News and updates about the coffee market, coffee culture and trends, the art of coffee making and other topics related to coffee.
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I’m going to be honest with all of you. I don’t have a lot of material to work with on this topic. I’ve been talking to a lot of people about this and looking all around Central America for examples of private investment in coffee farms. We all know about the pioneering work of Root Capital (congrats on 15 years and $100 million in loans!) and other social lenders, who have provided credit to coffee farmers and producers groups, but I wanted to see examples that go beyond loans...
T-shirts printed with coffee ink? You heard right!
How much coffee waste do you produce in a day? Even the most limited home coffee brewer ends up with a fair amount of leftover coffee grounds, so if you’re a big coffee consumer chances are that by the end of the week you’ve produced a lot.
Used coffee grounds can be repurposed for a variety of things. I was recently visiting someone who had a bowl of them in his bathroom. “My girlfriend likes to exfoliate,” he said laughing when I asked him about it.
Of course, not everyone is so committed to upcycling. If you’re good about your coffee brewing process, your spent coffee grains at least make it into the compost.
You are nourishing those tomato plants growing in your urban garden aren’t you? Realistically, for most of us, the spent coffee grounds head to the rubbish bin.
Sex, coffee, rock & roll, and equity-based crowd funding.
Grind, a four-year-old, coffee chain based in London, is seeking at least €750,000 ($842,000 USD) in a public fundraising effort to develop its own roastery and open new retail outlets throughout London and possibly abroad.
Not to be confused with London roaster/retailer Grind Coffee, this Grind was founded in 2011 by business partners David Abrahamovitch and Melbourne-raised Kaz James in a former phone company space owned by Abrahamovitch’s father in the heart of Shoreditch in East London’s Tech City.
Rio Jorco, a third-generation family farming operation based in the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica has been perennially cranking out some of the sought-after microlots in the world, while winning multiple awards from programs including Cup of Excellence and Good Food Awards.
The Rio Jorco estate is a shining example of responsible land management, with some 3/4 of the property reserved for conservation, a decision that follows the wishes of founder Jorge Zeledon Castro.
Coffee is grown in high-altitudes under shade canopies on Rio Jorco’s own land and the group works with numerous local producers in nearby subregions, including Aserri, Acosta, Leon Cortez, Frailes, Desamparados and Corralillo.
In the lush, green hills of northern Thailand, a woman painstakingly picks coffee beans out of a pile of elephant dung, an essential part of making one the world's most expensive beverages.
This remote corner of Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos is better known for drug smuggling than coffee, but Blake Dinkin decided it was perfect for a legitimate enterprise that blends conservation with business.
"When I explained my project to the mahouts (elephant riders), I know that they thought I was crazy," the 44-year-old Canadian founder of Black Ivory Coffee, which uses the digestive tract of elephants to create a high-end brew for coffee connoisseurs.
Unless a solution is found soon, two of the world's favorite, most popular beans, could become in short supply, due to climate change.
We have known for some time that coffee is a climate-sensitive crop. Now we have the first global evidence that increasing minimum, or night-time, temperatures are having the hardest impact on your daily brew...
When Counter Culture Coffee co-founder Brett Smith was in business school, he would laugh when entrepreneurs talked about vision statements.
“We always viewed it as sort of touchy feely,” Smith said, “and we didn’t think that was really what business was all about.”...
More than 20 years later, his own vision statement is painted on a ledge in his Durham warehouse, printed on job applications, mentioned during employee evaluations and before most speeches.
The reality is, he said, it is important as it centers on people, being on the same page and fostering culture.
One of Silicon Valley’s darling coffee companies grabs more funding as it continues to expand its slow-roasted coffee shops.
A fancy coffee company making headlines in the business press? Only in San Francisco.
On Thursday, Blue Bottle Coffee revealed it has raised $70 million in a new funding round led by Fidelity, according the Financial Times.
It’s seeking to raise an additional $5 million from individual investors.
Though the company has since expanded its presence to New York City, Los Angeles, and even Japan, Blue Bottle is one of the main faces of San Francisco’s popular “third-wave coffee” trend—fancy language for the movement of artisanal coffee shops that charge you $4 for cup of coffee you waited 10 minutes to receive. (You can guess how I feel about these shops.)
When you think of UN resolutions (if you ever spend time thinking of UN resolutions that is), what probably comes to mind are some of the world’s most intractable conflicts, such as Syria, Iraq or the Congo.
The UN, however, can also use these resolutions in order to educate the global public.
This was the case when it passed resolution A/RES/68/232 declaring 2015 the International Year of Soils.
One of the main objectives of the International Year of Soils, which is led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reads as follows:
“Educate the public about the crucial role soil plays in food security, climate change adaptation and mitigation, essential ecosystem services, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.”
What about the crucial role soil plays in coffee production?
A new cookbook brings the afternoon tradition to the States.
Surely Seattleites love coffee as much as people do in Sweden.
Maybe it’s time to import that country’s tradition of fika, a custom “as common as breakfast” involving slowing down for a bit over drinks and snacks.
The compact, illustrated book includes recipes for lots of pastries and nibbles, from kardenmummakaka (cardamom cake) to lussekatter (saffron buns,) and also charmingly — and enviably — describes their place in Swedish culture.
The fashion world looks to Paris to set trends, and the culinary world is in one way or another always connected to the French capital by way of a confit or a coq au vin. Can Paris be the platform, too, for advancing European specialty coffee?
As we’ve watched the Paris specialty coffee scene grow in the last few years, it has become clear this growth extends beyond growing a French specialty-roaster culture. Paris wants to be a part of the European coffee movement as a whole, with many cafes in town featuring roasters from other European countries, either as guest roasters or as a staple offering...