Tag Archive 'fair_trade'

High-end restaurants raise the Nespresso white flag: The cult of Nespresso

Posted by TheShot on 05 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

An article in yesterday’s Dublin Independent perhaps thought it was exalting the Nespresso espresso. However, it did more to underscore how clueless high-end restaurants are when it comes to espresso quality: The cult of Nespresso – Food & Drink, Lifestyle – Independent.ie. Pre-ground coffee that has aged for weeks in plastic pods since the second […]

The latest on Fair Trade’s mixed messages

Posted by TheShot on 01 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

For the latest installments that hash and rehash the pros and cons of Fair Trade, we turn to yesterday’s Oakland Tribune and today’s International Herald Tribune. The International Herald Tribune covered the big chains and the impact on some growers: ‘Fair trade’ certification yielding benefits for Brazilian coffee farmers – International Herald Tribune. Of particular […]

Never trust a product that makes an environmental or social justice claim

Posted by TheShot on 25 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

In the mixed feelings department, the Washington Business Journal recently reported on Counter Culture Coffee‘s newest regional training center in D.C.: Counter Culture Coffee opens training center in Adams Morgan – Washington Business Journal:. As with Counter Culture’s other training centers, it is designed to educate industry wonks and general consumers alike on coffee flavors […]

Time Out London – Eating & Drinking Awards winners 2007 – Best Coffee Bar

Posted by TheShot on 20 Sep 2007 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Time Out London just announced their votes for the best London area coffee bars for 2007: Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards winners – Features – Eating-and-drinking-awards-2007 – Time Out London. They named Fernandez & Welles as London’s finest this year — followed by Bullet, Flat White (pretty much Southern Hemisphere for café com leite), […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rogers Family Co.: Compassion drives coffee company’s success

Posted by TheShot on 15 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Roasting

Today InsideBayArea.com featured an article on Pete Rogers of the San Leandro-based Rogers Family Co.: Inside Bay Area – Compassion drives coffee company’s success. The article emphasized the Rogers Family Co.’s commitment to helping Central and South American coffee growers by buying directly from them and working to improve their living conditions. Most recently, Peter […]

Trip Report: Sundance Coffee @ 24th St.

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Local Brew

This second outlet of the locally owned and operated café chain opened with the 2007 New Year. It’s spacious, clean, and (like the original at 3rd & 20th Sts. in Dogpatch) has a Starbucks-like modern design. One of the things I really like about this stretch of 24th St. is that it has the cultural […]

Maxwell House coffee to go 100 pct arabica

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues, Robusta

Corporate spokespeople frequently speak volumes more in what’s left unsaid than in what they say. Take yesterday’s Reuters news release from The Big 4‘s Kraft Foods. Kraft’s flagship coffee, Maxwell House, has desensitized American coffee taste buds for decades. Kraft has just recently decided to use 100% arabica beans in Maxwell House’s cans of unholy […]

How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

Yesterday a friend of a friend (now living in Italy) posted in her blog on the variety of standard coffee offerings you can find at a typical Italian caffè: How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy — Ms. Adventures in Italy. Also included in the post are a variety of photos, instructions on how […]

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