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Dr. Bob Arnot Visits Coffee Analysts to Talk Coffee

Dan Cox and Dr. Bob Arnot

Dan Cox and Dr. Bob Arnot

Dr. Bob Arnot, television’s Dr. Danger stopped by our laboratory  last week to talk about coffee testing with Dan Cox and Spencer  Turer.  They discussed coffee’s interesting and somewhat  complicated supply chain, quality testing protocols, and chemical  analysis of green and roasted coffee.

Dan and Spencer led Dr. Arnot through a traditional coffee  cupping, where they compared and contrasted specialty coffees from Brasil, Ethiopia and Colombia.

Dr. Arnot’s television career included stints as foreign correspondent and chief medical correspondent for the NBC News and a health correspondent for CBS News.  He has also served as a physician providing humanitarian relief in many countries suffering from war and social unrest.


Quality Separates You from the Pack

In July 2014, the Washington Post declared, “Almost half of the World actually prefers instant coffee” and the map below confirms this statement:












And the news today is not getting any better. After reading this article in Monday’s Washington Post stating that Americans LIKE to drink bad coffee, and the accompanying statistics concerning consumption of ground coffee, there are several points contained here that unfortunately bear truth. As an example, Maxwell House’s latest ad campaign essentially asks for people to settle for “good” coffee instead of aspiring for “great” coffee. (more…)

Spencer Turer Comments On the Foam Factor of Lattes











Spencer Turer, vice president of testing laboratory Coffee Analysts, said a latte’s makeup makes it a friendlier option for the spill-prone

The Chicago Tribune’s story about the safety net that milk components bring to coffee are examined here, with commentary from Spencer.


Our visitors from Brazil, Marcos & Silvia Croce

Marcos Croce, Dan Cox, Silvia Croce, Bill Mares

Marcos Croce, Dan Cox, Silvia Croce, Bill Mares










Every so often someone shows up, unplanned, and delights our day.

Recently, Marcos and Silvia Croce, owners of the FAF (Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza) coffee farm had a flight cancelled and had an extra day to spend in the Burlington area. They had heard about our coffee businesses from their friend Gayle Massar, another local business owner. Gayle called us and arranged an impromptu visit, and the Croces were able to spend several hours with us. Marcos and Silvia operate a 500 acre finca in Brazil, and besides being a large farm, FAF is a network of farmers, a center of coffee studies, and an export company that mills and ships coffee worldwide.

Besides our mutual interest in all things coffee, the Croces also promote the cultivation of honey as a secondary food and income source. We called our local apiary king, Bill Mares, and he was able to stop by and bring some samples of his honey. We also took a trip to the local chocolatier, Lake Champlain Chocolates, so they were able to see some of the best of Vermont products.

We expect to stay in touch with the Croces and are delighted by this happy coincidence!

For more information on FAF, please click HERE.

Creating Quality: Beverage Preparation, Roasting, and Sourcing


Creating Quality

What defines quality in craft beer, ice cream, or cheese?  In Vermont, we are fortunate to have products that define these categories: Heady Topper from the Alchemist, ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s, and cheeses from Vermont Creamery. These are products that are recognized as top quality. Do they have more flavor or just better flavor? Are these items more consistent than their competitors? Do their flavor attributes meet the promises made by their advertising? (more…)

Coffee Analysts Welcomes Burundi Coffee Representative

Mr. Denis Karera and Dan Cox

Mr. Denis Karera and Dan Cox

Mr. Denis Karera, the General Manager of ARFIC, The Regulatory authority of Burundi Coffee Sector, along with Nicholas Rehmus and Elias Gilman from Cottage International visited Coffee Analysts today.  Cottage International is a socially responsible company that provides consulting services to clients in developing countries. Working with all stakeholders in the farm-to-cup supply chain provides an exciting perspective to the global coffee industry, especially when specialty coffee quality and consistency is a priority for the producers.

Jaime Fortuno of Café Zumbador visits Coffee Analysts

Coffee Analysts welcomed Mr. Jaime Fortuno Co-Founder of Café Zumbador to our laboratory.  Café Zumbador selects coffee from farms in the high mountain areas of Cordillera Central on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.  This specialty coffee is from old-style varietals including Bourbon and Porto Rico (Typica 401), as well as other modern varietals in the volcanic soil.

Mr. Jaime Fortuno Co-Founder of Café Zumbador

Mr. Jaime Fortuno Co-Founder of Café Zumbador