Chad Wang, 2017 World Brewers Cup Champion In the world of specialty coffee, some coffees are more special than others. With the industry expanding and gaining interest, it seems that more consumers are eager to taste something different from the...
Most people don’t get into the coffee business for the big bucks. And many who wind up working in a coffee shop don’t expect the job to last for long. But those who find themselves ingrained in the coffee community stay because of the uncontainable...
Urnex is proud to announce the hiring of Damian Marshall as its new Product Development Specialist. Damian has a strong background in engineering, innovation and technology and has worked with a wide range of coffee machine manufacturers. He will be...
A little drink with a big reputation, espresso is a beverage that’s often misunderstood. On the surface, it’s a familiar entity in culture – the shot of golden brown liquid served in a dainty cup has long signified a sense of sophistication in...
Photo by Alana Dimou At first glance, it might appear that selecting an exceptional coffee from an exotic origin is all it takes to brew a good cup of coffee. But the process of transforming a simple bean into a delicious coffee beverage is a...
Steven Moloney, 2016 and 2017 Swedish Barista Champion. With the World Barista Championship less than two months away, the three national barista from Sweden, Finland and Norway gathered in Gothenburg, Sweden for the Nordic Showcase to prepare for...
Monogram Coffee is a café that is punching well above its weight. The two-year old company has just two locations and sells a relatively small amount - 25,000 pounds of coffee per year. But its reputation as a top coffee spot has grown well beyond...
At a top-notch restaurant, a chef will plate his or her dish to show the guest not only that they have the proper skills to prepare their food, but also to show their genuine pride and care in creating an enjoyable dining experience.
Urnex is excited to announce the latest group of 12 coffee champions participating in the Urnex Ambassador Program. In its third year, the program recognizes and supports the talents and technical expertise of baristas from all around the world.
The first Kobrick Coffee retail shop, which opened in Chelsea last year, was established 96 years after the company's founding in 1920. New York wouldn’t be the city that never sleeps without at least a few shops serving up great cups of coffee. But...
There are fewer culinary duos more dynamic than coffee and milk. The balancing of flavors, the added nutritional benefit, or even the entrancing visual of coffee and milk blending together should be enough to convince any skeptic of the coffee-milk...
A grinder is one of the most important pieces of equipment in brewing a great cup of coffee. A coffee’s distinct flavor notes are brought to life when the beans are ground as precisely and evenly as possible. And the way a coffee grinder is operated...
Plenty of specialty coffee shops and roasters claim to have to the best cold brew out there. But America’s Best Cold Brew Competition at Coffee Fest Chicago aimed to settle the debate once and for all.
Barista Panel from left to right: Sam Lewontin, Kyle Ramage, Jenna Gotthelf, Lorenzo Perkins, Anna Gutierrez, Michael McCauley, Brent Hall The Barista Nation panel discussed barista competition rule changes, the merits of Panama Geisha, and why...
Urnex Ramps Up U.S. Sales Team with Specialty Coffee Superstars
Urnex at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo: Cold Brew is Here to Stay The 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo commenced last weekend in Seattle, and one thing was made clear: the cold brew trend is here to stay.
You just woke up on a cozy Sunday morning.  You're craving a freshly brewed hot latte but you don't feel like getting dressed and venturing out to the cafe. You ask yourself WWACLD (what would a coffee lover do?!)  If this scenario sounds all too...
  Coffee is a remarkably complex substance. It can consist of over 800 different flavors and aroma-imparting elements. To put that in perspective, wine has only 200. One factor that plays a significant role in determining how a cup of coffee tastes...
Dana, a young marketing professional, just spent the weekend moving. It’s Monday morning, her alarm goes off… she hits snooze. 10 minutes later, the alarm goes off again, but this time she lunges and misses the snooze button… so now she has to get...
Coffee is arguably the most popular and beloved brewed beverage across the globe. In the U.S. alone, 83 percent of adults drink at least one cup of coffee each day, with some drinking as many as five cups. On average, Americans consume 587 million...
