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Passport Series: Brazil

Paul Haworth

If Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, Brazil is where it went to business school. Really though, coffee as a globally traded commodity has been more impacted by Brazil then any other country of origin. The saying goes that when Brazil sneezes, the rest of the coffee world catches a cold. Anyone who wants to understand how coffee prices have been (and still are being) set, learn why Fair Trade was established, or glimpse the full potential of highly mechanized coffee production cannot do so without learning about Brazil.

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Less Coffee, More Experience

Paul Haworth

Coffee professionals are often asked how many cups they consume in a given day. If you aren't one of them (and haven't ever asked the question) the answer may surprise you. Does a single cup per day seem crazy? It is actually pretty common for this to be the case. Some prefer as few as 5 ounces while others may consume as many as 12, but rarely do you find a specialty coffee pro who is drinking cup after cup as one might imagine. Why is this?

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Resolutions & Coffee

Paul Haworth

You say you want a resolution? We have a few coffee related ideas for you to consider if you're looking for some challenges in this brand new year. Whether you are a total novice or a seasoned specialty coffee drinker, there are ways to expand your horizons and further your enjoyment that can play nicely with the fresh enthusiasm a reset calendar brings.

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Coffee Hype And What It Means

Paul Haworth

A common first question asked by those interested in specialty coffee is something along the line of what the 'best coffee' in the world is. There are many subjective ways to answer this question but usually the individual is asking about something quantified. They may want to know about high cupping (coffee tasting) scores, but more often than not it is expense that they want to know about. They are curious about whatever is currently 'hyped up' and costly.

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Certifications: Don't Export Your Ethics, Use Them Here.

Paul Haworth

If you are a coffee lover, chances are that at some point you have wondered about the value of buying beans that are 'Certified Fair Trade.' There will be those who tell you it is as bad to buy non-certified coffee as it is to buy a 'blood diamond.' On the other side, there are many who claim the certification system is a racket that only makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. So, who is right?

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