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George Clooney, Nespresso push African coffee ethics

July 16th, 2013

Bloomberg News’ Thomas Mulier reports on the alliance of Nespresso and actor George Clooney as the company ads him to its coffee ethics board and introduces a sustainability program in Africa.

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An eco-friendly single cup of coffee — and a coffeemaker giveaway

June 27th, 2013

Those single-serve coffee machines that have swept the planet — you know the ones — are creating a mountain of plastic waste, a blizzard of tiny disposable cups, most of which cannot even be recycled. This coffeemaker and coffee club plan offers a biodegradable alternative.

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More great news for coffee drinkers — a lower risk of diabetes

January 12th, 2012

Heavy coffee drinkers may have their issues — they’re hyped up all morning, they get edgy and overly emphatic in meetings, they have problems sleeping (let’s not mention the frequent restroom breaks) and sometimes, like Will Farrell’s character in Kicking & Screaming, they simply lose it.
But they don’t get Type 2 diabetes as often as their non-coffee drinking counterparts. In fact, studies show that people who drink four or more cups of coffee daily have about half the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as the general population.

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Fair Trade food sales rise, despite weak economy

March 7th, 2011

A growing number of consumers are putting their food dollars into Fair Trade products that support an equitable wage for global producers.

Fair Trade USA, the leading certifier of Fair Trade products in the U.S., reports that sales increased 24 percent, rising to $170 million during 2010.

The increase was strong at the traditional natural grocers (a 16 percent year over year increase) and specialty stores (22 percent) where consumers have typically found Fair Trade products. But it was strongest at mainstream stores (26 percent), according to a survey by the SPINS consulting service on behalf of Fair Trade USA.

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Starbucks says bring your own cup, please

April 13th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

It’s official: Running around with that Starbucks paper cup is no longer cool.

StarbucksThe Seattle-based coffee chain today announced that it would reward customers who use their own mug or tumbler with a complimentary cup of joe on April 15.

The promotion is to show that BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup) is really better.

“While our cup has become an integral part of the coffeehouse experience over the years, it has also become an environmental concern,” said Ben Packard, Starbucks vice president of Global Responsibility.

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Green Goods: Reusable coffee filters let you dispose of disposables

August 25th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

Still using paper coffee filters? You might not be able to break your caffeine habit, but getting rid of disposable coffee filters is easier than you may realize.

Permanent filters made of stainless steel mesh (and typically gold colored) can serve for many years. So can filters made of hemp, the same fiber used to make ropes and more recently, a raft of other items from T-shirts to washrags. Hemp is tough and these filters promise to last for years also.

We bought one from Cusp Natural Products, a family-owned Washington company that began making a few hemp items in the 1990s and today finds itself making hot pads, dog toys, baseball caps and even iron board covers from hemp fabric.

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Organic Ag wakes up and smells the coffee — and the apples, berries and wheat

July 23rd, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

I always wonder when grocery shopping, where is all this organic food coming from? The stores are trumpeting the number of organic produce items they offer. Consumers are demanding more organic options. Yet the whole industrial-ag system has been oriented to conventional, chemical farming for decades. How can farmers keep up? It takes three years to convert land to certified organic production — and there are uncertainties in the market.

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Pura Vida Whole Bean Coffee, French Roast

March 5th, 2009

Product Description from Amazon.com

Pura Vida Whole Bean Coffee, French Roast, 12-Ounce Bags (Pack of 3)
Fair Trade Certified; Certified Organic; Shade Grown. The origin of Pura Vida Coffee goes back more than a decade to a small coffee shop where we first dreamed of using business as a means to help at-risk children. And because Pura Vida specializes in Fair Trade organic coffee, you help farmers sustain their families and protect the environment with every cup you drink. When you buy Pura Vida, you get more than a great cup of coffee. After searching the world for our premium beans, we carefully roast our Fair Trade coffee in small batches for unsurpassed flavor and fullness. We know and work directly with the farmers who grow our beans, and select only their best.

