Coffee news and miscellany

Sips: Season of giving

by on December 7, 2010

In the past, I have provided some suggestions for holiday gifts — great coffee- or bird-related charities as well as more conventional gifts for sustainable-coffee lovers. Here are my 2010 […]

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Revised on February 8, 2013

Sips: Starbucks news

by on November 18, 2010

News from Starbucks, featuring the announcement of a company-operated farm in China.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

I was on a segment of Public Radio International‘s show “The World” talking about sustainable coffee certifications. The emphasis of the show was on standards that preserve bird habitat. It […]

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Revised on March 23, 2014

I always come across items that might be of interest to readers that deserve more than just a Tweet (@birdbarista) but not quite a whole post. Hence the debut of the “Sips” feature. San Rafael Sustainable Coffee Initiative: Interesting riff…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Birds on coffee

by on August 31, 2010

I talk about birds in coffee a lot on this site– how birds use and need the resources provided in shade coffee farms is the inspiration for the site. How about birds on coffee…labels and logos?

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Mobile technology is coming to the world of coffee, using 2D codes to provide consumers with a wealth of information on their beans.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Counter Culture Coffee has just released its first annual Transparency Report, covering 2009. Simple, straightforward, five pages describing each of CCC’s Direct Trade coffees, including the date of the last farm visit by a CCC employee and how much they…

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Revised on February 8, 2013

Scenes from SCAA

by on April 25, 2010

Every so often there needs to be a break from the serious and educational for something a little more fun and personal. Here are some photos from the recent Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event. First off, we had…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

The genus Coffea has over 100 species other than the two commonly cultivated ones, Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora (robusta). New species are still being described, and over 70% of the species in this genus are threatened with extinction. There…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Sustainable instant coffee

by on February 16, 2010

Understanding how instant coffee is manufactured will illustrate why it’s not a good option for consumers looking for coffee grown in an environmentally-friendly manner.

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Revised on September 9, 2013

My year in beans: 2009

by on January 3, 2010

Another analysis to counter the myth that great-tasting, sustainably-grown coffee is too expensive.

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Revised on January 23, 2013

For every bag of the Finca Nueva Armenia Holiday Blend purchased by a Coffee & Conservation reader from now through December 21, 2009, I will donate $1 to the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

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Revised on March 24, 2014

Coffee: The World in Your Cup is an exhibit providing a broad overview of the powerful influence of coffee on environments, human cultures, and economies worldwide. For nine months this year it was at the organizing institution, the Burke Museum…

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Revised on February 8, 2013

There’s an article up on the popular Discovery web site HowStuffWorks on shade coffee. The author contacted me a couple of months ago; Coffee & Conservation is cited frequently as a resource (under the common alias “Coffee Habitat”) and my…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

For August 2009, Ken Davids’ Coffee Review takes a look at shade grown coffee. First he describes the definition of the term “shade grown” and goes on to provide reviews of 12 coffees that scored 89 or over. Three were…

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Revised on March 23, 2014