Tag Archive 'organic_coffee'

Trip Report: Toby’s Coffee Bar (Point Reyes Station, CA)

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jan 2012 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Foreign Brew

A New Year’s Non-Resolution? First, a Happy New Year to everyone. I may be in the camp that believes celebrating January 1 is about as arbitrary as celebrating March 6 as “New Year’s Day,” but I can still appreciate much of the sentiment behind it. Namely: leaving the past behind and trying to set a […]

Trip Report: Origin Coffee Roasting (Cape Town, South Africa)

Posted by TheShot on 12 Jul 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Barista, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues, Roasting

Among coffee aficionados in town, quality artisan coffee originates with Origin. Opening in 2006 in a more modest space, this place changed the face of coffee in Cape Town if not South Africa. Since its expansion, it is now three transparent levels of coffee, café, roasting, regional Synesso distributor, and barista training labs. If that […]

Organic coffee: Why Latin America’s farmers are abandoning it

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jan 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Last week the Christian Science Monitor published an article highlighting the economic pressures on Latin America’s organic coffee farmers: Organic coffee: Why Latin America’s farmers are abandoning it / The Christian Science Monitor – CSMonitor.com. Just as Fair Trade designed their program to attract coffee growers through the promise of financial incentives, once they made […]

Trip Report: Whole Foods Market @ Potrero Hill

Posted by TheShot on 02 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew

We don’t reserve our Trip Reports for just the finer examples of retail espresso. As our database shows, we learn from forgettable and even wretched espresso shots. Falling somewhere between the two is Whole Foods Market. Their Potrero Hill location had to be a bit of a construction project, with a parking garage underneath the […]

All Starbucks UK coffee to be Fairtrade, or: when you can’t beat ‘em, guilt ‘em

Posted by TheShot on 26 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Starbucks

As Starbucks‘ future looks ever bleaker and bleaker, CEO Howard Schultz continues his maniacal lever-pulling atop Starbucks’ runaway corporate bulldozer. After shedding themselves of music, movies, and books, they’ve tried everything from an online suggestion box and free coffee promotions to membership cards to less expensive (“daily”) roasts and smoothies. Mr. Schultz’s latest lever pull […]

Digital City’s “The 21 Best Cups of Coffee in America”

Posted by TheShot on 02 Oct 2008 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

To the uninitiated, CoffeeRatings.com might look more like a horse racing tip sheet than a coffee Web site. But there are very good reasons why we’ve gone through the effort to quantify things. Just look at the chaos that can ensue when you don’t follow a system nor a simple baseline set of evaluation criteria: […]

Trip Report: L’s Caffé

Posted by TheShot on 19 Jul 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

This casual café run by Mission locals lives across the street from the slightly newer, and trendier, Sugarlump. That detail alone contributes to an unusual social “halo” surrounding this café — one that forgives the many sins it commits against good coffee. To be honest, the espresso here is quite dreadful. But this place is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bean Counting: The Pros and Cons of Fair-Trade Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Today’s Santa Barbara Independent published one of the more informed, and hence balanced, views of Fair Trade coffee I’ve seen in the past year: The Santa Barbara Independent :: cover story :: Bean Counting. By choosing Fair Trade coffee, you’re essentially outsourcing your ethical decisions to a third party proxy. All is well and good […]

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