This coffee was not for "Abby." (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

The trouble with living in Seattle with a foreign-sounding name

Having a foreign-sounding name in Seattle can be difficult in many different ways — from the casual to the substantial.
Jul 30, 2015
The Specialty Coffee Association of the Americas conference in Seattle this week is all about improving the experiences of coffee consumers. But some participants are looking at how it can improve the lot of growers too. (Photo courtesy SCAA)

Ensuring the global coffee boom gives farmers a fair shot

A giant coffee conference held in Seattle this week will include local efforts to help coffee farmers escape poverty.
Apr 10, 2015
The coffee at Cortona Café is good and strong. Shop owner, Ice, will wake you up with a hot cup while a catchy mix of music gets your foot tapping long before the caffeine-induced jitters catch up (Photo by Brie Ripley).

Cortona Café: beacon of unity amid Central District gentrification

“This is a place where people build relationships” Central District resident Amanda Predmore says of Cortona Café “It’s one of the most intimate cafés in the city.”
Apr 8, 2015
(Photo by Brett Konen)

Report: Can coffee save Haiti?

How the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is recovering from disaster — with a little help from Seattle.
Jan 6, 2015
Carlos Salmeron (left) prepares an espresso drink at his new coffee house, Ventoux Roasters, in Bryant, Seattle. (Photo by Janelle Retka)

From family to coffee cup: cafe owner reaches for El Salvador roots

Seattle has a reputation as a city coated with endless corners of coffee shops devoted to fair trade bean sources.
Jan 1, 2015
Lee Robinson shows off freshly roasted beans from the Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. (Photo by Hannah Myrick)

Grassroots coffee company bonds Bainbridge Island with Nicaragua

What started as a Reagan-era political protest has grown into a thirty year relationship driven by the Northwest's love of coffee.
Aug 27, 2014
Beijing (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Breakfast in Beijing

Fewer countries offer a better buffet for the traveling chowhound than China, and Beijing is one of the best eating cities in the world.
Apr 17, 2014
Todd Carmicael, host of Dangerous Grounds (Photo courtesy Travel Channel)

The Indiana Jones of coffee returns to the Travel Channel

Five questions for Todd Carmichael, globe-trotting Seattle coffee CEO turned reality TV star. 
Jan 23, 2014
(Photo by Brett Konen)

Three ways to get a global coffee fix in Seattle

A guide to the diverse international coffee scene that often flies below our over-caffeinated radar. 
Jan 7, 2014
Cherries from a Coffee arabica plant, before the seeds are removed, dried and roasted. (Photo by Rodrigo via Flickr)

As Seattle’s beans get better, Colombian coffee farmers suffer

After a century as a flagship industry, Colombian coffee growers have fallen on hard times, driven by free trade agreements, the global financial crisis and changing tastes for our morning cup.
Aug 28, 2013
A volunteer handed out food from the patio of the Taksim Square Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey last week. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

Starbucks lends a hand (and a toilet) to Turkish protesters

Starbucks has long been a target of anti-corporate protests. But one store on Istanbul’s Taksim Square has quietly given aid to Turkish protestors.
Jun 13, 2013
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Bourgeois bakery brings flavor of “French Tokyo” to Queen Anne

The pace at Cafe de Lion is slow — a very deliberate slow that’s now as rare in Seattle as it is in Japan, where owner Daisuke Miura, his wife Tomoyo and their son Lion (the cafe’s namesake) moved from two years ago. Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg play in the background as young diners enjoy green tea […]
Jul 10, 2012
The author settles down with a cup of coffee

Kenya’s got the beans, but the Nairobi coffee culture leaves me missing Seattle

It wasn’t until I moved away from Seattle for the first time that I realized not everyone in the world becomes a coffee junkie by age 15. My memories of growing up in the Pacific Northwest are steeped in coffee. How my Dad took it straight and black as tar and my mom brewed coffee […]
Feb 9, 2012