Tag Archive 'coffee_pricing'

Rating and Grading: Does it matter for specialty coffee consumers?

Posted by TheShot on 26 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

This month’s issue of the trade rag CoffeeTalk posed the question of standardized specialty coffee ratings and grades as an aid to consumers: Toward standardized specialty coffee ratings and grading [PDF, page 8, 7.6Mb]. The article opens with mention of $130 a pound Hacienda Esmeralda Geisha. It then questions how retailers and consumers can inject […]

Fair-trade coffee price unchanged after 10 years

Posted by TheShot on 17 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

While the relentless drumbeat of blindly obedient Fair Trade support continues — vilifying anything that isn’t certified Fair Trade — we have yet another reason why it doesn’t exactly achieve the results consumers may be expecting. Yesterday’s National Post (Canada) reported on how the minimum prices paid to Fair Trade co-operatives have not changed in […]

Fingerprinting Fake Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 04 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues

According to ScienceDaily, researchers in Illinois have devised a method for detecting adulterated coffee supplies: ScienceDaily: Fingerprinting Fake Coffee. Along the coffee supply chain, unscrupulous profiteers regularly short-change customers by cutting the coffee with cereal grains (particularly corn), coffee twigs, and even brown sugar. Roasted corn has particularly high concentrations of vitamin E, and the […]

Cup of Coffee or New Turbo?

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

Several years ago, the Dr. Phil wannabes of personal finance were rubbing elbow patches at their annual convention. Between nibbles of the mealy hotel melon salad, they all agreed to start putting the word out that small daily expenses add up to big bucks. It was genius: personal finance gurus everywhere had found their theme […]

When journalists do the math, Starbucks has nowhere to hide

Posted by TheShot on 03 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

The state of professional journalism’s credibility in this country must truly be at an all-time low. Now I don’t think this because of all the blowhard bloggers who believe that any monkey with a keyboard can do the same job as any professional journalist. But it is stories like The Sacramento Bee‘s May 23 “investigative […]

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 […]

The Coffee Divide – Or: At What Price Coffee?

Posted by TheShot on 27 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

There are few things that illustrate the great divide between the old, traditional way of looking at coffee and something of a more recent way than reactions to the price of coffee. (Neither way of which is more or less correct than the other, mind you.) On the one hand, we have the new psychology […]

Baristas are having a cow over dairy

Posted by TheShot on 13 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends

The lengths some people will go to save a buck… This story was cited in a few publications around Seattle yesterday (this version from The Seattle Times): The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Baristas are having a cow over dairy “thefts”. It seems some baristas are up in arms over the covert, money-saving habit of […]

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 […]

Next hot commodity? Arabica coffee beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Robusta

Although expectations of record robusta coffee bean prices were set months ago, it wasn’t until last month that the price of robusta reached a seven-year high in London. What’s next? Some say arabica beans, according to an article in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Next hot commodity? Arabica coffee beans. With record robusta prices hitting the pocketbooks […]

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