¡Vamos A Barca! The Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival Returns This Month

By 3FE, anne lunell, April Coffee Roasters, Barcelona, colin harmon, events, independent barcelona coffee festival, koppi coffee, Manuela Fensore, Patrik Rolf, spain, Utopia 126, Wire

The Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival is coming back! Taking place October 31st through November 2nd at Utopia 126, the IBCF returns for its fourth year, where it will build upon the festivities of the previous iterations for the biggest festival yet.

Intended for all levels of coffee experience, from seasoned barista to specialty noob, professional roaster to home novice, the IBCF has a little something for everyone. You could show up and drink all the wonderful coffee available from the handful of local and national coffee companies that will be in attendance. Or, if you’re really looking to grab the coffee toro by the cuernos, the IBCF has literal days full of interesting talks from leaders in the international coffee community. You can learn v60 Insights with Anne Lunell of Koppi Coffee or Setting Up a Roastery from 2019 World Brewers Cup Runner-Up, April Coffee Roasters’ Patrik Rolf. You can hear about “What I Know About Running Coffee Shops” with 3fe’s Colin Harmon or even up your latte art game with 2019 World Latte Art Champion Manuela Fensore.

Tickets for the IBCF come in one of two varieties: the open and the pro pass. The open grants admission to all the Saturday festivities, including unlimited coffee and access to food, drink, and music all day long and cost €3. The pro pass runs €85 for a day and €120 for a full event pass and includes everything the open pass includes plus access to all the talks.

It all takes place in Thursday, October 31st through Saturday, November 2nd at Utopia 126 in Barcelona. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival’s official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Oakland: Head To Royal Coffee To Learn About “Working Toward Transparency”

By california, Capricornio, Catracha Coffee Company, Chad Trewick, events, Jeri Idso, Luiz Saldanha, Max Nicholas-Fulmer, oakland, Peter W. Roberts, Royal Coffee, Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide, The Crown, Wire

There is no more immediate threat to the future of coffee than the current price crisis taking place on the commodities market. The uncertain future has led many in the specialty coffee world to act (more than just me incessantly flapping my gums about it). One such way for those looking to more involve takes place this Friday, October 25th at The Crown in Oakland. Featuring individuals from across the supply chain, “Working Towards Transparency: The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide” is a night of discussion why, if you care about your coffee you need to care about how much producers are paid for it.

Hosted by Royal Coffee at their lab and tasting room, Working Towards Transparency will dive into what it means for the specialty coffee world to safeguard specialty producers by fully divorcing their products from the C-market prices. To do this, the event will lean heavily on the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide, an anonymized report on specialty coffee prices from “an expanding group of Data Donors—roasters, importers, exporters, and producers—who donate contract data covering specialty coffee transactions from recent harvests.” That information then gets analyzed by Emory University researchers who then use it to create the Transaction Guide.

Presenters at the event include the Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide project leads Peter W. Roberts and Chad Trewick as well at Catracha Coffee Company founder Mayra Orellana-Powell, Fazenda California owner and Capricornio co-founder Luiz Saldanha, and Royal Coffee’s CEO and Senior Trader and Sales Team leader, Max Nicholas-Fulmer and Jeri Idso, respectively.

In advance of the event, Royal Coffee has released an episode of their brand new The Crown Podcast all about transparency in coffee. The hour-and-half podcast touches on many of the topics that be discussed at Working Towards Transparency. Consider it a little homework to be completed beforehand.

Working Towards Transparency: The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide gets started at 4:00pm at The Crown Lab & Tasting Room in Oakland, California. The event is free to attend—though Royal is asking for a donation to Grounds for Health—but does require an RSVP, which can be done via Eventbrite. For more information on the event, visit Royal Coffee’s official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Brazil’s Largest Arabica Producer Has Run Out Of Coffee

By bloomberg, Brazil, commodity market, cooxupe, dinamo, Wire

When writing about the price crisis on the commodities market, the reliable refrain we see on social media from the free-market capitalist is always, “bUt SuPpLy AnD dEmAnD.” It’s a fairly jejune argument that doesn’t really take into consideration large companies’ roles in creating an artificially low price-point from which they are now benefitting at the expense of the coffee farmers. Never mind that this fawning over the most basic principle as the economic end-all-be-all in no way justifies paying below the cost of production.

