Starbucks

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

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

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 February 8, 2013

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

Starbucks news

by on March 21, 2010

Some recent sustainability-related news regarding Starbucks: Starbucks has a new Conservation International-branded loyalty card. Every time a customer uses a CI Starbucks card from now through the end of 2010, five cents will go to Conservation International for forest preservation….

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Last year, Counter Culture Coffee launched its Direct Trade program. They also strarted rolling out their current line of packaging: brown kraft-like valve bags with a sleeve that has nice origin-appropriate art, a map on one side panel showing the…

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Revised on September 29, 2013

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #41. Starbucks Organic Shade Grown Mexico is produced by around 900 small farmers on 3200 ha of land in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas [1]. Many of the…

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Revised on March 23, 2014

Book review: Starbucked

by on November 8, 2007

I’ve just finished Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture by Taylor Clark, just released by Little Brown. It’s an entertaining, well-written and researched “biography” of the genesis and rise of Starbucks, and the concurrent/coincident specialty coffee…

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Revised on January 25, 2011

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #29. Starbucks Black Apron Exclusive: Organic Lomas Al Rio (Costa Rica). This review is a tad out of the ordinary for two reasons. First, I don’t buy coffee from…

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Revised on September 6, 2013

The Sacramento Bee has published an in-depth report by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tom Knudson exploring Starbucks and its Ethiopian relationships.

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Revised on November 12, 2012

Last month, I posted about the latest Starbucks Black Apron selection, from Zambia’s Terranova Estate, owned by the Street family. Warren Street was kind enough to leave a long comment on the post, giving more detail on things I found…

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Revised on November 2, 2010

I have commented on two previous Starbucks Black Apron selections (Sulawesi Kopi Kampung and Ethiopia Gemadro Estate), so I may as well keep going. The latest Black Apron coffee is Terranova Estate from Zambia. Recall that the Black Apron Exclusives…

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Revised on March 23, 2014