Tag Archive 'Robusta'

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 […]

Demand is growing for rich decaf coffee

Posted by TheShot on 09 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Quality Issues, Robusta

Decaffeinated coffee was once treated a lot like robusta: as some kind of crude, faux coffee that caters to consumers with the misfortune of a biological defect. But just as high-quality, expertly prepared robusta beans started appearing on the market from places such as India (for blending into quality roasts for espresso, etc.), decaf coffee […]

Viet Nam News: Coffee quality drops off alarmingly

Posted by TheShot on 31 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew

Here’s a shocker. In today’s news, Vietnam seems to have suddenly discovered that much of their coffee is of utter crap quality: Viet Nam News | Coffee quality drops off alarmingly. What’s curious is that the article seems taken aback by the discovery that Vietnamese coffee might not be the richest coffee in the world, […]

Next hot commodity? Arabica coffee beans

Posted by TheShot on 05 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Robusta

Although expectations of record robusta coffee bean prices were set months ago, it wasn’t until last month that the price of robusta reached a seven-year high in London. What’s next? Some say arabica beans, according to an article in today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Next hot commodity? Arabica coffee beans. With record robusta prices hitting the pocketbooks […]

Tempting the Traditional Coffee Drinker to Move Up

Posted by TheShot on 22 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Robusta

Today’s New York Times reports that Folgers is planning a $20 million advertising campaign on a new line of “gourmet” Folgers: Tempting the Traditional Coffee Drinker to Move Up – New York Times. It seems that even Proctor & Gamble can no longer ignore the McDonald’s effect. However, what’s not clear is if consumers will […]

The journey of a coffee bean

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jul 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Robusta

Yesterday the Manila Standard Today published a brief, introductory article on the lifecycle of a coffee bean: Philippines News – Manila Standard Today – The journey of a coffee bean – july05_2006. It’s written from the perspective of Nescafé, which is part of the scary Big Four, and from the perspective of producing the lower […]

Mumbai: Does coffee house enlightenment bring prostitution?

Posted by TheShot on 31 May 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

In the world of espresso, India may be known for its Monsooned Malabar and premium robusta beans — both of which are excellent components of an espresso blend (and these beans often make it into the roasts I make at home). But with globalization and the resulting growth in India’s middle class, India has developed […]

2006 Western Regional Barista Competition: Part 1, The Event

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Local Brew

A barista championship in Petaluma? Yesterday (Saturday, March 4) I attended my first SCAA barista competition. Held at the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma, the Western Regionals are a competitive prelude to next month’s U.S. Barista Championship. (Petaluma: it’s not just world arm wrestling championships anymore.) The annual Western Regionals covers competitive baristas across California […]

Montreal’s International Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 05 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

From today’s The Gazette, a primer on a few international coffee options in Montreal, Canada: How do you take your coffee? The article includes example cafés, and customs, for Italy, Arabia, Greece, and Vietnam: Cafe Milano: Just as no Italian will be caught in “short pants” after the age of 11, no Italian will be […]

The dark story of poverty in your coffee cup

Posted by TheShot on 05 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Robusta

Today’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported on: The dark story of poverty in your coffee cup. In particular, it discusses the coffee paradox — i.e., how there could be a coffee boom in the consuming countries at the same time as a coffee crisis in the producing countries. Despite citing the impacts of the Vietnamese robusta glut […]

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