Retail and specialty roasters

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters will award four grants of $200,000 each to organizations with ideas to combat climate change in four core areas: transportation-related emissions (including GMCR’s product shipping), threats to coffee-growing communities (enormous, given that climate change is already…

Revised on August 22, 2019

Trader Joe’s coffee

by JulieCraves on February 5, 2009

Trader Joe’s offers many varieties of private label brands of coffee. For the most part, they are very secretive about their suppliers, and don’t disclose specific origins of their coffee.

Revised on November 19, 2019

A new initiative to featuring Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified coffee is being launched next week in the New England and New York area. “Birds&Beans: the good coffee” will be sold by subscription, and promoted via “Voices for the Birds” talks by…

Revised on November 14, 2019

Coffee at Panera Bread

by JulieCraves on December 19, 2008

Panera Bread serves coffee that is roasted and sourced in a way that is far more transparent and responsible than any other non-specialty coffee chain I’ve encountered.

Revised on November 14, 2019

Intelligentsia and The Roasterie have come out with new tools to market their coffees.

Revised on December 11, 2018

Caribou’s 100% Rainforest Alliance certified Colombian offering is a tasty, sustainable selection.

Revised on November 14, 2019

Counter Culture Coffee recently launched its Direct Trade program. It is a natural progression from their Source project, and is a robust example of similar models employed by other roasters, most notably Intelligentsia. Counter Culture is a pioneer, however, in…

Revised on November 14, 2019

In a previous post, I mentioned that one of my favorite aspects of the recent SCAA conference was tasting the ten finalists in the Roasters Guild 2008 Roasters Choice Tasting Competition.

Revised on November 14, 2019

It was nice to be in a Whole Foods Market today and see some of their Allegro Coffee varieties in a display featuring birds and their “Caffeinate Your Conscience with Shade Grown Coffee” promotion, going on through early April. The…

Revised on June 17, 2018

Feb 29 cheap coffee promotion, and where it all comes from In honor of leap day/year, Einstein Bros. Bagels and Noah’s Bagels, both owned by Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc., are offering regular coffee for 29 cents on February 29…

Revised on November 14, 2019

A roaster claiming to sell Bird-Friendly coffee when it is not serves as a reminder that if you are unsure about the certification claims, you should check with the certifier

Revised on November 14, 2019

Book review: Starbucked

by JulieCraves 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…

Revised on November 14, 2019

The November/December issue of Roast Magazine includes their picks for roaster of the year.

Revised on December 11, 2018

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…

Revised on November 14, 2019

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

Revised on November 14, 2019