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

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

Make Things Happen: How Coffee Shops Can Foster Creative and Collaborative Expression

Pursuing a dream or following a creative pathway can sometimes be isolating. These coffee shops encourage collaboration and community creativity while supporting local entrepreneurship. 
by Leah Bowman | January 26, 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

When Coffee Becomes Art

Coffee does more than keep artists awake—coffee itself has been immortalized in art, serving as the subject of paintings, sculptures, and roadside attractions.
by Valorie Clark | October 11, 2023

A Peek Into Denmark’s Specialty Coffee Evolution

Today, Denmark is internationally recognized for its innovative specialty coffee scene. Fifteen years ago, it was just getting started.
by Chloé Skye Weiser | September 29, 2023

At Kobrick, Serving Coffee By Day and Cocktails By Night

Step into Kobrick Coffee Co., the cafe where the baristas double as mixologists, pouring coffee and cocktails all night long.
by Haley Greene | August 23, 2023