The Alternate Universe of Melissa Stinson’s Everybody’s Busy

To call Everybody's Busy a coffee shop is underselling it. Owner Melissa Stinson curates coffee experiences out of a warehouse in Chicago and invites people to sit and stay awhile. 
by Lydia Stolper | May 24, 2024

We Went to De-escalation Training: Here’s Everything We Learned

A new course offers coffee shop workers tactics and tools to de-escalate conflict. We took the class: here's everything you need to know. 
by Lydia Stolper | May 10, 2024

We DMed People About The Highlights of SCA Expo—These Were The Best Moments

The 2024 Specialty Coffee Expo was filled with highlights: new coffee champions, equipment launches, and one-of-a-kind events. We slid into your DMs to find out about the best moments. 
by Lydia Stolper | April 25, 2024

From Hourly to Salary: Laila Ghambari on Growing a (Financially Upward) Career in Coffee

Barista, coffee champion, and now coffee consultant Laila Ghambari shares her secrets on building a self-sustaining career in coffee.
by Lydia Stolper | February 14, 2024

What Our Kids Grow Up Around: How Renata Henderson and Bartholomew Jones Are Creating a Legacy Through Coffee 

Renata Henderson and Bartholomew Jones of Cxffeeblack and the Anti Gentrification Coffee Club see coffee as a connector to their history and a way to create a lasting legacy for their kids and the…
by Lydia Stolper | February 2, 2024

We Take Care of Each Other: How Epoch Makes Space for Austin’s LGBTQIA+ Community

Attacks against the LGBTQIA+ community are on the rise—coffee shop owner Randi Hensley turned her cafe into a safe space not just for her customers, but her employees.
by Lydia Stolper | January 5, 2024

We’re All Coffee Geeks Here — Michael Craig of Creature Coffee Brings Specialty Coffee Directly to the People

Michael Craig of Creature Coffee in Austin, Texas, goes from borrowing coffee equipment to running a fleet of custom coffee bars, bringing specialty coffee from office buildings to wedding receptions.
by Lydia Stolper | November 17, 2023

Hospitality Online and In-Person: A Conversation with Aaron Fender of Portrait Coffee

Aaron Fender, CEO and co-founder of Portrait Coffee in Atlanta discusses roasting during the pandemic, digital hospitality, and how community extends beyond physical spaces.
by Lydia Stolper | November 1, 2023

The Austin Coffee Festival Delights Again

The second-annual Austin Coffee Festival brought together roasters and other coffee-adjacent businesses to show off their products, innovative new ideas, and, of course, coffee to consumers and caffeine connoisseurs alike. The event took place…
by Lydia Stolper | October 6, 2023