2008

Menu for Hope

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Menu for Hope

Every year, Food Bloggers from all over the world join together for a fundraising campaign. They call it 'Menu for Hope'. Last year, they raised over $90K for the UN World Food Program.This year Menu for Hope 5 again raises funds for the WFP's school lunch program in Lesotho, Africa. This is the second year they are supporting this program, which assist the WFP's efforts to supply the program by buying directly from local farmers who practice conservation farming methods. With this program, they help feed the kids (which keep them in school) and support their parents and community farming....

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CoffeeBuzz: A Twitter for coffee?

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CoffeeBuzz: A Twitter for coffee?

by Imran AliDecember 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm · Filed under Locative, iPhoneYesterday saw the release of an intriguing iPhone app for coffee afficianados - Kisky Media’s CoffeeBuzz, inspired by the volume of Twitter users who like to share the fact they’re currently engaged in a caffeinated beverage.The app enables users to…* use the iPhone’s locative abilities (GPS, wifi, cell triangulation) to locate coffee shops in the vicinity, as well as share your favourite haunts.* show what nearby CoffeeBuzz users are drinking.* microblog your current location & beverage with other CoffeeBuzz users, or Twitter your beverage, along with location.The user...

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Ethiopia starts coffee exchange

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Ethiopia, Africa's largest coffee producer, has started trading the crop on a national commodity exchange.In a move aimed at both increasing quality and the amount farmers get paid for their beans, coffee is being traded on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange.Replacing the previous, more informal, system of sales through middlemen, farmers will now be able to get direct access to current market prices.The exchange has set up a network of warehouses to collect the beans.Dominant cropThe Ethiopian government, which is backing the move, hopes it will prevent fraud, such as traders passing off beans from a lesser growing area as being...

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Centam Coffee - US coffee roasters try growing the beans they sell

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Reuters, Tuesday December 2 2008By Brian HarrisRIO NEGRO, Costa Rica, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Some U.S. gourmet coffee roasters have come up with a new solution to the problem of guaranteeing consistent quality in beans they sell to top-end restaurants and coffee bars: buy the farm.Coffee connoisseurs pay attention to where and how coffee is grown, just as lovers of fine wines look to certain grape-growing regions.Brooke McDonnell, owner of the Equator Coffee company which imports, sells and roasts gourmet coffee, began to worry a few years ago about the supply of the rare "geisha" trees found in Panama's highlands...

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Coffee-Powered Cars

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Waste coffee grounds can provide a cheap, abundant, and environmentally friendly source of biodiesel fuel, according to a study by researchers at the University of Nevada-Reno.Coffee GroundsWith world coffee production at more than 16 billion pounds per year, the scientists estimate that spent coffee grounds could potentially add 340 million gallons of biodiesel to the world’s fuel supply.For the study, the team collected grounds from Starbucks facilities in Reno. They used an inexpensive process to convert 100 percent of the oil from the grounds into biodiesel. The resulting coffee-based fuel—which smells like java—is more stable than traditional biodiesel due to...

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