Tag Archive 'coffee_beans'

Starbucks chairman sees gourmet coffee shortages

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Starbucks

Just when you think that Starbucks chairman, Howard Schultz, might be the last person left at the corporation who understands anything about good coffee, he makes boneheaded comments that dispel any chance of that happening again: Starbucks chairman sees gourmet coffee shortages | Reuters. Today in Mexico City, Mr. Schultz publicly predicted a global shortage […]

Fingerprinting Fake Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 04 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

According to ScienceDaily, researchers in Illinois have devised a method for detecting adulterated coffee supplies: ScienceDaily: Fingerprinting Fake Coffee. Along the coffee supply chain, unscrupulous profiteers regularly short-change customers by cutting the coffee with cereal grains (particularly corn), coffee twigs, and even brown sugar. Roasted corn has particularly high concentrations of vitamin E, and the […]

Re-Engineering Espresso: introducing Illy’s Hyper Espresso machine

Posted by TheShot on 31 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article on a new home espresso machine/system being introduced by Illycaffè next month: Re-Engineering Espresso – WSJ.com. Illy’s new coffee-pod-based machine/system is called Hyper Espresso — ‘hyper’ being a sort of European equivalent of ‘super’ (as in hypermarket shopping). The system consists of a custom machine (produced by Illy […]

Java quest: ‘Lost’ coffee found on Réunion island

Posted by TheShot on 14 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans

I’ve written before about how my personal rediscovery of the Maui Moka bean at the 2006 WRBC was, at least for me, something akin to finding a live dodo…or at least a ceolecanth. But a coffee that was presumed extinct for four years is one thing. One that has been presumed extinct for over 50 […]

When $600-a-pound Coffee Meets the Slow News Day

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Anthropologists really should take a closer look at the story of $600-a-pound coffee passed through Indonesian civet droppings, known as kopi luwak. This ‘news’ story has been repeatedly recycled across TV, newspapers, bloggers, and other media throughout the country for several years now — propagating like a Nigerian bank scam e-mail. And just like a […]

Malaysian News: Ipoh’s White Coffee, A Temptation Hard To Resist

Posted by TheShot on 22 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today the Malaysian National News Agency posted an article on a national specialty known as white coffee, associated with the city of Ipoh: Ipoh’s White Coffee, A Temptation Hard To Resist – Malaysian National News Agency :: BERNAMA. No, it’s not like the Thai or Vietnamese coffee made with condensed milk. Rather, it’s called “white […]

Mocha coffee: from ancient memories to global brand

Posted by TheShot on 11 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans

An article from yesterday’s Yemen Observer discusses the origins, characteristics, growing regions, and the naming ‘accident’ of Yemeni Mokha coffee: Mocha coffee: from ancient memories to global brand marketed by Al-Kbous as one of the oldest and most famous coffees of all time. Yemen Mokha is, of course, half of the infamous Moka Java blend. […]

Does “Fair Trade” imply everything else is “Unfair Trade”?

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

One of coffee’s big stories of the past year has been the seemingly sudden discovery and public awareness of Fair Trade coffee. Twenty years after the founding of Equal Exchange, Fair Trade coffee awareness reached critical mass this year in the U.S., the U.K., and many other nations around the world. This awareness began with […]

CoffeeGeek – Editor’s Choice Awards 2006 – Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 20 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

A couple days ago, CoffeeGeek.com announced their 2006 Editors’ Choice awards for espresso: CoffeeGeek – Editor’s Choice Awards 2006 – Espresso. Award categories include espresso machines in different price ranges, coffee grinders, bean blends, and espresso-making accessories. If you still need holiday gifts for that special coffee mutant in your life, get your credit card […]

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 […]

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