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

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 –

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