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  • Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with “Life’s a Grind”

    life's a grind

    When I was a kid, my favorite part of the newspaper was the comics. Now that I’m an adult—well, it’s still the comics. But, like Dr. Egon Spengler once said, “Print is dead,” and everything is going digital—books, magazines, periodicals, journals, newspapers, even the Sunday funnies! This transition, though, has given rise to the webcomic. […]

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  • Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with the Editors of Sprudge

    If you’re a coffee lover and/or a social media savant, odds are, you follow Sprudge religiously. Sprudge is, after all, the single most comprehensive database of coffee news and general awesomeness on the Internet. It’s updated daily with posts about coffee, news, coffee events, videos, lists, infographics—you name it. It’s the veritable cat’s pajamas of […]

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  • A Roaster by Any Other Name

    What was it that the Bard, Bill Shakespeare, once wrote? “A roaster by any other name is still a roaster”? I know it goes something like that, anyway. Contrarily, Hubert H. Humphrey retorted, “In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what […]

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  • Pull up a Chair: a Conversation with New Gotham Coffee Community

    You hear it and see it both ways: coffee is competitive, cut-throat, snobby, exclusive, and egocentric; or coffee is collaborative, bond-forming, friendly, and inspirational. In my years in the coffee industry I’ve certainly encountered both types of coffee people—sometimes even inside the same shop! Here in Chicago, one group has recently emerged to wave the […]