2004

Volume 12: Of wine and coffee

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Coffee tasters, aka “cuppers” have a specialized vocabulary which works very well when they communicate among themselves. For example, for a cupper, “highly acidity” is a good thing. “Woody” is bad. Read more...


Volume 11: Café Britt south

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Beginning in February, Café Britt will begin roasting coffee and manufacturing chocolate in the South American city of Lima, Peru. We decided on our Peruvian venture when we won the contract to run three gift and coffee shops at the city’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. This really interesting opportunity will give all lovers of Britt the chance to buy and enjoy some of the coffees hidden away in the high reaches of the Andes, as well as fruits and nuts not produced in tropical Costa Rica. Read more...


Volume 10: CoffeeTour raises the bar

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The fifth edition of the World Barista Championship, the “Olympic Games” for baristas or coffee bartenders, took place in Trieste, Italy June 18-20. The now yearly competition rewards the art, creativity and showmanship of a craft once hidden from view behind the bulk of a commercial espresso machine or the confines of a drive-through coffee cabin. So, when Café Britt set out in June to celebrate the 12,000th performance of our award-winning CoffeeTour, we could think of no better way than showcasing the barista’s art in pure CoffeeTour style – with fun and education. Read more...


Volume 9: Capitalist opportunity in communist China

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Brash and ready for western-style business, China feels it can do anything, and I’d have to agree with it. I observed this invincibility for myself during a March 27 to April 3 trip there to explore introducing Café Britt to this nation of 1.3 billion people and its Asian neighbors beyond. Read more...


Volume 8: Free trade

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Costa Rica has joined its Central American counterparts in signing CAFTA, a free trade agreement with the U.S. If the agreement remains true to its entrepreneurial spirit, it could become a final phase in regional development – the home stretch in a marathon race away from the devastating civil wars and projectionist policies that hobbled Central America in the 1970’s and 80’s. Read more...


Volume 7: In the year of coffee – B.E. and A.E.

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Café Britt got into the espresso business in the mid 1980s. In all of Costa Rica there were probably three espresso machines at the time. I decided that we’d be the first representatives of “La Pavoni,” a line of Italian espresso machines. Read more...