Monthly Archives: September 2013

From The Independent in the UK: A user’s guide to buying coffee beans

If you are really into your coffee, you will want to buy whole beans. But why should you bother in today’s age of pre-prepared, portioned and packaged goods? It all comes down to taste and flavour in the cup. Ground … Continue reading

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Bloomberg Reports that Brazil’s Coffee Trees will Flower a 2nd Time Next Week After Rain

Coffee trees in Brazil will probably flower for a second time next week as rain continues to fall over growing regions, inducing blossoming before next year’s crop, local brokers said. A good amount of rain fell over the coffee belt … Continue reading

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Hours to serve your cup, the Ethiopian Coffee Ritual

Ethiopian Coffee – A Ritual Simone Gie All coffee in the world originates from Ethiopia, but in its birthplace it’s consumed very differently compared to the rest of the world. The ritual, normally performed in homes to welcome guests, takes … Continue reading

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4 Year Lows, so far. Will farmers get any break?

It rained in Brazil, and the Arabica futures were hit by a hurricane, as rains are expected to continue through the week. December delivery fell  430 points to settle at 114.95 cents a pound, losing 3.7% of its value today. … Continue reading

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Fair, but Not Fair Enough: Beyond Fair Trade Coffee

With the possible exception of sugar, coffee has historically created more suffering per acre than any other global commodity. Even with the gradual end of slavery and the colonial contracts that underwrote plantation brutality, the quest to grow enough coffee … Continue reading

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U.S. Assistance to Coffee Rust Affected Countries

U.S. Assistance to Coffee Rust Affected Countries State Department Release: Central America, southern Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean are experiencing one of the worst recorded outbreaks of coffee rust, a devastating disease for coffee plants, threatening the livelihoods and … Continue reading

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Do You Know Where Your Coffee Beans Come From?

Do You Know Where Your Coffee Beans Come From? By Heidi Pashman On a recent trip to Costa Rica with Contiki Travel, I took a tour of a coffee plantation. As an avid coffee enthusiast (okay, bordering on addict), I … Continue reading

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A global market: Brazil to import coffee?

Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer and exporter, is considering allowing imports of the commodity to help improve the blends roasted in the country. Brazil wants to boost exports of roasted blends, while reducing the sale of green beans and … Continue reading

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CNBC: Who benefits from falling coffee costs

Coffee futures may have gotten roasted over the past two years, but don’t expect to pay less for your morning latte. Instead, the drop is seen as a boon for coffee sellers like Starbucks and Green Mountain. Since hitting a … Continue reading

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Birds help fight coffee-borer (broca) infestation

Birds Protect Coffee Crop Insectivorous species including yellow warblers cut damaging borer-beetle infestation by half in Costa Rica By Traci Watson and Nature magazine The yellow warbler may not pull a perfect latte, but it turns out it’s a friend to coffee drinkers … Continue reading

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