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Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, and Vietnam: Coffee culture in Asia

Posted by TheShot on 05 Nov 2009 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Publications frequently run out of ideas, which is why the Wall Street Journal seems to be jacked on coffee articles of late. (But don’t worry — we have no plans to tell you what investments to have in your portfolio.) Just two days after making the ridiculous assertion that Illy is taking on Starbucks, the […]

(Old) news of the week; ”Coffee mania” floods Kyiv

Posted by TheShot on 11 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

What a strange newsweek it’s been in the coffee world. The best way to characterize it?: What’s old is suddenly new again. Tuesday we had Starbucks’ latest cry for attention/help/suicide prevention with their mysterious “04.08.08”-on-a-lame-paper-cup campaign. Essentially, the publicity stunt announced the launch of their “new” Pike Place Roast and a “new” return to the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Philadelphia: International coffees

Posted by TheShot on 23 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer published an article that shows there’s more to Philly coffee than La Colombe Torrefaction: Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/23/2006 | International coffees. They review a number of different international styles of coffee available in the area, including the following: RoseLena’s old Viennese-style coffeehouse Ray’s Cafe & Tea House for $8-a-cup Jamaican Blue Mountain […]

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 […]

Vietnamese coffee prices surge on demand

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

According to the VietNam News, the average price of wholesale coffee in Vietnam has risen up to 80% in the past year due to a regional drought in 2004-5. Coffee supplies are estimated at 30-50% lower than normal: Coffee prices surge on demand. Given the awful, mass production quality robusta beans that largely come out […]

Forecast: World coffee exports to fall

Posted by TheShot on 30 Dec 2005 | Filed under: Beans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released a study projecting the world’s supply of coffee: Forecast: World coffee exports to fall. The good news? Specialty coffee crops, like those from Kona, Hawaii, are on the rise. The bad news? Vietnamese robusta continues to proliferate on the commodity coffee market with crude, inexpensive beans that threaten […]

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