I have written a post at Daily Coffee News providing an overview and fresh update on the coffee sourcing standards of Starbucks, known as the CAFE Practices program. Check it […]

Revised on January 8, 2022

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

Revised on January 8, 2022

Sips: Starbucks news

by JulieCraves on June 26, 2012

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

Revised on January 7, 2022

Industry report shows five

Revised on December 3, 2020

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.

Revised on January 8, 2022

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

Revised on January 8, 2022

Sips: Starbucks news

by JulieCraves on November 18, 2010

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

Revised on November 29, 2020

Starbucks CAFE Practices

by JulieCraves 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.

Revised on January 8, 2022

Starbucks news

by JulieCraves 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….

Revised on January 7, 2022

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…

Revised on December 1, 2018

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…

Revised on January 28, 2021

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 December 21, 2020

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 July 8, 2021

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…

Revised on November 2, 2010