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Engineering the Perfect Cup of Coffee

In March, Café de Colombia—the Colombian National Coffee Federation—brought me to Colombia to learn more about coffee. It was awesome. Though they paid for my trip, they didn't require me to write anything or dictate what I wrote. Still, that is why … [Read More...]

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