The history of this infamous drink begins in County Clare, Ireland, where a young restaurateur named Joe Sheridan served up the first Irish coffee. “That’s where it all started,” said Michael Carden, General Manager of the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco.
Carden, an authority on the Irish drink, has been managing the legendary Buena Vista for several years and says... Read More
Want to grab a quick cup of coffee and find out if you’re really your baby’s daddy? Following the ever-popular business model of diversification, a coffee shop in Camden, NJ is your one-stop-shop for both of these necessities. Just order your coffee and DNA test and while they’re frothing the milk, the barista will swab your mouth and send the sample off for testing. Planning to add pre-employment drug testing to the menu shortly, my only hope is that they don’t confuse your “sample” with your coffee. And hey, since they aren’t worried about sterilization or cross-contamination, why should you be?
By Sarah Ferguson - The Gaggia Syncrony Digital has been a staple in the super automatic industry for over 4 years. The reason for its success is simple: it’s a straightforward, easy-to-use machine that has the right combination of features and produces great espresso. Its ongoing popularity and consistent performance have allowed the Syncrony to remain unchanged since its introduction, simply proving that when you get something right the first time, there’s no reason to change it.
Like all other super automatics, the Syncrony will grind whole beans, tamp the grounds, and brew delectable espresso. But this espresso machine also gives the user control over just about every part of that process. On the right side of the machine, below the 10.6 oz bean hopper, you’ll find an 8-setting lever that allows you to select the fineness of the grinds the grinder produces, allowing you to brew everything from the perfect shot of espresso to a robust café crema. An additional lever on the right side of the machine (on the brew group access door) gives you the ability to change the strength of your brew by adjusting the amount of ground coffee that’s used in a single brewing cycle between 6 and 9 grams. But if you’re in the mood for something different, you also have the option ... Read More
"With all of this control at your fingertips, the possibilities are endless."
By Nicole Jones - Six months after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc along the Gulf Coast, the Port of New Orleans is once again fully operational. Warehouses along the New Orleans riverfront are brimming with coffee as longshoreman have been working diligently - hauling coffee from cargo ships ashore.
For generations, the Port of New Orleans has been a hub for American coffee traders. Last year, more than 505 million pounds of coffee was exchanged in the Crescent City, making it the nation’s second largest coffee port. The Port of New Orleans had held the top-spot until 2003, when it lost its title to the Port of New York.
"We’ve always been neck and neck with New York," according to Chris Bonura, a spokesman for the Port of New Orleans. "But now we’re operating under different circumstances," he said referring to the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused last year.
Bonura said as a whole, the Port of New Orleans lost about a third of its facilities after Katrina, but the 14 warehouses that stored coffee beans remained relatively undisturbed. And the silocaf, a processing plant located on port property and used by many coffee traders and roasters was operational within a month of Katrina.
The silocaf Bonura is referring to was a grain silo that was about to be torn down some ten years ago ... Read More
"We’ve always been neck and neck with New York...but now we’re operating under different circumstances."
By Adam Dean -
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