An Ode to the Old Machines

Espressolab waxes poetic on the machines of days gone by. Has something been lost in the translation from brass and chrome and Bakelite lever pulls to the high-performance, stainless steel, push-button ‘lectronic boxes of the present age? Romance,...

Tasting: Equal Exchange Mind, Body & Soul

Rating: [rating:3.5/5] Equal Exchange is an unusual company. It’s not simply an employee-owned business (a growing number of companies are, for a given value of employee owned) but is instead a worker-owned cooperative… which is a very interesting and...

For Want of Willing Workers?

Premium Gourmet Coffee beans from Puerto Rico go to waste because Puerto Rican coffee growers can’t find enough workers to harvest the beans, according to Julio Torres, executive vice president of Grupo Jimenez, the island nation’s leading producer....

Tasting: Starbucks’ Rift Valley Blend

Rating: [rating:3/5] I’m surprised as anyone to find myself reviewing two dark-roasted coffees back-to-back, and more surprised to find that they’re both African origins (the coffee immediately prior was Ancora’s Kenya AA Nyeri “Fine...

Those Frugal Vermonters

To say that the native Vermonter is frugal is something akin to suggesting that a Scotsman has a passing interest in plaid. That is to say, it so understates the depth and breadth of the Vermonter’s frugality that it belies the essential truth, which is that...
Pastores Farm & Beneficio

Pastores Farm & Beneficio

A new Flickr slideshow — this time the Pastores farm and beneficio just about ten minutes from Antigua, Guatemala. Pastores is a stunning place; a colonial-style oasis that doubles as a weekend spa and retreat from the hustle and bustle of Guatemala City....
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