Earth Day: Spread the Word While Saving the World

The saying, “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem,” couldn’t be more apt for restaurants looking to change the world for the better.

Earth Day on April 22 offers restaurant owners an ideal way to spread the good word about improving the environment, while simultaneously putting in effect new efficiencies and policies that reduce their overall carbon footprint.

Earth Day, which counts more than one billion participants worldwide, is the largest civic observance …

Coffee’s latest health perk?

Drinking coffee may cut your risk of colon cancer by as much as 50 percent, a new study suggests.

The more you drink, the more you may reduce your risk — and it makes no difference whether the coffee is regular or decaf, researchers said.

“The protective effect is not caffeine, per se, but probably a lot of other antioxidant ingredients in the coffee that are released in the roasting process,” said senior researcher Dr. Gad Rennert. He is director …

World Coffee Supply Shrinking

Coffee entered a bull market in the week of March 14, and prices may continue to climb due to worldwide crop losses. El Niño has impacted crops in South America and Southeast Asia, leaving the world supply of coffee fragile, according to Coex managing director Ernesto Alvarez.

Meanwhile, worldwide demand may exceed output by up to 4 million bags after a 4.8 million-bag deficit during this crop year. Brazil’s inventory is reported to be the lowest in 15 years, with …

Boutique coffee shops jolt chains

By KRYSTA FAURIA Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coffee obsession has reached a new peak: You can now know the altitude at which the beans used for your morning cup of java were grown.

Spurred by the popularity of boutique coffee purveyors, Starbucks and other chains are taking steps to appeal to the growing ranks of coffee aficionados. They are experimenting with different roasting and brewing techniques, while providing more information about the origins of their customers’ favorite brew. …

The Coffee Quiz: How Much Do You Know about the Coffee You Sell?

It doesn’t matter if you are walking down a rural Main Street or on Fifth Avenue, there seems to be a coffee shop on every corner these days and sometimes one or two in the middle of the block.

Throw in home brewing machines and drive-through java huts and all the restaurants with a percolator and U.S. coffee consumption is at record highs.  How high? About 64 percent of Americans have a daily cup and the average per drinker is …

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge Roadmap

Conservation International is unveiling the next phase in its Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a roadmap, tomorrow morning during the International Coffee Organization’s 4th World Coffee Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Unveiled last December during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge has a stated goal of making coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product. Managed by the nonprofit Conservation International with initial funding from Starbucks — the two groups worked together on Starbucks’ supply

The Coffee Quiz: How Much Do You Know about the Coffee You Sell?

It doesn’t matter if you are walking down a rural Main Street or tony Fifth Avenue, there seems to be a coffee shop on every corner these days and sometimes one or two in the middle of the block.

Throw in home brewing machines and drive-through java huts and all the restaurants with a percolator and U.S. coffee consumption is at record highs.  How high? About 64 percent of Americans have a daily cup and the average per drinker is …

Coffee brewers are focused on premium products

“To brew each cup by order takes more people, better trained people,” says Michael Phillips, director of training at Blue Bottle Coffee, which has shops in New York, California and Japan and offers several slow brewing methods. “It’s a significantly higher burden for the business.”

Starbucks, which established the taste for specialty coffee, is grappling with line speed. Slow lines turn off customers, and it now offers new technologies to help speed things along. read more – http://on.mktw.net/21j9LGf

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