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Are your beans for the birds?
Are your beans for the birds?

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Keurig is going to sell new brewers starting at $250 -- and K-Cups won't fit. If you take apart the new single-cup portion packs and your local recycling program takes #5 plastic, they can be recycled. I wonder: how many old brewers will be discarded in favor of the new ones, which have many more features? How many people will bother to properly recycle the new cups? Why can't the old K-Cups be made of the same plastic?? Discuss.

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World's largest coffee buyers fail at sourcing eco-friendly coffee. Exception: Starbucks.

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Starbucks has a supplier program called CAFE Practices that uses a long set of environmental, economic, quality, and social standards. I looked at a series of reports that assessed how well these standards are working at the farm and regional level.

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Why would anyone in their right mind pay $50/pound for Folgers coffee in K-Cups? Not only are these single-serve portions extremely wasteful, the coffee doesn't taste very good and the parent company (Smucker) buys no documented ethically-sourced coffee and has no corporate sustainability plans. Search for either "Smucker" or "K-Cups" on Coffee &Conservation for more info.

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Here is a long, geeky post about the potato taint/defect in some African coffees.

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I've updated my page on the basics of shade-grown coffee -- what it is and its benefits.
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