Erna Knutsen: The Grand Old Lady of Specialty Coffee

Erna Knutsen at the SCAA

In the newest episode of the podcast Coffee AwesomeBjørg interviews Erna Knutsen, the founder of Knutsen coffees. Erna emigrated Norway with her family in 1926, landing in New York, before eventually making her way to San Francisco and founding her company in 1985. She is credited with coining the phrase Specialty Coffee. She only recently retired, at the age of 93! Hers is an interesting story, and well worth a listen. More »

From the Archives
The Sami Coffee Ceremony: An Interview with Anne Wuolab

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Anne, a self-described cultural entrepreneur, is travelling around the Nordic region putting on Sami coffee ceremonies. They are a wonderful glimpse into a ritual with deep roots. For many Sami, making coffee is synonymous with a feeling of home—a precious thing for the indigenous, nomadic people of Northern Scandinavia. We caught up with her to ask about the Sami coffee ceremony and her motivations for sharing them. More »

Perfect Partners: Coffee and Napping

Napping and Coffee

While the two might seem like opposites at first, they really aren’t at all! After all, people often drink one or take the other with the aim of becoming more alert or productive. If you time it right, it turns out there’s a way to combine the two—and it’s dead simple. More »

The Wilfa Precision is available in USA and Canada!

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It’s been a long time coming, but starting today, Wilfa and Williams-Sonoma are finally able to provide the Wilfa Precision to filter coffee fans all over North America! Since its launch in April 2013, the Wilfa Precision has been very well received, winning design awards and making it to markets as far away as Korea. More »

Norway’s Coffee in the 2014 World Brewers Cup

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Odd-Steinar Tøllefsen of Oslo coffee bar and roaster Supreme Roastworks did phenomenally well at this years’ World Brewers Cup in Rimini, making the finals and placing 4th! Keep reading for a video of his presentation and his Hario V60 brew recipe. More »

What is the Best Way to Brew Aeropress Coffee?

Shuichi Sasaki of Japan became the 2014 World Aeropress Champion yesterday. The recipe he used was just posted online on the official WAC website; by comparing it to the winning recipes of previous years, let’s see if we can find anything interesting! More »