Tag Archive 'Robusta'

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 […]

What makes coffee bitter?

Posted by TheShot on 06 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Quality Issues, Robusta

Last week, C. Clairborne Ray of the New York Times answered this question as part of the paper’s Q&A feature: bookofjoe: What makes coffee bitter?. (I’m citing it on another blogger’s post instead of the original NY Times source — in case you are religiously opposed to NYT logins.) As the article states, coffee is […]

Upscale coffee selections brewing at more hotels

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee

According to an article in today’s USA Today, hotels are still slowly catching up on the rest of society when it comes to serving better quality coffee: Upscale coffee selections brewing at more hotels – USATODAY.com. As the article opens, “Good coffee is the next big thing at hotels.” Business travelers, accustomed to better coffee […]

Green Coffee capsules – all the weight loss benefits, none of the bitter taste!

Posted by TheShot on 18 May 2007 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Robusta

The uncontrollable urge to assign shamanic powers of eternal life or instant death to coffee are still in full bloom. Last December, we reported on the UK introduction of CoffeeSlender (a.k.a. Café Bulimia), a coffee drink that claimed to help consumers lose weight through something called Svetol — a derivative of green coffee beans. Today […]

David Lebovitz: Making Perfect Espresso at Illy

Posted by TheShot on 21 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Robusta

David Lebovitz is a fairly well-known pastry chef and foodie who launched his career through a long tour of duty at Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Lately he’s taken on a great interest in making the kind of espresso he can get in Italy — but not in the U.S. as easily. Following his pursuit of […]

Hurting the third world one latte at a time

Posted by TheShot on 27 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

Today the Chicago Maroon, an independent student newspaper of the University of Chicago, published a curious indictment of the Fair Trade movement: Chicago Maroon » Hurting the third world one latte at a time. Being the University of Chicago, the author takes a more world economic view of the issue. While I completely disagree with […]

Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor

Posted by TheShot on 11 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution nails it with this article headline: Espresso done right is intense — a full-bodied, stop-time moment to savor | ajc.com. Somewhat surprisingly, what follows the headline isn’t half bad either. The author, John Kessler, goes on to note how rare a decent espresso is in this country — and in fancy restaurants […]

McDonald’s brews up £1m fair trade deal – and wields it as a marketing weapon

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Yesterday’s Sunday Times (London) ran a story concerning McDonald’s UK’s announcement of a coffee supply partnership with the Rainforest Alliance: McDonald’s brews up £1m fair trade deal – Sunday Times – Times Online. At first read, I opted not to add a blog entry on how the Rainforest Alliance served as another alternative example to […]

Vietnamese arabica coffee project facing failure

Posted by TheShot on 13 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Robusta

In response to the precipitous rise of specialty coffee in recent years, coffee’s traditional Big Four (Nestlé, Sara Lee, Kraft, and Proctor & Gamble) — rather than compete by raising their quality standards — responded instead by seeking cheaper bean stocks to squeeze out more profits. The Vietnamese robusta coffee market rode the wave of […]

Brazilian drought leaves coffee crop high and dry

Posted by TheShot on 29 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Robusta

As Frank Sinatra once sang, “They got a lot of coffee in Brazil”. However, the driest winter in two decades is threatening to drop next year’s crop yield by almost a third: Brazilian drought leaves coffee crop high and dry | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle. As the reality of global climate change sinks in, one […]

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