Resources for Coffee Professionals

Learning resources for specialty coffee professionals and enthusiasts including glossaries, guides, articles, eBooks and more covering different aspects of the specialty coffee supply chain.

Private Training

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Opportunities for learning at The Crown now include specialized one-on-one instruction.

Our team of coffee professionals are ready to take your skills to the next level in the topic of your choosing. Our on-site private trainings at The Crown make use of state-of-the-art coffee equipment in a setting designed specifically for learning. Off-site consultations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Check out the course descriptions below and set up a time for a phone call with your instructor: a 30-minute introductory conversation is included in the cost of the course to make sure your needs are heard and understood.

Classes & Events

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Live Classes

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Q Classes and Courses

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On Demand Classes

Books & Guides

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The Roaster’s Practical Guide to Coffee Blending

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Green Coffee Sample Feedback Guide

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Crisis Response Handbook

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Sustainability in Coffee: What Roasters & Consumers Should Know

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Specialty Coffee Bag Weights by Origin Reference Guide

The Royal Blog

Full-Pallet Promotion Picks

Full-Pallet Promotion Picks

Editor’s Note: You can view all of Chris’ pallet picks on one page here.   If I were running a coffee roasting business and saw Royal’s full pallet promotion, I’d be thrilled. I’d probably then visit Royal’s website only to be completely overwhelmed with the...

A Take on the Fairtrade Price Increase

A Take on the Fairtrade Price Increase

News has been making the rounds this week of Fairtrade International’s increase to prices paid for coffee, the first such announcement in more than a decade.  New pricing takes effect for contracts beginning on August 1, 2023, (it does not impact contracts drawn prior...

Rate of Rise – Where Do You Stand?

Rate of Rise – Where Do You Stand?

It’s been said that those who stand for nothing will fall into a constant state of decline.  As an outspoken critic of “my way or the highway” approaches to education and one-size-fits-all solutions to roasting and quality control concerns in specialty coffee, it may...


Green coffee beans

Green Coffee Glossary

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Roast Glossary

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Brew Glossary

The Crown Podcast

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About The Crown Podcast

Royal Coffee, Inc. is a green coffee importer serving the global coffee roasting community. Since 1978, Royal has connected coffee producers to coffee roasters. In 2019, Royal launched the highly anticipated project The Crown: Royal Coffee Lab & Tasting Room, an open-sourced coffee education center located in Oakland, California.

This podcast is an extension of the thoughts and happenings taking place within the larger network of Royal Coffee & The Crown. We hope you enjoy it!

Photographers at Origin

Weighing green coffee on a scale

Trying to find pictures of where your coffee came from? Need marketing materials? Consider hiring a local photojournalist.

This list is only a start, but for those of you looking for an honest and clear look at the places you buy coffee from, it can be an invaluable tool. The professional photographers listed here work with globally renowned publications to provide top level photojournalism. They are also current residents of (and in most cases, were born in) coffee producing countries.


Weighing green coffee on a scale

Visit our Webinar Library to learn more about green coffee, roasting, and more.