But supply and demand is nonetheless the reason given, and normally it is in relation to the bumper crop Brazil had over the past year or so. Brazil has produced so much coffee, the argument goes, that it is driving down the price of all coffee to bargain basement prices. They (and every other coffee farmer) are victims of their own success.

There’s a problem with this argument, though. Brazil is running out of coffee.

As reported by Bloomberg, Brazil’s largest grower and shipper of arabica, Cooxupe, it no longer has any coffee to fill new orders, “countering the steady drumbeat of ample supply that has sent prices to 13-year lows.” According to the article, Cooxupe estimated producing 5.7 million bags of arabica this year but has to date only taken in 4.9 million bags.

“Funds are overselling coffee in New York while in the physical market there’s no more supplies and demand has been strong,” Lucio Dias, commercial director at Minas Gerais-based cooperative Cooxupe, said by telephone. “We don’t know where the world will get coffee in the next six months.”

Other exporters aren’t feeling the same squeeze Cooxupe is just yet. Exporter Dinamo states that their Minas Gerais-based warehouses still have lots of coffee to spare. But one employee at Dinamo states that if the current rate of shipments continues, there will be “a more significant depletion in inventories in the second quarter of next year before the new harvest.”

Even with the abnormally high yield, other factors may decreasing supply for the year. As Bloomberg notes, bad weather in the first quarter of the year ‘hurt bean development while exports were strong just as the current crop entered into the lower-yielding half of a biennial cycle,” all the while Brazilian farmers are holding onto more of their own crops due to the low prices they could fetch as well as lower interest rates.

Currently, the price of coffee on the commodities market sits at $.95 after briefly eclipsing the one-dollar mark. In the bizarro world where supply-and-demand is paramount, this dearth of on-hand coffee would be a great thing for producers. Now their coffees could fetch a much higher price—hopefully one that earns them a livable wage—since it is growing scarce because, y’know, SuPpLy AnD dEmAnD. But of course, that won’t happen. Prices are $.20 lower than they were this time last year. Concerns about depleting supplies in the face of continually increasing demand hasn’t driven up the price. It’s almost as if something other than supply-and-demand is causing the immorally low prices. Weird.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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The San Francisco Coffee Festival Returns In November

By acaia, AKA, Bird Rock, california, coffee manufactory, counter culture, events, fellow products, kickapoo, klatch, Luvhaus Ceramics, madcap, Mason Center for Arts and Culture, mother tongue, Onyx, red bay, ritual, San Francisco, San Francisco Coffee Festival, Temple, The Crown, Third Wave Water, topo chico, Verve, Wire

Who doesn’t enjoy a good coffee festival? You get to drink coffee all day long, perhaps partake in a few adult refreshments, some tasty bites, and maybe attend a talk or panel discussion. What’s not to love? And is there ever a whole lot to love at the San Francisco Coffee Festival. Happening the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd at the Mason Center for Arts and Culture, the San Francisco Coffee Festival is a celebration of the Bay Area coffee culture and beyond.

With a total of 56 roasters exhibiting, the SFCF has a strong mix of local, in-state, and national roasters for attendees to choose from. Bay Area coffee companies like Ritual, The Crown, Red Bay, AKA, and Mother Tongue will join big name California roasters like Verve, Klatch, Bird Rock, and Temple for the two-day event. They will be joined by out-of-staters Onyx, Kickapoo, Counter Culture (I know they have a Bay Area lab but they’re a national, ok), Madcap, and others to round out a nicely curated coffee list.

Non-roasting exhibitors include locals Acaia, Fellow Products, and Luvhaus Ceramics as well as national hydration darlings Topo Chico and Third Wave Water.

And once you’ve filled up on coffee, why don’t you take a break from the caffeination and fill up on knowledge at one of the many, many talks takin place over the course of the weekend. You can learn about Coffee With A Purpose from Royal Coffee’s Chris Kornman or the Art of Espresso-ion with Coffee Manufactory’s Tricia Lu or even attend the Bartenders & Baristas Blend led by none other than 2017 World Coffee in Good Spirits Champion Martin Hudak.

