Culture Cooler.: February’s Bon Appetit, Münn’s the Word, Specialty Coffee Takes Nashville. Jan.13.

2020 vision

Bon Appetit February 2020 cover


In the February 2020 issue of Bon Appetit Mag, Drinks editor Alex Delaney, writes about how one can buy better coffee. Among praising the virtue of choice and choosing coffee that is better in terms of roast and flavor, Delaney adds packaging into the better coffee conversation.

”We don’t need beans in a bag in a box wrapped in plastic. There should be two elements to a bag of coffee. The bag and the beans. Anything else is superfluous. Minimize trash!”

For this issue, which focuses on “what’s “now” “in the world of food and drink, wasting less and minimizing our footprint is so now, today, tomorrow and this decade.

This culture is all about less waste now:  today, tomorrow and this decade.


Nashville, Tennessee

The Specialty Coffee Association held its second round of qualifiers for its annual competition circuit this past weekend in Nashville, Tennessee.

In its own words, the competitions “bring together competitors from multiple regions to compete in five unique competitions.” These competitions include heats for baristas, roasters, and brewers across half a dozen named categories.

While professionals in industry have their picks, and friends of competitors have their fan favorites, winners are judged based upon a defined set of rules that goes beyond being liked by their peers or favored by customers at respective cafes.  Likened to the Oscars of coffee, the competitions allow baristas of all backgrounds to be scored on standards of excellence with coffee, milk, spirits through presentation as set forth in competitor guidelines.

An eventual winner, will become a precious jewel in a community of gems serving the people of the United States. The top three placers were returning U.S. Champ Sam Spillman (Dillanos Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA), Chelsea Kallman (Stay Golden Coffee Co. Nashville, TN), and Avery Kieth (Huckleberry Coffee Roasters, Denver, CO). To see the full rankings from this weekend visit here.


Seoul good.

MunnSeoul, Autyum/Winter 2020 Collection

The top of the year means a fashion week for the men’s category. As sustainability becomes more of something to implement than just a trending word to add to a press junket, fashion labels are making environmentally sensitive moves with their seasonal offerings via Seoul, Korea.

Seoul-based Münn was first up. Its sustainable collection made use of everything from old rubber tires to coffee bean bags in their collections.”

View the entire collection and its bags here.