Espresso, Macchiato, Cappuccino and Latte... "what are these foreign words?"... you ask your tea-drinking self? Have no fear, Urnex is here!
Let’s face it. Coffee is important to you. You savor that cup of good morning coffee. Good taste and quality is critical; there’s really nothing worse than taking that first sip and it not tasting as you expected. But you’ve had trouble replicating...
Ahh- that first precious cup of coffee in the morning… it can make or break the start of your day. MAKE IT if it meets your expectations of taste and temperature, BREAK IT if it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, many of us feel a sense of helplessness;...
For many of us, coffee plays an integral role in our lives; it can be a source of energy, comfort, pleasure, even happiness and peace of mind. If our coffee is to fulfill its role in our lives to its full potential, if it is to reach optimal levels...
  Your coffee machine is something of a modern miracle. With just a few scoops of coffee grounds, some water and the push of a button, you’re reveling in a cup (or four) of fresh, hot coffee in minutes. Without this indispensable kitchen staple,...
Last year as part of an overall strategy to contribute more to specialty coffee, we set out to build relationships with the artisans of the community – the baristas themselves. Not knowing what to specifically expect we hoped to gain insight into...
The six 2016 World Barista Championship finalists have been announced. We are proud and humbled that all six finalists are Urnex Ambassadors. Congratulations to:  Lex Wenneker(The Netherlands), Charlotte Malaval(France), Lem Butler (USA), Yoshi...
Today, Urnex Brands, LLC announced that its Clearly Coffee™ ¼ oz packets will now be manufactured in 100% post-consumer packaging. This exciting change is part of Urnex Brands continued commitment to remain environmentally conscious and adapt to...
While the world is gearing up for the Olympics in Rio this summer, the coffee world is eagerly awaiting its ‘Olympics” for baristas – the World Barista Championship next week in Dublin. If you’ve never heard of this, and don’t know what a barista...
This is the third and final in a series about our Urnex Ambassadors. Last week, we shared some common experiences and influences of Julieta Vazquez (Mexico) Yoshi Iwase (Japan), Ben Put (Canada) and Mat Theis (Switzerland). Four more ambassadors,...
Last week we shared some fun facts about four of our 2016 Ambassadors, Leo Moco Ribeiro (Brazil) and Lex Wenneker (Netherlands), Aga Rojewska (Poland) and Nisan Agca (Turkey).  Each has a unique story to tell, but the common denominator among them...
Last week, we announced the kickoff of our second annual Urnex Barista Ambassador Program, a partnership that celebrates and actively supports national barista champions from around the globe. This year’s 12 ambassadors will be working closely with...
Based on the success in the inaugural year of the Urnex Barista Ambassador Program, Urnex Brands, LLC announces its relationship with the 12 national barista champions who will participate this year. These 12 ambassadors are each national title...
  As the headline announces, Urnex turns 80 this year! While I haven’t been around 80 years, the Urnex business has been a part of my family from the beginning.  For those that don’t know, Urnex was founded by my great-grandfather as the Royal Urn...
Today, Urnex Brands, LLC welcomes Andrew Towle as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Andrew will assume day-to-day leadership of the company as Joshua Dick becomes Chairman of the Board. Andrew joins Urnex after extensive experience in...
Almost 2 weeks ago, a group of us set off for Costa Rica – a trip to origin. This trip was meant to deepen our understanding of the coffee supply chain and the role Urnex plays within it. It did just that…and much more.
As we continue to remain environmentally conscious and adapt to market changes, we are excited to share that our Original Urn and Brewer Cleaner will now be manufactured in 100% post-consumer packaging!
The Urnex team of 12 is back from a life-changing 4 days in Costa Rica. Not only did we become closer as an organization, but we also gained a fuller view of the specialty coffee industry – an industry that is so important to us and our business.
From January 10 -14, the Urnex Senior Leadership Team will be traveling to Costa Rica. It is not to explore a new surf camp or relax at the latest posh beach hotel. The truth is, we will be learning about agriculture, business, passion, and coffee...
