Tag Archive 'trademarks'

Hawaii won’t ban genetic coffee

Posted by TheShot on 07 Mar 2008 | Filed under: Beans

Today’s post comes to you from the Big Island of Hawaiʻi — home of Kona coffee. A local story here about genetically modified coffee in Hawaiʻi apparently has gone national: Hawaii won’t ban genetic coffee – USATODAY.com. I’ve been on Hawaiʻi for the past few days, drinking up the good local Kona as filter coffee […]

Australia: Nestlé copyright moves ignite coffee controversy

Posted by TheShot on 09 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends

From today’s ABC News (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – that ABC News), Big Four coffee giant, Nestlé, is seeking to obtain exclusive rights to two rather generic images of coffee in a coffee mug: Copyright moves ignite coffee controversy – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). The two images Nestlé is trying to copyright — one […]

Malabar coffee set to get Geographic Indication mark

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Beans

In the news today from Bangalore, India has applied for a Geographic Indication (GI) for Monsooned Malabar coffee: Malabar coffee set to get GI brand : Malabar Coffee, Monsooned Malabars, Geographic Indication mark, GI : IBNLive.com : CNN-IBN. Some love the stuff, others can’t stand its “funkiness” at times. Whatever it is, it makes a […]

A Hot Cup of Money: Starbucks, Ethiopia, and the Coffee Branding Wars

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Starbucks

There’s been a lot of “he said, she said” going on between Starbucks and representatives of the Ethiopian coffee trade lately. Ethiopian Sidamo and Harar (two generally excellent bean stocks, mind you) were up for trademark protection when a “certain voting member” of the U.S. National Coffee Association (or NCA, a business interest legacy of […]

Take a caffeinated tour of Tulsa

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

It’s been a while since we posted a mindless mini coffee review for some low rotation corner of the country. So today we bring you a brief coffee tour of Tulsa, OK from the local university rag: The Collegian Online: Take a caffeinated tour of Tulsa. It’s a short list, alright. But the one notable […]

New coffee launched by Coca-Cola and Godiva

Posted by TheShot on 19 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Coca-Cola continues its coffee beverage push, recently announcing a drink to be launched in July that’s “more decadent than just plain coffee”: New coffee launched by Coca-Cola and Godiva – Drinks Business Review. Undoubtedly, it will be another Coca-Cola BlāK — meaning that we should expect consumers’ short attention spans to give this a shelf […]

Jamaica’s Coffee Makers Perk Up, Fighting Off Knockoffs and a Storm

Posted by TheShot on 26 Mar 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Today’s Los Angeles Times reports on the current state of the elite Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee bean in light of Hurricane Ivan damage and the insurgence of counterfeiters: Jamaica’s Coffee Makers Perk Up, Fighting Off Knockoffs and a Storm – Los Angeles Times. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee carries a lot of name brand recognition — […]

Measure to restrict use of Kona coffee label shot down

Posted by TheShot on 04 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Beans

Today the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported that a measure to greatly restrict the definition of what gets labelled “Kona” coffee was rejected by a voting council: New board already may be shifting coffee group’s mission. The Kona Coffee Council decided not to support bills intended to create stricter standards for use of the Kona label. Currently, […]