There’s going to be coffee art activations, live music, and a whole host of tasty bites to help you come down from the coffee high. There’s more than a day’s worth of things to do, so come hungry and thirsty.

Tickets for the San Francisco Coffee Festival range from $29 for a three-hour session pass to $45 for a full day pass all the way up to $69 for an all-day VIP pass, all of which can be purchased here. And you may want to act fast because last year’s event sold out. For more information on the San Francisco Coffee Festival and to see a full list of this year’s attendees, visit their official website.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Study Finds Coffee Compounds May Help Curb Issues Caused By Obesity

By obesity, Science, slash gear, type-2 diabetes, University of Illinois College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Wire

When it comes to coffee news that doesn’t relate specifically to the specialty coffee industry, there are generally two modes: articles about coffee being good/bad for you and stories about new uses for coffee, primarily coffee waste. Today’s news is both. A new study has finds that compounds in coffee chaff and husks can help prevent chronic illnesses associated with obesity, including type-2 diabetes and inflammation.

As reported by Slash Gear, the findings the result of a recent study from researchers at the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. For the study, researchers extracted two phenolic compounds called gallic acid and protocatechuic acid from coffee chaff and husks, two byproducts of coffee production that end up in the waste bin (or at best the compost pile, though on top of ice cream is a strong second). The extracted compounds were then on fat cells from mice, where they were found to “boost insulin sensitivity, improve the cells’ ability to absorb glucose, and reduce the inflammation caused by fat.”

This is potentially good news for type-2 diabetes sufferers.  The disease can be brought on by reduced glucose absorption and lowered insulin sensitivity, two things which the coffee extracts were shown to have a direct, positive impact on.

According to the article, excess body fat can also cause inflammation that in turn may lead to the “development of cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune issues, and a variety of other problems.” The study found the coffee compounds to have anti-inflammatory properties, which could curb effects.

While still in need of more testing, the findings are positive not just for those suffering from the negative effects of obesity, but for the world at large. Slash Gear notes that more than one million tons of husks and tens of thousands of tons of chaff are produced—and normally discarded—every year as part of coffee production. These revelations could find a potential large scale use for the byproducts, one that turns them from waste into wanted.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Decaf Your Coffee Post-Brew With Decafino

By decaf, decafino, kickstarter, Wire

Decaf coffee is having a bit of a moment right now. No longer just an also-ran on many coffee roasters’ line-up sheets, decaf is taking front and center for many coffee companies, some even going so far as to only trade in the decaffeinated realm. And despite the rantings of handful of haters, most of whom don’t ever drink the stuff, decaf coffee is good now (if you feel yourself “well actually”-ing this, you are one of those haters. You should work on yourself). But for those disbelievers, a new product may permanently alter their perceptions on what decaf coffee can be. Called Decafino, these new pouches can remove caffeine post-brew, and the results are pretty damn tasty.

Now on Kickstarter, Decafino is the product of three years of research. The result is a teabag-like pouch you dunk in your coffee post-brew, and after three to four minutes, your coffee is caffeine free. The pouch works through a “physical process called adsorption,” whereby the caffeine molecules bind to the little grey flecks contained within, which according to the Kickstarter, “contains only natural minerals, food-grade ingredients, and biodegradable materials,” making it fully compostable.

The big question is: how does it taste? Having been given a few Decafino pouches to sample ahead of the Kickstarter, I can say that the results were shockingly good. To test Decafino’s mettle, I split a Kalita Wave pour-over between two mugs, decaffing one and using the other as a flavor constant. The decaffed cup was strikingly similar to that of its caffeinated counterpart. Now that’s a decaffing customers can get behind!

According to the Kickstarter, Decafino works just as well on teas, sodas, and espresso drinks that include milk and sugar.

Only two days into the campaign, as of press time Decafino has raised $1,700 of its $25,000 goal with a little less than a month remaining. Interested parties can still take advantage of the Early Bird Special and get 20 pouches for $25, should the Kickstarter make.

