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La Marzocco - History

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La Marzocco is an Italian maker of espresso machines, and its machines are consistently considered in the top rank, particularly since the introduction of the dual-boiler GS series in 1970, and its machines are widely used in specialty coffee shops.

It was founded in Florence (Firenze), Italy, in 1927, by Giuseppe and Bruno Bambi...


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Whiskey Barrel Coffee is Exactly What it Sounds Like

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Move over Baileys we just found a new way to get our whiskey coffee on.

Created by the Espresso Smith Brewing Company, Master Roaster Tal Fishman wanted to create a coffee experience. Not satisfied with having his coffee simply having hints of whiskey, Fishman decided to age green coffee beans in bourbon barrels to infuse them with that deep oaky taste. After two years the aging and roasting process was perfected to ensure his coffee finishes as bourbon.

The flavor is described as a “bold, dark character layered with cacao, charred oak, mesquite honey and clear-as-day, whiskey notes. It’s sweet, rich and boozy in the cup.”

In creating such a unique product the company didn’t have the heart to dump their masterfully crafted coffee beans in your run-of-the-mill bag packaging. In order to seal in the aroma and flavors of their bourbon infused product the coffee is wax sealed in glass bottles similar to Maker’s Mark. Whiskey Barrel Coffee is available in dark roast, light roast, and decaf.

In case sipping on a cup of bourbon-esque coffee doesn’t wet your whistle you could always try their chocolate covered coffee beans. Available in Colombian White Chocolate, European Dark Chocolate, or European Milk Chocolate this sweet treat pairs the company’s popular coffee beans with a rich chocolate flavor creating a brand new experience.

 


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3D Printed Caffeine Coffee Mug

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3D Printed Caffeine Coffee Mug

This is a fancy ceramic mug made at Shapeways from a 3D printed mold. It's a normal mug surrounded by a 3D representation of the molecule for Caffeine.


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La Marzocco’s Newest Espresso Machine Spotted At TED

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Baristas at the annual TED Conference and TEDActive in Vancouver, BC and Whistler are wrapping up a week of coffee service today. Our friends and partners at the espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco debuted their new line of Strada EE machines at the bars stationed in Vancouver.

The EE series–it stands for “Erogazione Elettrovalvole“–is the newest addition to the Strada family, La Marzocco’s line of high-end commercial espresso machines. Strada’s can be found in top boutique shops around the world, and have been written about extensively here on Sprudge.


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Fair for who? The crisis of Fairtrade for coffee farmers

Fair for who? The crisis of Fairtrade for coffee farmers | Belco - coffee universe | Scoop.it

Two weeks of campaigning to raise awareness of Fairtrade products have come to a close. But coffee farmers around the world face an ongoing crisis that the Fairtrade Foundation has done little to mitigate and more must be done to address the problems they face of plummeting prices.

Fairtrade is based on a vision to provide marginal farmers with a sustainable livelihood. Yet, farmers are not protected by Fairtrade in the current coffee price crisis and they are struggling to meet the basic costs of production.

Fairtrade started as an effort to mitigate the crises caused by crashes in commodity prices, such as coffee, helping farmers in the developing world to live a decent life. The Fairtrade Foundation claims that it covers the average costs of production, thereby ensuring a sustainable livelihood for the farmers and their families. It hopes to provide a degree of financial stability to the farmers through long-term trading relationships that provide access to pre-finance access to credit, enabling the farmersto plan their production and invest in the necessary agricultural inputs.

Our fieldwork, undertaken in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and India since 2009, tells a different story. In these countries, some farmers are leaving the Fairtrade scheme since it does not always cover the basic costs of production.

To redress this criticism, in 2011 Fairtrade increased its floor price from US$2.64/kg to US$3.08/kg and also doubled the Fairtrade premium to US$0.44/kg of coffee added to the price. This must be seen in the context of the fall in coffee price on the international market from around US$6.77/kg in 2011 to US$2.55/kg at the end of 2013.

Fairtrade “producer prices” are prices paid to a co-operative of farmers. To be viable for the farmers, they should cover not only the costs of production of the individual farmers, but also the cost of operating the Fairtrade co-operative. This also relates to theprocessing of coffee beans to enable their export to Fairtrade markets.


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