Tag Archive 'environmentalism'

Mission Accomplished: Mankind’s first major step towards the disposable café

Posted by TheShot on 06 May 2014 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Home Brew, Machine, Starbucks

When not on my best of days, I’ll be the first to admit that I can sometimes be a sarcastic jerk. But even the most acrid sarcasm can be neutralized by a shocking dose of absurd reality. Case and point with this story in today’s Daily Mail: Grower’s Cup, World’s first DISPOSABLE ‘coffee machine’ lets […]

Nespresso and the definition of greenwashing

Posted by TheShot on 31 Jul 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

How ironic that an organization called GreeNow is now affiliated with a product line, Nespresso, that has defined a consumer lifestyle centered around maximum environmental and manufacturing waste by individually wrapping every single serving of coffee that they sell: GreeNow Powers New York Launch of New Nespresso CitiZ Machine. Nespresso calls it “highest-quality premium portioned […]

A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup

Posted by TheShot on 10 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society

From today’s Edmonton Journal, a café co-owner, Antonio Bilotta, has said “enough is enough” to the environmental waste of paper cups for take-out coffee beverages: A cup of coffee to go — and hold the cup. Quoting the article and Mr. Bilotta: “If your product is so good, then force the customers.” Bilotta wants to […]

VOA News – Good to the Last Drop: Coffee Culture Is Alive and Well in the US

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Café Society, Fair Trade, Starbucks

Today Voice of America News broadcast an executive summary of sorts on specialty coffee consumption in America: VOA News – Good to the Last Drop: Coffee Culture Is Alive and Well in the US. Like many things VOA, it’s spoken in slow and clearly annunciated English. Think the clinical drone of NPR presented at the […]

A verdict is in: ceramic not only tastes better, it’s more eco-friendly

Posted by TheShot on 11 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

Back in March I posted an article espousing the taste and espresso-drinking experience virtues of the ceramic cup: Green or not: lose the paper cup. I also poked a little fun at the inevitable “carbon footprint” debate that would follow — i.e., are disposable paper cups more environmentally friendly than a manufactured, regularly washed coffee […]

Green or not: lose the paper cup

Posted by TheShot on 20 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Of all the reasons to drink your espresso out of a for-here ceramic cup… in today’s Anchorage Daily News Bill Sherwonit professes doing so as part of his “move toward becoming a more responsible espresso drinker.” No, I’m not making this up: adn.com | life : Housecleaning tips: Begin with small steps and see where […]

Coffee fans buzzing about solar-powered roaster

Posted by TheShot on 20 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Roasting

Yesterday the USA Today published a story about two brothers from Medford, OR who built a business upon solar-powered coffee roasting: USATODAY.com – Coffee fans buzzing about solar-powered roaster. As if the organic, Fair Trade angle wasn’t enough … cafés may soon have to outdo each other’s environmental correctness with how their bean roasts are […]