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Marques De Paiva Medium Roast, 100% USDA Organic Decaf, Swiss Water® Process Ground Coffee

March 5th, 2009

Product features from Amazon.com

Marques De Paiva Medium Roast, 100% USDA Organic Decaf, Swiss Water® Process Ground Coffee, 10-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)

  • Case of four 10-ounce bags of organic medium roast decaffeinated ground coffee (40 total ounces)
  • Made with high-grown, 100% premium Arabica beans
  • Sweet-toned, intense aroma with walnut and chocolate notes and a hint peach
  • Produced chemical-free with Swiss Water process
  • From coffee harvested in Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Mount Hagen Organic Freeze Dried Instant Coffee

March 5th, 2009

Product Description from Amazon.com

Organically grown Highland coffee. Freeze dried instant coffee. USDA Organic. Made from 100% finest organic coffee. This fine coffee has been carefully selected and separately harvested. The processing to freeze-dried coffee is also achieved without the use of any form of preservatives or additives. Mount Hagen Organic Freeze Dried Instant Coffee (6 pack of 3.53-Ounce Jars) is the first certified organic freeze dried coffee in the world. 100% Organic certified by EcoCert in accordance with the organic standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This delicious coffee is of the highest quality, mild and naturally rich in flavor. Our coffees are from plantations of the best cultivation areas of the world. These highland coffees are quarantined to be organically grown without the use of any artificial chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers. Packed in Germany.

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Fair Trade products proliferating

October 1st, 2008

By Catherine Colbert

Organic products are much easier to come by these days. Items with the Fair Trade Certified label also are expanding and taking up more precious real estate on store shelves.

So far this year, more than twice as many Fair Trade Certified products have been introduced in the U.S. compared to last year. Some 284 products with the Fair Trade Certified designation have been launched compared to 130 in 2007, and as few as 17 in 2003, according to a report this month by Mintel, Chicago – a market researcher focused on consumer behavior and product innovation.

The Fair Trade food items include a virtual gift basket of treats: a variety of teas, cocoa, fruits, flowers and chocolates.

TransFair USA, headquartered in Oakland, California, is the governing entity in the U.S. behind products deemed Fair Trade Certified. The nonprofit is one of 20 member organizations worldwide that comprises the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations (FLO) International. TransFair audits agreements between U.S. companies and international suppliers to guarantee that farmers in developing countries around the world use environmentally friendly practices and are paid a fair price for their goods. Farmers in Costa Rica and Ghana have reinvested profits in their communities to build schools, develop improved sustainability practices, and establish health clinics.

Since its founding in 1998, TransFair USA has certified more than 74 million pounds of Fair Trade coffee, which in turn has given coffee farmers in Latin America and Africa more than $60 million more than if they had sold their coffee locally, according to the organization.

Most U.S. consumers were introduced to the concept of Fair Trade Certified products with the help of coffee marketers. Fair Trade, which asks consumers to buy products at a “fair price” to be socially responsible, initially seemed like a niche market. But it has gone mainstream. From 2001 to 2006, retail sales of coffee grew tenfold to $730 million, cites TransFair USA, in a recent Brandweek article. When worldwide retailer Wal-Mart joined the fold, Fair Trade Certified coffee sales really began to percolate.

Fair Trade products were available only at specialty retailers, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, as well as online, when they were introduced to the U.S. In recent years, however, Fair Trade products have moved onto store shelves in big-box discounters Costco and Target, and mainline grocery stores like Kroger. See the Transfair website for where to buy products.

After more than a decade in existence, TransFair USA now certifies tea, cocoa, sugar, fruit, rice, and flowers. With the organization’s fifth annual Fair Trade Month, held in October 2008, it’s counting wine among the products it recognizes and certifies. Certified chocolate bars are available in many grocery stores, as well. Look for Green and Black’s chocolate made in the Dominican Republic and Belize, El Rey from Venezuela, and Valhrhona from Trinidad.

For consumers who are taking copious notes on the growth of Fair Trade, there are businesses like Divine Chocolate, based in the United Kingdom, that are entirely farmer-owned.

Copyright © 2008 | Distributed by Noofangle Media

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