Coffee

Coffee Shops Fuel Creativity

It’s no secret that students and artistic types congregate in coffee shops.  Many believe a jolt of java acts as a needed stimulant to enhance study and creative work. Recent research offers insight into why a coffee shop is such … Read More

How Much Does it Cost to Open a Coffee Shop?

If you’re dreaming of opening your own coffee shop, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost. There’s no hard and fast answer, because every specialty coffee business is different.  Your costs will depend upon the type of coffee business … Read More

The Composition of Coffee

Crafted by: Brandon Bir Coffee cherries are produced by a small evergreen tree.  These berries turn from green to bright yellow to crimson red (in most cases).  When they are ripe, they are picked and processed in several different ways.  … Read More

Cupping: Tasting and Analyzing

Crafted by: Brandon Bir, Coffee Sourcing and Education at Crimson Cup Over the last few months we have been talking a lot about cupping coffees at Crimson Cup.  So what the heck is cupping? Well, the short answer is: cupping … Read More

Take Time for Training

Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert is writing a series of columns about running a coffee shop for Coffee Talk magazine. The series continues in June with, “TAKE TIME FOR TRAINING.” “Thorough training for both owners and baristas is one of the … Read More

Coffee tours help educate bean buyers and consumers

For Crimson Cup, travel to coffee-growing countries is an essential part of our mission. Two primary goals are to seek out the world’s best-tasting coffee and to forge direct trade relationships with the coffee farmers who grow it. Turns out, … Read More

Caffeine in your toothbrush?

We were a bit mystified by the news that Colgate-Palmolive Company has applied for a patent on a caffeinated toothbrush. Why would you give up the great taste of fresh-brewed coffee just to shave a few minutes off your morning … Read More