Tag Archive 'coffee_growers'

To Burundi and Beyond for Coffee’s Holy Grail

Posted by TheShot on 12 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Today’s New York Times featured an article on how the upper echelon of coffee roasters pursue the finest cup the world over: To Burundi and Beyond for Coffee’s Holy Grail – New York Times. Introducing a number of America’s celebrity roasters, including Stumptown and Intelligentsia, the article touches on some of the key tools of […]

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 […]

Brazil to be world’s greatest coffee consumer market, association forecasts

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

As posted today by the Brazil-Arab News Agency, the Brazilian Coffee Industry Association (ABIC) forecasts that Brazil will unseat the USA as the coffee consumption capital of the world by the year 2010: Brazil to be world’s greatest coffee consumer market, association forecasts – ANBA. According to a report released yesterday, Brazilian coffee consumption is […]

Coffee workers in India paid 32% more than tea workers

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Fair Trade

In a previous article, I made the curious observation that coffee has become a lightning rod for social and environmental angst in a way that is disproportionate with just about any other export. (As if nobody buys children’s toys or clothing from Wal-Mart.) As a point of comparison, I noted that while we obsess over […]

Coffee catches on in a nation of tea drinkers

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

Earlier this year, we wrote about the growing consumer appetite for coffee in China. Today’s The Vancouver Sun published an article on coffee grown in China for domestic use and international export: Coffee catches on in a nation of tea drinkers. In particular, there’s a growing interest in quality arabica beans from Yunnan province in […]

Tracking the true cost of coffee

Posted by TheShot on 10 May 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

BBC World Service radio recently aired a program (make that programme) that tracked a kilogram of coffee from its origins at an Ethiopian coffee farm to retail coffee houses in the Western world: BBC NEWS | Business | Tracking the true cost of coffee. The article mentions the gross imbalance in the distribution of profits […]

Towards a segmented quality coffee market

Posted by TheShot on 27 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

The April 2007 issue of Coffee Talk primarily focused on the annual SCAA conference next month. The most interesting article comes from George Howell, president of Terroir Coffee Company, who wrote about the state of the world’s quality coffee supplies: Towards a segmented quality coffee market [PDF file, page 8]. With the growing public awareness […]

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 […]

Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee

Posted by TheShot on 01 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew

Last Thursday, the Chicago Tribune published an article on Ethiopia and its intimate relationship with coffee — both as a producing and a consuming nation: Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee | Chicago Tribune. The Tribune also published a related photo gallery and a brief history of the bean and beverage. However, that an article on […]

Malabar coffee set to get Geographic Indication mark

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans

In the news today from Bangalore, India has applied for a Geographic Indication (GI) for Monsooned Malabar coffee: Malabar coffee set to get GI brand : Malabar Coffee, Monsooned Malabars, Geographic Indication mark, GI : IBNLive.com : CNN-IBN. Some love the stuff, others can’t stand its “funkiness” at times. Whatever it is, it makes a […]

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