Tag Archive 'coffee_growers'

Fair Trade: The coffee connection

Posted by TheShot on 14 May 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Robusta

Today’s The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) featured a rather lengthy and balanced story on Fair Trade coffee: The coffee connection. Many small-market coffee growers face an enormous challenge to earn a living wage in an increasingly competitive world market. To tell this global story, the article presents the issues from the perspective of a coffee farmer […]

Emerging middle classes wake up to coffee

Posted by TheShot on 20 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Robusta

According to an article from Reuters UK, the new middle classes in Brazil, Russia, China, and other emerging economies are driving up the demand for coffee: Emerging middle classes wake up to coffee. The growing middle class in these emerging economies seems to be looking West to influence their beverage habits and lifestyles (oh, do […]

The real meaning of Fair Trade coffee

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

Reason magazine recently published an excellent article on the history of Fair Trade coffee and the complicated web that has evolved around it over the years: Reason: Absolution in Your Cup: The real meaning of Fair Trade coffee by Kerry Howley Starting at the roots of the American Fair Trade coffee movement — at a […]

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 […]

Measure to restrict use of Kona coffee label shot down

Posted by TheShot on 04 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Today the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported that a measure to greatly restrict the definition of what gets labelled “Kona” coffee was rejected by a voting council: New board already may be shifting coffee group’s mission. The Kona Coffee Council decided not to support bills intended to create stricter standards for use of the Kona label. Currently, […]

After seeing coffee doc, Utah doc pays for school

Posted by TheShot on 27 Jan 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Canada’s The Globe and Mail reports that a showing of the documentary film, Black Gold, at the Sundance Film Festival this week motivated a viewer to charity: After seeing coffee doc, Utah doc pays for school. The documentary depicts the disparity between rising coffee prices and declining earnings of the world’s coffee growers. Tweet

Puerto Rico coffee growers not picky

Posted by TheShot on 26 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Beans

The Chicago Tribune reports that Puerto Rico has turned to welfare recipients and prison inmates to help fill their labor shortage of coffee pickers: Chicago Tribune | Puerto Rico coffee growers not picky. Puerto Rican high-end haciendas, akin to Costa Rica’s famous La Minita, have fared well as boutique growers of excellent island-style coffees. However, […]

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