On your mark, get set, throw down! Each month, dozens of professional baristas commune at a coffee bar to participate in a single-elimination latte art tournament. Being a spectator sport, live images of latte art are projected onto a wall...
Preparing for the holidays is all consuming – a labor of love is still labor. Getting things prepared ahead of time is the only way to make it through without a snag. Coffee can present some unique serving challenges especially when it comes to...
November 23, 2015 (Elmsford, NY) -- Today, Urnex Brands, LLC welcomes Rob Puleio to the team as National Sales Manager, Multi-Unit Food Service. Rob joins Urnex from Atalanta Corporation where he served as National Account Manager covering the US....
Urnex Brands, LLC welcomes Allison Raber to the team as Specialty Coffee Sales Manager. Ally joins Urnex from Lamill Coffee where she initially supported the business as Operations Manager and later as Account Executive. Ally previously worked at...
September 29, 2015 (Elmsford, NY) -- Today, Urnex Brands, LLC welcomes Bernhard Kuenzler to the team as Asian Business Manager. Bernhard joins Urnex from Eversys SA where he oversaw Customer Service and Product Management as CCSO. Prior to this,...
One of our core values here at Urnex Brands is to eliminate waste. Waste comes in many forms – there is wasted effort, wasted materials, and we especially hate wasted time. This was the primary reason for redesigning the packaging of our Full Circle...
Urnex Brands, LLC is proud to announce two new ambassadors in advance of the upcoming barista competitions taking place at the Nordic World of Coffee Event in Gothenburg.
Urnex is Hiring! We have a number of open positions to fill and welcome inquiries. Key open positions include: 
April 16, 2015 (Elmsford, NY) -- Today, Urnex Brands, LLC congratulates the nine baristas selected as Urnex Global Ambassadors for the 2015 World Barista Championship. We are thrilled that four of the six competitors in the final round represented...
Meet Sasa Sestic, Australian National Barista Champion representing ONA Coffee. We are thrilled that Sasa will be among the selected group of previously announced Urnex Ambassadors.
Meet Berg Wu, Taiwan National Barista Champion and founder of Simple Kaffa and Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, UK National Barista Champion and founder of Colonna and Small's.
Meet Soren Stiller, Danish National Barista Champion and Founder Great Coffee and Meet Julieta Vazquez Rivera, Mexican National Barista Champion and Founder Arandela Barra de Café......
Meet Yoshikazu Iwase, Japanese National Barista Champion, founder of REC COFFEE
Meet Lex Wenneker, Holland National Barista Champion representing Headfirst Coffee Roasters...
Meet Charlotte Malaval, French National Barista Champion..........
Meet Benjamin Put, Canadian National Barista Champion and founder of Monogram Coffee.....
Today, Urnex Brands, Inc. announced the names of eight baristas who have been selected as Urnex Global Ambassadors. The Ambassadors, who are each national champions, will represent their countries at the World Barista Championships in Seattle this...
Today, Urnex Brands, Inc. announced the launch of an exciting, grassroots incubator program for Global Barista Champions. The program is designed to recognize and support the talents and technical expertise of selected national champion baristas...
February 5, 2015 (Elmsford, NY) -- Today, Urnex Brands, Inc. announces it is partnering with Sprudge.com and Sprudgelive.com throughout the 2015 global barista competition season, providing coverage support at the following Barista Championships:
Urnex Brands, Inc. welcomes Marco Ferro to the team as European Business Manager.
  Thanks to one of our favorite latte artists, Michael Breach for sharing this great work! This week the world celebrated International Coffee Day on September 29th. In follow-up, we wanted to express how much we enjoy being a part of the coffee...
We wanted to share an interview with our President and CEO Josh Dick, who talked a bit about Urnex at the World of Coffee SCAE event in Rimini, Italy in June. This interview was filmed by Coffee T&I Magazine: "At Urnex, we think about ourselves as...
