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Film gives coffee firms a roasting on sustainability

Beverage Technology & Markets By Chris Mercer 10/16/2006- Buying practices of the world’s biggest coffee companies have come under renewed public scrutiny from a new film which explores the journey of coffee beans from plantation to cup. BeverageDaily.com took an early peek. The film, called Black Gold, vividly depicts the poverty and uncertainty in the […]

Two cups of coffee may ward of post-workout soreness

                                      Originally Posted on : 2007-01-11 | Author : Paula Cussons Earthtimes.org The downside of exercising is often sore muscles, which discourages people from having a really good workout. But now researchers from the University of Georgia […]

Illegal plantations linked to major coffee firms

      By Chris Mercer 1/19/2007- Some of the world’s largest coffee firms have been unwittingly sourcing beans from illegal plantations inside one of the world’s most important wildlife sanctuaries, a new report says. Coffee industry giants Nestle and Kraft Foods were both implicated in the report, published by the World Wildlife Fund, which […]

Scientist develops caffeinated doughnuts

          DURHAM. N.C. – That cup of coffee just not getting it done anymore? How about a Buzz Donut or a Buzzed Bagel? That’s what Doctor Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular scientist, has come up with. Bohannon says he’s developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, without […]

Fair trade is improving coffee farmers’ lives

By Matthew Burrows March 1, 2007 French president Jacques Chirac has already pronounced him a Knight of the French Legion of Honour. Dutch-born Catholic priest Francisco VanderHoff has worked for 27 years promoting fair trade as a tool of “empowerment” for the indigenous coffee farmers of his adopted Oaxaca state in southern Mexico. And in […]

Organic coffee a unique success story

by Uma Sudhir, AP/NDTV.com Friday, March 30, 2007 (Araku Valley) Tribal women from remote hills of Andhra Pradesh have wowed the world not with their dance or striking nose-rings but with their coffee. For instance, Gemmile Tikku, a widow from Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam district, has won national and international recognition for growing […]

Size Matters In Lower East Side Coffee; (Or: The Starbucks Effect–Beware)

    By Mark Wellborn Friday March 30, 2007 Starbucks seems to have left another local coffee house in its wake. Earlier this week, The Bean Coffee and Tea, located at 118 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, closed its doors after being in operation just four months. While it seems the demise of […]

Fair-Trade Certified vs. Sustainable Coffee

March 30, 2007 JENNIFER McMULLEN SILHOUETTE STAFF McMaster’s University Student Newspaper Hamilton, ON Canada Squeeze and roll. Seems simple enough, doesn’t it? For Paul Kind, this isn’t exactly true. He is the inventor of the rim roller, a device specifically used for rolling up the rim on coffee cups. “Paul is a problem solver,” said […]

Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee

Mekonnen Leka, 78, takes a sip of his evening cup of coffee with nearly 30 friends and neighbors who have gathered at his home in Afeta, Ethiopia, February 13, 2007. As the elder, he gets the first cup. (Wes Pope/Chicago Tribune/MCT) by Colleen Mastony Chicago Tribune (MCT) 2 April 2007 JIMMA, Ethiopia—Inside the coffee plant’s […]

Is this the end of organic coffee?

Thanks to a recent hush-hush USDA ruling, your clean-conscience, fair-trade, organic latte may soon be a thing of the past. By Samuel Fromartz Apr. 03, 2007 | Enjoy your organic coffee now, while it’s hot — because it may not be around for long. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly released a ruling […]