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[caption id="attachment_1078" align="alignleft" width="250"] The Michigan Contingent[/caption] 13th Roaster's Guild Retreat The Roaster's Guild, a group within the Specialty Coffee Association (SCAA), held their annual retreat in West Virginia for the second time this year. This is the closest it comes to Michigan, and a nice contingent of our state's roasters made the trek. The Guild is a large group, and about 150 people attended. Three full days of roasting, cupping and classroom workshops make up the bulk of the retreat, during...

It will be twenty-two years this August since I first came to work for Coffee Express, and so much has happened in the coffee world since then. You could say a lot of water has passed over the coffee grounds. First, specialty coffees emerged as the new status-quo, then organics hit the scene, and lately – due to a surge in interest about the traceability and origins of what we are eating and drinking – Microlots have become more popular. But some things don’t change, like the fragrance coming from opening the coffee bins first thing in the morning, the smell of fresh ground coffee, and the aroma of a freshly-brewed pot. 

Did you know that Arabica coffee is traded in New York at the Intercontinental Exchange – the ICE? Our prices at Coffee Express are directly related to the price at which coffee is traded on the exchange. There are two markets for coffee: the cash -or “spot”- market, which is the price we would pay for green coffee if we purchased it (and wanted it shipped) today.The second is the futures market price. The futures market for commodities like coffee is used to help protect against the wild variations that occur due to speculation, and events such as bad weather.