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Coffee News of the Day

A few good or at least mildly entertaining stories out there today from all over the world. First, Ethiopia and Tanzania coffee farmers expect larger than normal crop sizes and prices. Growers in Ethiopia project an increase of 25% over last year’s harvest. BusinessWeek reports on the harvest here: Volumes … Read more →

Berry Borer Death Match

Exciting news out of Kenya, a predator of the voracious and devastating coffee berry borer has just recently been discovered. Scientists are hopeful that the newly discovered insect can help control outbreaks of the borer, which can destroy whole fields of coffee plants. The predator is from the family Thysanoptera … Read more →

Earthquake Devastates Haiti

A major earthquake struck Haiti last night causing massive damage and leaving perhaps hundreds of thousands dead in its wake. Reports indicate that many buildings have been destroyed, including at least one hospital and prison, and the headquarters for the UN relief mission in the country has collapsed, also killing, … Read more →

Crawling forth in 2010…

Well, we’re off to a slow start in coffee news in 2010, which makes sense when you consider how cold most of us are (except you, Australia and New Zealand. Stop rubbing our freezing noses in it). But there are a few things happening of note in the world of … Read more →

Random Bits of Coffee (related) News

A couple of new news stories out today reporting that coffee consumption can help ward off diabetes. One here and one here. An interesting note, it’s not just coffee, but lots of it, specifically at least four cups a day that can help. And here’s a story from the Wall … Read more →

Want a Nobel Prize? Drink Coffee.

U.S. President Barack Obama accepted his Nobel Peace Prize today in Olso, Norway. Although he said he had been inspired by the work and lives of previous winners like Gandhi and King, he didn’t mention the important role that coffee plays in sharpening the mind, inspiring creativity and providing a … Read more →

Tragedy in Washington: Four Police Officers Slain at Coffeehouse

I’ve come to know some of the enthusiastic baristas who work at Forza, a local chain of cafes in Washington, through their participation in the Millrock Latte Art Competitions. Theirs are faces I’m always excited to see coming back to the competition—these baristas get better and better every time, and … Read more →

Coffee News of the Day

A couple of news stories today from the world of coffee. First up, Bloomberg reports that worldwide coffee production will be down fairly significantly this year (estimated decline approximately 4  million bags). Most of the decline in harvest comes from the big three in production, Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam. The … Read more →

Peet's Buys Diedrich

Some interesting news out in the last couple of days that Peet’s, the coffee roaster and retailer out of Emeryville, Calif., has bought Irvine, Calif.-based, Diedrich Coffee. Here’s the story from the L.A. Times. The deal is reportedly worth around $213 million. The acquisition will help Peet’s expand its wholesale … Read more →

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