Tag Archive 'coffee_certifications'

Italy moves to certify the Italian espresso

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Continuing the story on Italy’s (seemingly retroactive) efforts to standardize and certify the espresso, England’s Channel 4 reported yesterday that a member of the Italian parliament and head of Italy’s agricultural commission, Marco Lion, proposed a bill to set a espresso “gold standard”: Channel 4 – News – Coffee: A nation’s obsession. According to the […]

The Inconvenient Truth About Fair Trade

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

Although Fair Trade coffee has been around since the 1980s, it wasn’t until the past couple of years that it received heavy airplay. And unless you’ve been reading a rare opinion, such as this one (or the rare reader of The Economist), you’d think that to question the value and effectiveness of Fair Trade certification […]

All’s not always ‘fair’ in coffee labeling

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

Today’s Chicago Tribune published an article that briefly compared Fair Trade, Direct Trade, and a number of their socially conscious coffee bretheren: All’s not always ‘fair’ in coffee labeling | Chicago Tribune. It’s about time the mainstream media tried to clear the air and dispel some accepted myths about certifications and labelling. In specific, the […]

Bean Counting: The Pros and Cons of Fair-Trade Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Today’s Santa Barbara Independent published one of the more informed, and hence balanced, views of Fair Trade coffee I’ve seen in the past year: The Santa Barbara Independent :: cover story :: Bean Counting. By choosing Fair Trade coffee, you’re essentially outsourcing your ethical decisions to a third party proxy. All is well and good […]

Dealing with coffee customers: Certified Coffee Pusher

Posted by TheShot on 26 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Fair Trade

Some of you may recall just how much the zombie children of the Fair Trade cult scare the bejeezus outta me. Ritual Coffee Roasters barista, Gabriel Boscana, wrote a much more tactful and civil approach to these single-issue customers in this month’s issue of Barista Magazine: FebMarch 07 – Certified Coffee Pusher. It was oddly […]

Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today the Chicagoist blog published an interview with Intelligentsia founder and CEO, Doug Zell: Chicagoist: Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell. Intelligentsia not only boasts some of the best roasted coffee in the country, and the reigning U.S. barista champion from one of their cafés, but they also helped set a […]

Canada: Fair trade supporters seek federal regulation

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

According to an article today published by the CBC News, more than one million pounds of coffee sold in Canada with “Fair Trade” labels last year were fakes: Fair trade supporters seek federal regulation. Lacking certification from the Canadian organization that independently audits and certifies Fair Trade goods, many of these certification labels on the […]

Italy: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Quality Issues

The Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano (INEI), or the National Italian Espresso Institute, was born with the certification of quality standards for the Italian Espresso in 1998. Today they announced new certification standards for the Cappuccino: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – News In English – Italian Products: Cappuccino Obtains Certificate of Quality. Organizations such as the INEI […]

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 […]

12 Best Cups of Coffee of 2006

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

In the most recent issue of Fast Company, they named Coffee Klatch Belle Espresso blend among the “12 Best Cups of Coffee of 2006″: Fast Company Magazine | 12 Best Cups of Coffee of 2006. The coffees were reviewed by noneother than Kenneth Davids of coffeereview.com. This blend, the only espresso blend on this list, […]

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