Tag Archive 'organic_coffee'

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 […]

Dealing with coffee customers: Certified Coffee Pusher

Posted by TheShot on 26 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Fair Trade

Some of you may recall just how much the zombie children of the Fair Trade cult scare the bejeezus outta me. Ritual Coffee Roasters barista, Gabriel Boscana, wrote a much more tactful and civil approach to these single-issue customers in this month’s issue of Barista Magazine: FebMarch 07 – Certified Coffee Pusher. It was oddly […]

Trip Report: Lettüs Café Organic

Posted by TheShot on 15 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Local Brew

The umlaut in the name might suggest a 1980’s metal band (pronounced ‘let-TOOOSE‘?), but this place is actually an ultra-organic café. It follows the trend of ‘preachy’ eateries that cross the line from espousing sustainable, organic agriculture to slapping you across the face with it. Now I apprciate the Slow Food movement as much as […]

Trip Report: Cafe Los Olvidados

Posted by TheShot on 29 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Some of the enjoyment I get adding new cafés to CoffeeRatings.com is in finding completely obscure places that make surprisingly decent (though never great) espresso. Last Saturday night I was visiting some friends for an event over at the ArtSF community center near the sketchier cross section of 16th and Capp Streets in the Mission. […]

Trip Report: NaS Coffee @ Rincon Center

Posted by TheShot on 28 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Local Brew

Deep inside Rincon Center One (now how apocalyptic does that sound?), this espresso counter serves coffee among the food court seating. It’s right next to the indoor, five-story “Rain Column” waterfall — so if you can find the insides of building, you won’t miss it. NaS uses a portable boom box of sorts to play […]

Organic coffee loses appeal for Nicaragua growers

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Today Reuters reported on organic coffee’s diminishing financial appeal for Nicaraguan growers: Organic coffee loses appeal for Nicaragua growers | World Crises | Reuters.com. Organic coffee certification involves a process where a farm typically takes years to demonstrate itself “chemical free” (of pesticides, growth additives, etc.). Between this expense and the lower per-acre yields of […]

Coffee book release event at Ritual Coffee Roasters, June 1

Posted by TheShot on 31 May 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Local Brew

In the shameless press-release-as-news-item department, today’s San Francisco Chronicle ran an article by Gregory Dicum promoting the new edition of his new book, The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry From Crop to the Last Drop (GREEN / A Cup of Hope: Coffee’s Lessons). The article is actually a nice briefing on the past ten […]

Trip Report: The Organic Coffee Co.

Posted by TheShot on 06 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Local Brew

Opening just this month, this café was started by The Rogers Family Company (perhaps best known for their ‘inorganic’ and dirt cheap San Francisco Bay Coffee Co. beans, available at Costco) and other investors. It’s heavy on the Fair Trade organic coffees, and that’s just where its social causes begin. They heavily brand their devotion […]

Trip Report: Alvin’s Scrumptious Coffees & Teas

Posted by TheShot on 14 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Local Brew, Roasting

Alvin Azadkhanian is something of an SF institution amidst the ever industrialized approach of coffee roasting and serving. This unassuming storefront/café has a few plastic sidewalk tables & chairs out front under awnings and a few simple diner tables inside. They sell everything from Bodum Santos vac pots, La Pavoni Europiccola machines, many organic roasts […]

Trip Report: Coffee to the People

Posted by TheShot on 13 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Local Brew, Roasting

Fair Trade, organic coffee drinkers unite! This former Holey Bagel shop has earned an extremely loyal (dare I even suggest “partially blind”?) following in the central Haight district. On their front door, they boast themselves as the #1 coffee shop in San Francisco on the basis of their reviews on Yelp.com. So they must be […]

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