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Latte Art Fundraiser for Coffee Kids

Hiroshi, a world latte art champion, will demonstrate his coffee art at the following California locations from 12/16-19. Tips/proceeds from the sales of his drinks will go directly to Coffee Kids. •12/15  Kali’s Café @ Clif Bar, 1415 66th Street, Emeryville (private event) •12/16 9-11 AM & 2-4PM @Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia St, San Francisco […]

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The Man Who Wrote the Book on Latte Art

I met coffee ambassador Hiroshi Sawada last fall in Shibuya last fall. Hiroshi introduced latte art to people around the world with his book “Free Pour Latte Art Handbook.” I’d gone to Japan to photograph cafés including his own—Streamer Coffee—which he let me shoot without hesitation. (This kind of reception is unusual in Japan, where […]

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Time for a Coffee Break

I’m breaking out of context for a moment here to consider something very important to me: Japan.  All my relatives live there. Fortunately they are okay, but many of their neighbors—now homeless, orphaned, robbed of loved ones and all possessions—are in desperate need of help.  While the worst of it appears to have passed, the […]

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The Women of Chajul

The second Coffee Kids project we visited was in Chajul, located in the Ixil triangle. To get there, we drove five hours from Antigua till the pavement ended and another two hours on dirt roads. Chajul is still battered from the thirty-year civil war which devastated its indigenous community. Non-profit organizations have responded by contributing […]

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Anabella and Her Coffee Kids Projects – ADESPA

This is Anabella.  She runs her family’s farm Finca Santa Felice in Acatenengo.  She coordinates the Coffee Kids project (ADESPA) that serves the area around her plantation. Today she celebrated her birthday with the kids at the community center and then drove us an hour to Antigua.  Her dog came along too because Anabella wanted […]

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Certification…For The Birds!

First stop in Guatemala was Finca Nueva Armenia, owned by the Recinos twins, a farm certified as bird friendly by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). So what’s bird friendly? Basically it’s a farm that puts the birds interest in mind, and has a number of wonderful residual benefits. First, it’s organic; no fertilizers. Coffee […]

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Out of the Box Berkeley

Out of the Box was a two-day coffee event for professionals and enthusiasts to check out the latest at La Marzocco.  Participants got to see the company’s current product line, find out about new technologies in portafilter baskets and grinders, and learn how to maintain their machines.  Top local roasters including Verve, Ecco, and Four […]

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Getting Ready For Guatemala

At the end of the month I head to Guatemala to volunteer with Coffee Kids and the Migratory Bird Institute. On this trip, which is sponsored by Patagonia, I’ll divide my time between the Recinos Farm in Huehuetenago, a “bird-friendly” certified plantation and Coffee Kids’ projects which support developing communities through education and micro-loans. I […]

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So here goes…

This blog is my attempt to justify my coffee obsession to my friends, colleagues, fellow riders and any visitors who may stumble across this website.  I hope you find it interesting and learn something new about the world’s favorite drink. Enjoy. I want to thank my sister for her precise editorial skills.  She is a […]

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