast […]

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Berkeley, Calif.-based Artís Coffee is celebrating the grant opening of its second U.S. retail store, in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, on Saturday, May 16. The San Francisco store occupies a significantly smaller space than the flagship Berkeley store, which opened in late 2013, although it still allows for what Artís calls the “Live Roast Experience.” In a nutshell, that experience […]

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Whole Foods Market and its coffee brand, Allegro Coffee, are teaming up in Brooklyn for brunch this Saturday, May 16, that will involve pairings  of single-origin coffees with sweet and savory brunchy bits. Being led by Allegro Coffee’s sourcing director Darrin Daniel and Whole Foods Chef Dan Rothman, the brunch is a marketing collaboration designed to promote the Gowanus, Brooklyn, market’s […]

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