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Roast Magazine Names Roaster of the Year Honors

Roast Magazine Names 2014 Micro Roaster of the Year:  Pilot Coffee Roasters

Established:  2009
Location:  Toronto, Canada
Employees:  22
Leadership:  Andy Wilkin, co-founder and green bean buyer; Jessie Wilkin, co-founder; Rob Wilkin, co-owner
Retail locations: Two
Roasters (machines):  Diedrich IR-24
Roasting output: 93,000 pounds in 2012

Roast Magazine Names 2014 Macro Roaster of the Year:  Coda Coffee Company

Established:  2005
Location:  Denver, Colorado
Employees: 36
Leadership: Tommy Thwaites, co-president; Tim Thwaites, co-president
Retail locations: Seven
Roasters (machines):  Lilla
Roasting output:  470,000 pounds this year

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Coffee and Tea Festival NYC Celebrates 10 Years
Save the Date! March 21-22, 2015

The Coffee & Tea Festival New York City will be moving to a new location for the 2015 show.  The festival will take place March 21-22, 2015 at the Brooklyn Expo Center, located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn (79 Franklin Street).  Another sold out show is expected.

“For the 2014 show held earlier this year, more than 7,000 attendees were bustling in the aisles learning about and sampling products from more than 80 different companies,” said event manager, Kristyn Dolan.  “We are finalizing plans for the 2015 event, it will be our 10th anniversary, we’re planning some special things for the celebration,” said Dolan.

Local, national, and international coffee and tea companies will be serving up tastings to festival attendees.  New ticket options are being offered for 2015 festival.  A VIP ticket is available for each day of the festival and gives these attendees early admission into the festival and the much-loved goodie bag.  The number of VIP tickets will be limited.  All ticketholders are invited to enjoy the free seminars/lectures and, if interested, can attend some of the intimate fee-based special events, including delectable pairings, cupping technique instruction, and more (advance ticket purchase is requested.  Watch the website for information on the specialty classes.

New for 2015:  Tea Course Fast Track!  Learn about tea for business in this fast track, half-day seminar produced by and presented by Gail Gastelu. Tea Course Fast Track is a LIVE experience for those who need a quick start to learning about tea and incorporating it into their business immediately. It is also a great option for earning CEUs!

All the tickets for the NYC event will be pre-sold, on sale now at  Interested in exhibiting at the event?  Click here to request info.


Holiday Tea - Limited Edition

Harney & Sons Fine Teas, celebrating over 30 years and three generations of master tea blending, debuts their new “Celebration” tea blend to tea-drinkers around the world. Harney & Sons “Celebration” tea was blended with the magic of the holiday season in mind. Based on traditional English flavors, this blend boasts black tea, fruits and nut flavors.

Founder John Harney began his journey in 1983, mastering the art of tea blending, while starting production out of his basement. Today, Harney & Sons Tea remains family owned and managed, with three generations of Harneys traveling the world in search of the finest teas and innovative new blends. John Harney shares his thoughts with tea drinkers on the new blend: “Savor this limited edition tea anytime of the day or give it to someone you love.”

This limited edition holiday tea can be purchased on the company’s eCommerce site (, as well as at their SoHo & Millerton Tea Shops.  Celebration Tea tin includes 20 sachets, $10.

In addition to presenting their new holiday blend the Harney family has put together a line of unique holiday gifts that showcase their classic tea collections and other fine products to enhance the tea drinking experience. Shoppers may choose from a variety of gifts for both discerning and new tea drinkers. Harney & Sons combines the festive colors and scents of the seasons in their Fall & Holiday Gifts: reds and greens, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and citrus all blend to welcome in the holidays.


KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

We were quite intrigued when we learned of this pour over brewer from KitchenAid and gave it quite a rigorous test drive in our “test kitchen”.  Overall, we were impressed with the performance, it consistently delivered a delicious, hot, satisfying cup of coffee without any fuss.

This KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Maker (KCM0802) combines the flavor and control of the manual pour over process with the programmability and convenience of a traditional coffee maker. It allows you to re-create every step of the pour-over method at the touch of a button with an advanced electronic brewer that brews a flavorful and rich, full-bodied coffee.

After heating water to the optimal brewing temperature (a precise 200°F), the machine pre-wets the grounds to begin the flavor-extraction (blooming) process, then pours and pauses the flow of water over the coffee grounds with precise timing to maximize every nuance of flavor and aroma—just as a master barista would.

The carefully timed and calibrated release of the water evenly saturates the grounds to extract every nuance of coffee flavor and aroma. It also offers medium and dark roast settings to appeal to varying tastes. 

Whether you are brewing 2 cups or 8 cups, this machine delivers. The pour over brewing technology mimics the manual pour over process delivering consistent infused flavor without the manual effort.  Recommended. This would make a great holiday gift for the coffee lover in your life (or as a special treat for yourself).   This model uses #4 paper filters and offers a pre-program option. 

KitchenAid KCM0802 (MSRP: $199)—can probably find some varying prices if you search around online.


Homemade Coffee Scrub

This homemade coffee scrub made with orange essential oil can help nourish skin and lessen the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. The antioxidants in the coffee provide a temporary anti-inflammatory that helps skin appear firmer and help prevent premature skin aging. The almond oil and vitamin e will moisturize your skin leaving it silky smooth.

