Tag Archive 'big_four_coffee'

Viet Nam News: Coffee quality drops off alarmingly

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

Here’s a shocker. In today’s news, Vietnam seems to have suddenly discovered that much of their coffee is of utter crap quality: Viet Nam News | Coffee quality drops off alarmingly. What’s curious is that the article seems taken aback by the discovery that Vietnamese coffee might not be the richest coffee in the world, […]

Next hot commodity? Arabica coffee beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Robusta

Although expectations of record robusta coffee bean prices were set months ago, it wasn’t until last month that the price of robusta reached a seven-year high in London. What’s next? Some say arabica beans, according to an article in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Next hot commodity? Arabica coffee beans. With record robusta prices hitting the pocketbooks […]

Tempting the Traditional Coffee Drinker to Move Up

Posted by TheShot on 22 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Robusta

Today’s New York Times reports that Folgers is planning a $20 million advertising campaign on a new line of “gourmet” Folgers: Tempting the Traditional Coffee Drinker to Move Up – New York Times. It seems that even Proctor & Gamble can no longer ignore the McDonald’s effect. However, what’s not clear is if consumers will […]

The dark story of poverty in your coffee cup

Posted by TheShot on 05 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Robusta

Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on: The dark story of poverty in your coffee cup. In particular, it discusses the coffee paradox — i.e., how there could be a coffee boom in the consuming countries at the same time as a coffee crisis in the producing countries. Despite citing the impacts of the Vietnamese robusta glut […]

Sara Lee US Retail Coffee Brands Purchased by Segafredo Zanetti Coffee Group

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans

This just in from Yahoo! Finance: Sara Lee US Retail Coffee Brands Purchased by Segafredo Zanetti Coffee Group. The Segafredo Zanetti Coffee Group is a relatively upscale brand. Particularly in this country. So what the heck are they doing buying out one of The Big Four — the world’s quadumvirate of crude, mass production coffee? […]

How the French Ruined Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Nov 2005 | Filed under: Café Society, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Roasting, Robusta

Vive Le Burnt Tires! When people think of France, and Paris in particular, they most often think of grand boulevards, beautiful architecture, beautiful people, high French cuisine, and the sidewalk café lifestyle. What they often don’t associate with it is black, bitter coffee made from some of the world’s crudest coffee beans, roasted in the […]

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