Java aficionados are tasting coffees side-by-side to learn the differences between flavors, writes Layla Schlack. Brooklyn's Fare and Folk, for instance, offers flights that showcase not only varying bean styles but also alternate brewing methods.
A giant clam called geoduck is native to the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and chef Kotaro Kumita said it is "the sweetest clam in the ocean." He highlights the local clams on the omakase menu at Seattle restaurant Wataru, where they are one of the only seafood items not flown in from Tokyo.
Amarone wines from northeastern Italy tend to show the winemaker's choices very clearly, including decisions about how long the grapes are dried in the process, Ellie Douglas writes. Those decisions are reflected in the wine's aromatic and peppery qualities, she writes.
The increasing number of people following vegan diets could pose a challenge to the wine industry, which hasn't yet established regulations for which fining agents must be noted on labeling, Chris Boiling writes. "I suspect that quite a lot of wine is vegan but the producer doesn't necessarily put it on the label," said Kristin Syltevik of England's Oxney Organic Estate.
The recent San Antonio Cocktail Conference included seminars that placed a spotlight on one of the hot producers of export liquors, Mexico. One seminar focused on the differences among varieties of mezcal, while another toured the different spirits and flavors from around the country.
Antonio Galloni will make his wine review platform, Vinuous, quite different from the work of his mentor, Robert Parker, he said. For one thing, both Galloni and reviewer Neal Martin sometimes will offer differing reviews on the same wine.
The craft cocktail movement has created new appreciation for quality vermouth, but there's still room to grow, according to Roberto Bava, who relaunched Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino seven years ago. Bava is hoping to convince more tastemakers to see vermouth as something to be enjoyed straight rather than only as a mixer.
After American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault steps down from his position Feb. 1, there will be only three black CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, according to data from the Huffington Post. Currently, black men and women hold less than 7% of the 16.2 million management positions in the US.
H&M, a Swedish multinational clothing-retail company, received backlash in response to a recent ad featuring a black boy wearing a hoodie with the words "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" on the front. Twitter users called the company out for racial insensitivity, and although H&M has taken the ad down and apologized, the retailer is still feeling the effects, with brand collaborator The Weeknd cutting ties as a result.
Companies that fulfill certain diversity characteristics tend to release more products and be more resilient than their peers, according to university research. Diverse companies have a broader range of viewpoints to draw from, and they can recruit from a larger pool of talent, researchers say.