Tag Archive 'coffee_growers'

Hurting the third world one latte at a time

Posted by TheShot on 27 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Today the Chicago Maroon, an independent student newspaper of the University of Chicago, published a curious indictment of the Fair Trade movement: Chicago Maroon » Hurting the third world one latte at a time. Being the University of Chicago, the author takes a more world economic view of the issue. While I completely disagree with […]

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. […]

World Rediscovers Joy of Drinking Brazilian Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 22 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew

Today Brazzil Magazine posted an article on Brazil’s coffee resurgence in coffee within the past several years: Brazil – Brazzil Magazine – World Rediscovers Joy of Drinking Brazilian Coffee. The author credits this resurgence to quality gains, increases in production, and, oddly enough, positive news regarding health concerns over coffee. Brazilian crop yields have improved […]

Kona purists win Big Island vote

Posted by TheShot on 21 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

Supporting the idea that consumers are willing to vote for better quality coffee with their pocketbooks, the Hawaii County Council voted 8-1 in favor of requiring coffee labelled as a “Kona blend” to contain a minimum of 75% Kona coffee instead of the current 10% requirement: Kona purists win Big Island vote – Pacific Business […]

Vietnamese arabica coffee project facing failure

Posted by TheShot on 13 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Robusta

In response to the precipitous rise of specialty coffee in recent years, coffee’s traditional Big Four (Nestlé, Sara Lee, Kraft, and Proctor & Gamble) — rather than compete by raising their quality standards — responded instead by seeking cheaper bean stocks to squeeze out more profits. The Vietnamese robusta coffee market rode the wave of […]

Brazilian drought leaves coffee crop high and dry

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

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “They got a lot of coffee in Brazil”. However, the driest winter in two decades is threatening to drop next year’s crop yield by almost a third: Brazilian drought leaves coffee crop high and dry | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle. As the reality of global climate change sinks in, one […]

At Kona’s coffee farms, visitors may linger over … Paradise in a cup

Posted by TheShot on 01 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew

Today’s Inside Bay Area published an article from the Los Angeles Daily News on Kona coffee tours: Inside Bay Area – At Kona’s coffee farms, visitors may linger over … Paradise in a cup. The article discusses a little about the Kona growing region and its history. The Kona region on the Big Island of […]

Buzz over coffee has come back to Kaanapali

Posted by TheShot on 09 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Here’s an update for the fellow home roaster geeks who have lamented the demise of Hawaii’s Ka’anapali Farm … from today’s The Maui News: Buzz over coffee has come back to Kaanapali. As reported here in March, I first spotted the return of the Maui Moka bean — easily my favorite bean stock for homemade […]

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 […]

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