Tag Archive 'coffee_certifications'

Head barista: Andrea Illy of Illycaffè

Posted by TheShot on 28 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

From the print edition of The Economist, an article on Andrea Illy of Illycaffè: Face value | Head barista | Economist.com. Andrea Illy is the head of Trieste-based Illycaffè. And despite the standards gap between Italian espresso and the chain that made the most riches exporting their own version of it, Mr. Illy has only […]

Farmers question value of ‘responsible’ coffees

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

With coffee prices reaching new highs, suddenly the premiums that organic and Fair Trade coffee beans used to command are dwindling in comparison to the additional overhead required of growers. Or so suggests an article today from Reuters: Reuters AlertNet – FEATURE-Farmers question value of ‘responsible’ coffees. The article points out that coffee farmers that […]

Organic coffee loses appeal for Nicaragua growers

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Today Reuters reported on organic coffee’s diminishing financial appeal for Nicaraguan growers: Organic coffee loses appeal for Nicaragua growers | World Crises | Reuters.com. Organic coffee certification involves a process where a farm typically takes years to demonstrate itself “chemical free” (of pesticides, growth additives, etc.). Between this expense and the lower per-acre yields of […]

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 […]

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