Is This the End of Organic Coffee?

Salon rings the alarm bells on a new ruling released by the USDA that would tighten the requirements for organic certification, and in so doing cause irreparable harm to smallholder farmers of organic certified specialty coffee the world over. Last month, the U.S....

Intelligentsia Coffee Gets Direct

Frustrated with the foibles and shortcomings of Fair Trade certification — among them Fair Trade’s failure to address coffee quality, and its inability to contract with family farms or estates but only coffee growing coops — a number of boutique...

Starbucks’ Soul Search

The Siren searches for a new song to sing. Something with soul. So the leaked Valentine’s Day memo from Starbucks’ chair, Howard Schultz, has been authenticated. The memo reads as a frank and candid assessment of the coffee behemoth… and offers a few...

Tasting: FTO Ethiopian Sidamo

Rating: [rating:4/5] “You’ve already won me over-in spite of me. So don’t be alarmed if I fall head over feet. And don’t be surprised if I love you for all that you are. I couldn’t help it — it’s all your fault.” —...

A Reasonable Look at Fair Trade

Reason Magazine has published one of the more — well, reasonable — articles about Fair Trade I’ve read in quite some time. It’s a lengthy piece and it covers a lot of angles, so it’s tough to grab a representative paragraph that...

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