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The DaVinci Kids

I just saw this in the Seattle Times, and wanted to be sure to give some well-deserved recognition to all of our friends at DaVinci Gourmet, the Seattle-based syrup manufacturer and part of Kerry Foodservices. Since 2006, DaVinci has raised and donated more than a half-million dollars to the nonprofit … Read more →

Bee Bounce Back?

In the June/July issue, we reported on a new program sponsored by Monin called Syrup to Bees where out-of-date syrup is being used as honey bee food to help support colonies struggling with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD has affected bee colonies around the world and apiarists (people who raise … Read more →

News that maybe you can use

Some quick news items today from the world of coffee. Proving that the recession has not affected all sectors of the economy (or even all coffee retailers) equally, Peet’s coffee exceeded Wall Street’s predicted earnings. Showing the ability to seize the moment, when  Detroit, Mich., coffee shop owner, Raymone Crowe, … Read more →

The Three Bs

Time Out New York says the market (and the public’s perception) is rapidly changing for three hot jobs. Before they were the object of magazine profiles and reality shows, chefs were considered little more than skilled laborers. In fact, it wasn’t until 1977 that the U.S. Department of Labor even … Read more →

What’s Up in Ethiopia?

Last August, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee must be traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), eliminating direct trade with specialty coffee producers. In a recent paper, a writer in the Ethiopian Review examines this decision and its effect on the coffee market. The author writes: “As it … Read more →

What's Up in Ethiopia?

Last August, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee must be traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), eliminating direct trade with specialty coffee producers. In a recent paper, a writer in the Ethiopian Review examines this decision and its effect on the coffee market. The author writes: “As it … Read more →

Wait… What's Your Name Again?

Have you ever spent years working your way up in the mob after having been sent undercover as a rat into the police academy? Or vice versa? I know these things happen to Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio all the time, but who knew that they could happen at your … Read more →

And their coffee's not bad either…

Disneyland may like to proclaim itself the “Happiest Place on Earth,” but a new study out of Britain begs to differ. According the New Economics Foundation, after studying 143 countries around the world, the Central American, coffee-producing country of Costa Rica is the happiest nation on the planet. The index … Read more →

A Letter from Honduras

Our friend, Ana Lucía Lardizabal de Hawit, 2008 Barista Champion of Honduras, wrote me an email today regarding Ken’s post about the coup in Honduras from a few days ago. Here is what she has to say about the situation from an on-the-ground perspective… Hello Sarah. I hope you are … Read more →

Coup in Honduras

Read the Wall Street Journal’s report here. And the New York Times here. In the first coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War, Honduran soldiers forced the president to flee to Costa Rica on Sunday. Tensions had escalated in the country recently as President Zelaya sought … Read more →

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