Tag Archive 'sustainability'

Trip Report Redux: Crissy Field Warming Hut Bookstore and Café

Posted by TheShot on 14 Jan 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Roasting

A few things have changed since our last trip report from the Crissy Field Warming Hut. Some of the changes are related to an electric car that mysteriously burst into flames here exactly two years ago; the water damage from putting out the fire shut The Hut down for repairs for most of 2007. But […]

Oakland: Awaken Downtown

Posted by TheShot on 01 May 2007 | Filed under: Local Brew

Yesterday’s NovoMetro (a rough-around-the-edges local online guide to Oakland) published an article on a new café coming to downtown Oakland called Awaken Café: NovoMetro. It’s scheduled to open in early August with an emphasis on community, slow food, sustainability (and all those other obligatory feel-good adjectives you need to operate a coffee shop in the […]

Saving Earth one cup at a time – but only if that cup contains coffee

Posted by TheShot on 23 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Fair Trade

Earth Day couldn’t pass last weekend without a multitude of feel-good press releases from coffee peddlers. We already knew that our coffee could support Ernie & Bert‘s ambiguously gay lifestyle on Public Television. Now we read about how our coffee could save chimps, help solve the energy crisis, and even how it could stamp out […]

Taiwan to ban paper cups in offices, schools

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Quality Issues

Now we’ve written before about the importance of a good cup when drinking espresso. And we’ve written that there are times where what’s right for flavor and what’s right for the environment go hand-in-hand. The paper cup issue is the perfect example, and some governments are contributing to the cause: Taiwan to ban paper cups […]

Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell

Posted by TheShot on 13 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Barista, Fair Trade, Foreign Brew, Roasting

Today the Chicagoist blog published an interview with Intelligentsia founder and CEO, Doug Zell: Chicagoist: Chicagoist Grills: Intelligentsia Coffee & Roasting Works CEO Doug Zell. Intelligentsia not only boasts some of the best roasted coffee in the country, and the reigning U.S. barista champion from one of their cafés, but they also helped set a […]

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 […]

Does “Fair Trade” imply everything else is “Unfair Trade”?

Posted by TheShot on 29 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Consumer Trends, Fair Trade, Quality Issues

One of coffee’s big stories of the past year has been the seemingly sudden discovery and public awareness of Fair Trade coffee. Twenty years after the founding of Equal Exchange, Fair Trade coffee awareness reached critical mass this year in the U.S., the U.K., and many other nations around the world. This awareness began with […]

Farmers question value of ‘responsible’ coffees

Posted by TheShot on 08 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

With coffee prices reaching new highs, suddenly the premiums that organic and Fair Trade coffee beans used to command are dwindling in comparison to the additional overhead required of growers. Or so suggests an article today from Reuters: Reuters AlertNet – FEATURE-Farmers question value of ‘responsible’ coffees. The article points out that coffee farmers that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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