There’s a lot of great decaf coffee out there these days. But even still, there’s a strain of decaf hate that remains surprisingly resilient. Decafino may be the answer to that. It may just be the last nail in the coffin all those Death-Before-Decaffers keep clamoring for.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Daymoves: LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy Is Opening A Cafe In Brooklyn

By blue bottle, brooklyn, cafe integral, Christina Topsøe, Coptic Light, Daymoves, Four Horsemen, Grub Street, james murphy, Justin Chearno, L’imprimerie, LCD Soundsystem, new york, New York City, Nightmoves, Randy Moon, Sey Coffee, Wire

The LCD Soundsystem is blasting full stereo today on the Sprudge family of networks. Over on Sprudge Wine, we just published an interview with Justin Chearno of The Four Horsemen in Brooklyn, which he just so happens to co-own with LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. And panning out wide to the coffee side—though not too wide because it will literally be next door—is news of Murphy’s cafe Daymoves opening this week.

As reported by Grub Street, Murphy is opening Daymoves along with the entire Four Horsemen ownership crew: Chearno, Christina Topsøe, and Randy Moon. And Murphy’s ties to coffee go beyond simply being the leader of the band that makes up a disproportionately large amount of your barista competition routine soundtrack. His coffee love—along with his rather impressive home setup—is “well-documented in Shut Up and Play the Hits,” a documentary about LCD Soundsystem’s final show (before getting back together), and Murphy even created a signature espresso blend with Blue Bottle. (Fun fact about me: I often conflate James Murphy and Blue Bottle founder James Freeman for no particular rhyme or reason. Sometimes I even mix in a Hoffmann for good measure. A James is a James is a James, I guess.) There have even been rumors that while on tour, LCD Soundsystem would local specialty coffee shops to set up would-be pop-ups backstage.

Scheduled to open tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th, Daymoves will feature coffee from fellow Brooklynites Sey Coffee and Coptic Light as well NYC’s Café Integral. Per the article, the new coffee spot wants to stray away from the “high-volume, get-up-and-go cafe.” Nor is it meant to be a remote office for the workaday crowd. It’s a shop “made for lingering,” which will include listen to records from Murphy’s personal collection on oversized speakers of his own making while enjoying a pastry from L’imprimerie. The cafe will “start serving some dishes from Four Horsemen chef Nick Curtola” in the coming weeks as well.

The plan for the space is to be an all-day cafe of sorts, with Daymoves transitioning into Nightmoves—named for that Bob Seger song you liked ironically when you were in your early twenties only realize much later that it’s actually just a really fucking good tune—featuring a selection of natural wines from The Four Horsemen’s list as well as cocktails, mocktails, and potentially even negronis on tap.

The Nightmoves portion of the space is still very much in flux, with no official date for when it will be implemented. But Daymoves is set to kick off tomorrow, September 19th at “approximately 8am,” per their website. So if the coffee starts wearing off tomorrow and you feel like you’re losing your edge, take all your friends or maybe just someone great and head on down to Daymoves.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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The Gall! New Study Links Coffee And Decreased Gallstone Risk

By gallstones, Journal of Internal Medicine, Newsweek, Science, Wire

Gallstones sound hawrible. They’re stones… in your gallbladder. But the good news today is that roughly six cups of coffee a day may help decrease your risk.

As reported by Newsweek, a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine took a look at over 114,000 participants in Denmark, where they “collected information such as lifestyle choices, carried out physical examinations, and collected blood from which their DNA was extracted.” After assigning an allele score that “looked at whether a genetic variant linked to metabolizing coffee was associated with drinking more coffee,” the researchers assessed the association between coffee consumption and instances of gallstones. They found that drinking one cup per day was linked to a three percent decrease in the instances of gallstones and that drinking six cups or more was associated with a much more significant 23 perfect decrease in the risk.

In both observational and genetic analyses, high coffee intake was associated with low risk of symptomatic GSD [symptomatic gallstone disease] in the general population. These results suggest that high coffee intake is likely to causally protect against symptomatic GSD.

The study was purely observational, so no causal link between coffee consumption and decreased gallstone risk has been established, but the study’s authors suggest a number of explanations, including the possibility that the body uses bile—which can build up with gallstones—to excrete all the caffeine consumed with coffee.

But whatever the reason, keep drinking that coffee because it’ll keep the gallstones away. The gall!

