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Arabica Beans High Price is Prompting The Use of Robusta Beans

This is an interesting article that points out the high cost and scarcity of Arabica beans.  Some are adding the more plentiful and cheaper Robusta beans to their blends to compensate but that is causing dissatisfaction in the taste with customers.  The Robusta bean has a more bitter taste and far more caffeine. http://capico.blogspot.com/2012/01/coffee-roasters-are-experiencing-lull.html

Coffee and AIDS

With the success of HIV medications came the dilema of sustainability for many in coffee growing countries.  And, the need to export coffee for a fair price effects all farmers around the world.  The more we traveled the world the more we could appreciate how we could help promote coffees from around the world, all with unique […]

More on Fair Trade

The debate is heating up on whether Fair Trade is really fair at all.  We will be posting opinions for and against the current “system” because what so many believe this “label” means….has many different meanings as we see how farmers are affected around the world.  Fair Trade is more than a “feel good” label. […]

What’s UP With Coffee….the price!

What’s Up With Coffee………..the price! Coffee futures (green beans) are trading at nearly double the prices that they were last year at this time. Wholesale coffee prices have almost doubled in the last year, edging toward highs last seen in 1977 and prompting many companies to raise retail prices 10 to 25%. In researching some […]

Thoughts on Fairtrade and Organic Coffee

FAIRTRADE is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability. FAIRTRADE is, fundamentally, a response to the failure of conventional trade to deliver sustainable livelihoods and development opportunities to people in the poorest countries of the world but, in some ways, […]