Ten days ago we arrived in Boston for the 25th annual Specialty Coffee Association of America. It was a time to see old friends, meet new ones, and learn about everything going on in the fast changing world of coffee. We had the thrill of seeing...
Dublin city on a typical Irish summer day and I decide to get out of the rain for a while. I bolt into my favourite place and plonk myself onto a high stool. “Your usual?” I am greeted by a friendly face. And so begins my time of waiting for this...
Last week we took the opportunity to go into Manhattan and explore the vibrant coffee scene of the city. On a rainy New York day we coffee-crawled around NYC’s Lower East Side and reminded ourselves of the delightful world of coffee we are a part...
It is easy to identify mold growing on bread or when fruit is rotten. Dairy products have expiration dates printed on the packaging to let us know when they are no longer safe to eat. But how do you know when your beloved coffee -- arguably the most...
Vinegar is an incredibly versatile product and has become a household staple as it is cheap, widely available, and can be used for just about anything. One misconception about vinegar is that it is a good way to clean and descale coffee machines....
Being in the coffee industry, I often give coffee related gifts. One of my favorites is my own personally assembled kit for making fantastic coffee at home. The beauty of this gift is that you can make it more or less expensive depending on how many...
Holidays are coming! What are you going to do to make sure you serve the best coffee to your guests?
Thanksgiving and coffee. This great US holiday and a beautiful warm beverage seem to fit perfectly. Coffee is the foundation for conversation and a staple with dessert.
This has been a rough past week for those of us who live in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts and sympathies go out to all those who are still struggling to rebuild.
  The past two days, the Urnex Marketing team conducted its first grass roots marketing event. We spent time in our local community engaging and conversing with coffee enthusiasts about making coffee at home. I thought it would be interesting to...
Coffee secrets or idiosyncrasies? Here are some pretty unique things we've heard people do to create just the right brew. Feel free to try them out and let us know what you think.
You might be surprised to learn that when you come to work at Urnex Brands, you're signing up to learn A LOT about coffee. While some might think we are 'cleaner guys' living on the periphery of the coffee industry, that is not how we think of our...
Back in July we blogged about the importance of fresh ground coffee if you're brewing traditional drip coffee at home. Today, I'd like to give you a little something to consider when it comes to deciding on a pod/capsule machine. There is a huge...
Observations from California Last week, I was traveling around California, a land where great wine and coffee coexist. It's all really good here. While high quality options exist for both beverages, I'm struck by the pricing differences. Menus...
Copenhagen and the Nordic Barista Cup I just returned from Copenhagen where I had the chance to attend the Nordic Barista Cup ("NBC"). If you had a chance to try any of the amazing coffees the competitors from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and...
  We took a few hours last week to visit Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a farm dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable food system and educating the public about the importance of a food’s source. The 80-acre center provides fresh...
Do Convenience Stores Offer a Great Brew? The convenience store is an amazingly convenient place. Where else can you buy gasoline, flashlights, candy bars and coffee anytime of day? We don't often expect to get a great coffee at a convenience store...
Ethiopian beans deliver a magical blueberry taste. While cleaning coffee machines doesn't make us tasting experts, I can share a fun way to have an entirely new coffee experience. Go out and buy a natural*, single origin African coffee. This will be...
  A Question I Am Often Asked – "What Machine Should I Buy to Make Great Coffee at Home?" Being in the coffee cleaner business we are often asked: "What machine should I buy for home. . . " If that isn't a complicated question given all the friends...
I grew up watching the New York City coffee world from the perspective of the Urnex family business that made and sold coffee urn cleaner and cloth filters to all the local players. For decades, each roaster served a different part of the NYC...
Everytime I attend the World Barista Competition I am amazed at the enthusiasm, skill, energy, and camaraderie displayed by the competitor baristas. They come from 50+ countries with their own languages, cultures, and styles. By the end of the 4...
Being in the business of making cleaning products for coffee machines isn’t always the sexiest thing one can imagine. At the same time, there is the benefit and thrill to being an essential part of a dynamic, passionate, and energized coffee...

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