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Trade Publications

We also write for magazines and websites not directly linked with tourism. Our work with STiR coffee and tea magazine connects us with growers, importers, roasters and other industry leaders around the world. Other publications include Tea Journey and the Oregon Wine Press.

Dan also manages the STiR website.

Below are some recent articles.




Starbucks’ Arrival May ‘Wake Up’ Italy

Starbucks’ announcement that it would open a roastery in Milan prompted skepticism in the mainstream media. In an informal survey, however, Italian importers, roasters, and café owners, support for the retailer’s arrival was nearly unanimous.

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Q&A: GIMA’s Lorenzo Maldarelli

GIMA, a division of the IMA Group in Bologna, Italy, is a leader in primary and secondary coffee packaging. Dan Shryock interviewed GIMA c.e.o. Lorenzo Maldarelli in October at the company’s Bologna offices to discuss the company’s growth, the recent acquisitions, and the future of single-serve coffee.

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Shop-Size Roasters

Former professional cyclist Christian Meier traded in his bicycle for a coffee roaster. That's not unusual. The growth of specialty coffee has turned many consumer connoisseurs into roasters seeking to make a perfect cup. And while there are no available industry studies, the growth of specialty coffee roasters is evident.

Photo credit: @paolopennimartellicycling

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Global Shipping Faces Rough Seas

This article focusing on the global shipping industry and its effect on the coffee industry appeared in the December 2015 issue of STiR Coffee & Tea Industry magazine.



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Q&A: Daniel Leads Alliance for Coffee Excellence

Darrin Daniel, a coffee industry professional for more than two decades, assumed leadership of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE) in January. He replaces Susie Spindler, who founded the organization in 1999 and retired in 2014 but returned a year later to right the ship after the organization seemed to lose direction.

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Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia

Hugh Jackman, an internationally known stage and screen actor, has long supported social and global economic causes. A journey to Ethiopia, however, changed things for the star whom children around the world know as “Wolverine” in the X-Men movie franchise.

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Q&A with a Coffee Industry Visionary

Dan attended the biennial HOST International Hospitality Exhibition in MIlan, Italy, on assignment with STiR Tea & Coffee magazine. While there, he sat down with Wim Abbing, CEO and managing partner of PROBAT-Werke, an industry leader in coffee roasting machines, roller mills, and ancillary equipment.

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