Tag Archive 'coffee_beans'

The journey of a coffee bean

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

Yesterday the Manila Standard Today published a brief, introductory article on the lifecycle of a coffee bean: Philippines News – Manila Standard Today – The journey of a coffee bean – july05_2006. It’s written from the perspective of Nescafé, which is part of the scary Big Four, and from the perspective of producing the lower […]

A trickle-down approach benefits coffee growers

Posted by TheShot on 21 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

Cup of Excellence season is in full swing. As a follow-up to yesterday’s El Salvador Cup of Excellence post, today’s International Herald Tribune published a business article on the economics of Cup of Excellence coffee: A trickle-down approach benefits coffee growers – Business – International Herald Tribune. This article starts with Nicaragua’s 2006 Cup of […]

El Salvador Cup of Excellence

Posted by TheShot on 20 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

Today’s Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) features an article on the El Salvador Cup of Excellence competition: Coffee connoisseur | LJWorld.com. The competition enables growers to set aside their best beans and submit them for judging — ultimately in the hope of attaining a top auction prices offered by roasters. By selling premium beans directly to roasters, […]

Panamanian specialty coffee smashes world price record

Posted by TheShot on 01 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Canada’s The Globe & Mail reported today that a Panamanian coffee, a little-known Coffea Arabica cultivar called Geisha, received a world record auction price at $50.25 a pound (and this is for unroasted green beans, folks): globeandmail.com : Panamanian specialty coffee smashes world price record. A lot of this year’s Geisha rated at 94.6 pts […]

Colombian coffee icon steps down

Posted by TheShot on 31 May 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends

Carlos Sanchez, 71, who portrayed Colombia coffee’s Juan Valdez for 37 years, recently announced his retirement: BBC NEWS | Americas | Colombian coffee icon steps down. But with Colombia coffee producers having already invested so much in their brand iconography (not to mention Juan Valdez-branded cafés in the U.S.), the successor to Mr. Sanchez will […]

Coffee supply crisis on horizon for 2007

Posted by TheShot on 29 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Beans

New forecasts continue to suggest an upcoming shortage of coffee stocks due to increasing consumer demand and declining bean stocks in a few key regions: Coffee supply crisis on horizon for 2007 | Reuters.com. While some of the more mystic types are busy correlating coffee supplies to sunspot activity, futures analysts are projecting a continuing […]

Third Wave Coffee, or First Wave Pompousness?

Posted by TheShot on 22 Apr 2006 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

I have a lot of respect for Nick Cho, owner of Washington D.C.’s murky coffee. He’s established a place that pulls some of the best espresso shots on the East Coast. He’s arguably the primary brainchild behind the Portafilter.net podcasts. And he’s also known for his quality coffee industry “altruism”: supporting aspiring baristas and café […]

Jamaica’s Coffee Makers Perk Up, Fighting Off Knockoffs and a Storm

Posted by TheShot on 26 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Today’s Los Angeles Times reports on the current state of the elite Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee bean in light of Hurricane Ivan damage and the insurgence of counterfeiters: Jamaica’s Coffee Makers Perk Up, Fighting Off Knockoffs and a Storm – Los Angeles Times. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee carries a lot of name brand recognition — […]

Trip Report: Philz Coffee @ 18th St.

Posted by TheShot on 15 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

A year ago or so, owner Phil Jabar started serving coffee as “Philz Coffee” at the former Gateway Market at Folsom & 24th Sts. This newer location opened more recently (January 2006), and it has as loyal a local following as the original shop. Business here started slow, though, and has picked up more recently […]

Trip Report: Alvin’s Scrumptious Coffees & Teas

Posted by TheShot on 14 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Alvin Azadkhanian is something of an SF institution amidst the ever industrialized approach of coffee roasting and serving. This unassuming storefront/café has a few plastic sidewalk tables & chairs out front under awnings and a few simple diner tables inside. They sell everything from Bodum Santos vac pots, La Pavoni Europiccola machines, many organic roasts […]

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