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Calculate the crazy price of pre-packaged single-serve coffee!
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World's largest coffee buyers fail at sourcing eco-friendly coffee. Exception: Starbucks.
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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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I've updated my page on the basics of shade-grown coffee -- what it is and its benefits.
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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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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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Here is a long, geeky post about the potato taint/defect in some African coffees.
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How much eco-certified coffee is purchased by the world's major coffee roasters?
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Are your beans for the birds?
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Coffee drinkers have the potential to make a huge impact on the environment and economies of coffee growing nations. In the last few decades, there has been a shift from traditional, sustainable coffee growing methods to intense monocultures that require large inputs of fertilizer and pesticides. This brings about a loss in biodiversity and quickly depletes the land.

Learn about sustainable coffee. Here's some important stuff...
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Your morning cup can change the world!

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