Crystal, owner of A Pumpkin & Princess blog makes her own sugar scrubs 90% of the time but still enjoys splurging on a good spa scrub every once in a while.  She mainly makes the scribs at home because it would cost a fortune to buy them as much as she uses them.  Crystal believes that using body scrubs regularly is a great way to exfoliate dry skin and replenish moisture. With the colder months ahead keep scrubs stocked in your bathroom and kitchen sink to avoid dry hands. This coffee scrub is also great as an overall body scrub (and makes a great gift). You can use it on your face (avoid eye area), arms, legs, and areas with stretch marks or cellulite.

This coffee scrub is made from fine coffee grounds, brown sugar, almond oil, vitamin e oil, and orange essential oil. The antioxidants in the coffee work as an anti-inflammatory that will make your skin appear firmer. It’s not a miracle scrub that will get rid of stretch marks and cellulite, but it does help temporarily reduce the appearance. When making this scrub try to use finely ground coffee. The finer grounds will help gently exfoliate the skin without irritating it. Once the dead skin cells are removed your body will absorb moisture effectively, leaving it feel renewed and smooth.

What you’ll need:
Coffee grounds
Brown sugar
Sweet Almond Oil
Vitamin E Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Yield: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup ground coffee

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4-1/2 almond oil

  • 1/4 tsp vitamin e oil

  • 10 drops orange essential oil (optional)


  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl.

  2. To use wet skin and use a small scoop to apply scrub to skin.

  3. Gently rub coffee scrub in circles to help remove dry skin.

  4. Clean as much as you can with a paper towel then remove the rest in the shower or kitchen sink.

  5. Store in airtight container.


Begin by using 1/4 cup almond oil and increase until you reach your preferred texture.1/2 cup almond oil will make a thinner, more oily scrub. The scrub pictured was made with 1/4 cup almond oil. Best if used within 2-4 weeks.


Spiced Apple Tea

Chase away the cold with this soothing maple-and-cardamom-flavored drink

Thanks to the editorsof Better Homes & Gardens, here is a delicious make-at-home recipe.  It makes 8 servings and just over 20 minutes from start to finish…

1 lemon
4 cups apple juice
2 cups water
4 inches stick cinnamon
1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods, crushed
1 teaspoon whole cloves
6 black tea bags (decaffeinated, if desired)
1/4 cup maple syrup
Thin apple slices (optional)


  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of peel from half of the lemon; set peel aside. Squeeze juice from lemon.

  2. Combine apple juice, water, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice in a large saucepan. (Save remaining juice for another use.) For the spice bag, place cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and the lemon peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thick 100-percent cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with a clean string. Add bag to apple juice mixture.

  3. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag and discard them. Stir in maple syrup. Serve in mugs. If desired, float apple slices on top of each serving. Makes 8 servings.


The World's 7 Best Airport Coffee Shops

While a tasty pint of craft suds has become an easy airport find these days, not so when it comes to a decent cup of pre-flight joe; chain drips and mediocre muds still rule the runways. But not everywhere. Which is why we scoured the world's airports in search of the best cafes and java joints, and came back with our top seven.  Now thanks to Chloe Pantazi, a writer for Thrillist, we know where to  go for our joe.

7. Guava & Java -- Philadelphia International Airport (Concourse B)
While G&J might look like your usual airport coffee shop stop, this one serves up world-renowned La Colombe, known for its seven single-origin blends made with beans from Brazil, Colombia, and Ethiopia, among others. Better still, they brew their Lyon -- a light-roast charity collab with actor Leonardo Di Caprio, the proceeds from which go to his environmental foundation.

6. Caffe Pascucci -- Seoul Incheon International Airport (Second floor, near Exit 12)
Assuming you've had your fill of instant Maxim Originals, CP's been specializing in cappuccinos since 1883; and with a vibe more evocative of a swanky bar than a cafe, you won't even feel like you're at the airport. Also, in case you didn't believe the rumors, a second airport-based Pascucci's DID open recently in Latvia's Riga International Airport. So there, coffee-loving jetsetters, take note!

5. Paul -- Dubai International Airport (Terminal 3)
A failsafe for travelers in search of a cuppa with a touch of sophistication, this fancy French cafe uses only posh local (as in French, not UAE) beans and bakes an assortment of tasty pastries and macaroons.  

4. Dome -- Perth Airport (Level One, T1)
Boasting more polished brass and varnished wood than the set of Captain Ron, the Dome feels more like a throwback European cafe than an airport coffee shop. Even better than its ambiance, though, is the java itself, highlighting beans from Columbia to Costa Rica; Aussies dub it some of the best hand-roasted dirt on the market.

3. Metropolis Coffee -- Chicago O'Hare Airport (T5)
Metropolis is your must-hit whilst stuck in O'Hare, and their Schweik's Blend is the brew to try; described as "cognac-like", it's a a full-bodied beast with hints of orange, jasmine, and caramel.

2. Mojo Cafe -- Wellington International Airport (Level One, Domestic Terminal)
A well-loved boutique roastery in Wellington, Mojo puts an emphasizes on "crop to cup" and brews a variety of single-origin Guatemalan, Ethiopian, and Peruvian blends. Their signature house java, though, is Dr. Mojo's Medicine, which rocks "hints of nut and chocolate, and a spicy toffee finish".

>>> If you've already passed through security into the International terminal and are craving another cup, worry not; there's a second incognito Mojo branch brewing under the name "The Rocks".

1. Joe and the Juice -- Copenhagen Airport (T2)
Named the best airport coffee shop at last year's Airport Food and Beverage Awards (hosted, no doubt, by Ricky Gervais), J and the J's a lively spot with a bustling vibe and live lunch-time tunes. In addition to their kick-ass juices, they also brew up some seriously sexy coffee, including an eccentric signature ginger latte.


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