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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DRIP Zine Returns With A Big Release This Freaky Friday

By amethyst coffee, Awakening Boutique, Claudi Campero, coffee people zine, colorado, denver, DRIP Zine, events, Kat Melheim, Modern Nomad, The, Wire

The Drip is turning into a flood. After a sold out first issue, DRIP Zine, “a smutty, sexy, elicit, explicit art publication put together by the coffee community,” is ready to release its sophomore effort. And they are celebrating with a party in Denver this “Freaky Friday,” September 13th.

Working in a service industry, coffee professionals are over-sexualized by customers on a daily basis, where small, tip-based interactions are misconstrued into something much larger and more romantic in nature. DRIP is the sex-positive coffee zine that works to let coffee professionals reclaim their sexuality and define it in their own terms. Created by founder and editor of the Coffee People Zine Kat Melheim and Amethyst Coffee‘s Claudia Campero, the second issue of DRIP will feature “photography, illustration, poetry, short stories, and more created by baristas, roasters, cafe managers, shop owners, and other folx who caffeinate you daily.”

To launch Issue 02, DRIP is hosting a release party at Awakening Boutique—“Denver’s premier sex-positive boutique and community resource”—inside the Modern Nomad on Friday, September 13th. Happening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, the release party is billed as a night of “drinks, music, prizes, sexuality, [and] self expression.” Tickets for the event are $20—available via Eventbrite—and include a copy of Issue 02 as well as a raffle ticket for some of the sexy prizes DRIP has to offer. Part of the proceeds from zine and raffle ticket sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

For those unable to attend, DRIP Issue 02 can be purchased via the Coffee People Zine website for $15 and are currently available for pre-order. For more information, check out the Coffee People Zine’s official website or the DRIP Zine release party Eventbrite page.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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Coffee: It’s Not Just For Mouths Anymore Thanks To Ochis Coffee Sunglasses

By coffee grounds, FORBES, Maksym Havrylenko, Ochis Coffee, sunglasses, Wire


If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: I’m tired of mashing coffee grounds onto my face only to have them fall right off. These grounds need to have some sort of hook-like system so you can affix them behind your ears. And maybe sections where your eyes go that come in varying degrees of opacity so you can see where you are going. I’d call them Coffee For Your Mug.

Well, turns out one Ukrainian company has already beat me to the punch. They’re called Ochis Coffee, and they use spent ground to make “coffee glasses” (coffee isn’t usually served in glassware, but whatever), and much to the chagrin of my very well thought out business plan, they’re actually pretty stylish.

As reported by Forbes, most glasses frames are still made of petroleum-based plastic, which as you may have guessed from the words “petroleum” and “plastic”, production of which aren’t all that great for the earth. Like so many companies across innumerable industries have done, Ochis looked to used coffee grounds as a sustainable alternative. By mixing the grounds with flax and a vegetable oil-based biopolymer, Ochis are able to create a durable material that, when you’re done with them, will “biodegrade 100 times faster than standard plastic glasses.”

The result is a frame that “has a pleasant to the touch matte texture” and “softly [smells] like freshly roasted coffee,” per their successful 2018 Kickstarter. Ochis are water-resistant with an expected lifespan over five years, and when you are done with them, you can leave them in water and/or soil and they will become fertilizer.

The driving force behind Ochis, founder and CEO Maksym Havrylenko, “grew up in a family of opticians” and has 15 years experience in the eyewear industry. His goal was to “create something new and natural,” Havrylenko tells Forbes. “We started our search for a perfect material that can be recycled. Coffee was that perfect one because it is a very popular drink. People consume 2.5 million cups of coffee per day all over the world.”

Currently, Ochis Coffee has a “small series production” but Havrylenko expects production to expand significantly in the coming years: to 10,000 pairs by 2020 and 100,000 in 2021. The original line is currently available for $89 (with free international shipping) via Ochis’s website, and their new Lite Edition—with a brand new color option that looks like a reimagined tortoise shell—is available for pre-order for $139 through September 16th.

For more information or to order a pair of your own, visit Ochis Coffee official website. And be on the lookout for my Coffee For Your Mug Kickstarter once I figure out how to get coffee on your face without directly infringing on Ochis intellectual property.

Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

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