Retail and specialty roasters

What is a certified B Corp, and which coffee companies have the certification?

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Revised on March 23, 2014

An update on the accelerating pace of land use for coffee growing in China and its environmental impact.

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Revised on December 28, 2013

Recent actions by the new owners of Caribou Coffee (Joh. A. Benckiser Group, a private German holding company), seem to indicate a move towards away from sustainably-sourced and 100%-certified coffees. Just what I was afraid of.

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Revised on May 26, 2014

Caribou Coffee Co., the first U.S. major coffee company to source all its beans from Rainforest Alliance certified farms has been acquired by a private German holding company.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

A compilation of all the posts I have done on major coffee brands, retailers, coffee shops, and fast food coffee…so far.

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Revised on January 18, 2013

Allegro Coffee’s latest Special Reserve selection is Nicaragua El Jaguar. This farm preserves a beautiful high-elevation cloud forest, grows coffee in over a dozen plots interspersed with managed forest, and is Rainforest Alliance certified.

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A look at Archer Farms brand coffee by Coffee Bean International, available at Target.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Sips: Starbucks news

by on June 26, 2012

Starbucks news: the good, the better, and the ugly.

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Key patents on K-Cups, the single portion packs used in Keurig brewers, are expiring this year. Rather than lose market share to the competition, Keurig is countering by coming out […]

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Revised on July 26, 2012

Industry report shows five

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Starbucks has been assessing the impacts of its CAFE Practices coffee sourcing program. While other big coffee companies trumpet their empty sustainability claims, Starbucks has been releasing these reports with a minimum of flag-waving and no attempt at greenwashing.

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Revised on June 12, 2014

All the coffee sourced by Caribou is 100% Rainforest Alliance certified. How this stacks up against other major coffee buyers, with a footnote on Caribou stock ownership.

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Revised on April 18, 2012

Starbucks will discontinue their Organic Shade Grown Mexico coffee when their new Blonde roasts are rolled out early next year.

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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

Starbucks CAFÉ Practices

by on September 22, 2010

A review of the environmental criteria in Starbucks green coffee sourcing guidelines finds they are as good as or better than some other popular certifications.

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Revised on February 8, 2013