Of interest while I was away

James Hoffmann triumphs in Tokyo to become the first English winner of the World Barista Championship. Congratulations, James!

Also in Japan, an appearance of miracle fruit in the dessert course at a restaurant practicing molecular gastronomy.

Edmonton coffee shop owner Antonio Bilotta eliminates disposable cups.

David Boaz picks apart media bias in the CAFE standards debate.

German entrepreneur wants to bring smoking back to the luxury skies.

Jonathan Forester discusses pear liqueur.

Houston icon and my childhood favorite TV reporter Marvin Zindler dies.

DC Metro may cut off late night weekend service.