Martin Diedrich didn’t set out to fundamentally change the way people experience coffee. He didn’t expect to operate more than 500 coffee shops across six continents. He didn’t intend to be a recipient of a lifetime achievement award for his work in...
People outside of the specialty coffee community have developed the curious assumption that working as a barista is a dead-end job. That it’s a way to earn a little cash between college classes or ‘real’ jobs. That it’s not possible to or earn a...
Urnex is thrilled to announce this year’s team of coffee professionals participating in its Ambassador Program. In its fourth year, the Urnex Ambassador Program supports individuals who share a history of competing at the highest levels of...
The specialty coffee industry is a truly amazing community. It is full of passionate and talented individuals who are committed to achieving the highest standards of their craft, lifting up their peers across the coffee value chain, and providing...
The coffee scene in St. Louis in the 1990s was not worth writing home about. Demand for a quality cup of coffee was low, and supply matched it – there were only about a dozen specialty coffee shops in the city with about 360,000 residents. Each of...
This is the first feature in a new series from Urnex called Industry Icons, in which we will spotlight individuals who have made a significant and positive contribution to the specialty coffee industry. We are proud to call these Industry Icons...
For anyone who’s not a sommelier, the simple act of ordering a glass of wine can be overwhelming. We’ve all been that person paging through the bar menu for a third or fourth time, trying to dissect the difference between Pinot Noir and Gamay, when...
Photo credit: Jeff Hann, World Coffee Events  A glass ceiling in the world of coffee competition has been shattered, as Agnieszka Rojewska of Poland became the first woman in history to win the World Barista Championship.
We don’t always think about how much work it takes to produce coffee. We conceptually understand that coffee is grown in some foreign, tropical land at the beginning of the seed-to-cup process. But that takes place far from where the coffee is...

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