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Fair trade is not doing enough for coffee – senior UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs

MEDELLIN, Colombia – A small extra 5¢ in the final price of a cup of coffee, but directly paid to producers, would significantly improve their income, said world-renowned sustainable development expert Jeffrey Sachs at the 1st World Coffee Producers Forum. “We need to revisit mechanisms for making consumers pay ...

Coffee is an anchor for rural development–former US president Bill Clinton

MEDELLIN, Colombia – Former US President Bill Clinton, recognized for his poverty alleviation and rural development efforts, said coffee is an anchor for rural development during his participation in the 1st World Coffee Producers Forum. Mr. Clinton participated in the panel “Economic Sustainability and Rural Development to ...

Colombian farmers move from coca to coffee with Starbucks support

MANIZALES, Colombia – Alfredo Nuno’s morning ritual has been the same for the past 18 years: Wake up, grind coffee beans, pour the grounds into a coffee press, let them steep in water, take a sip – and feel the past and present rise up and meet. It’s a humbling moment, he said on a recent morning.

SA literacy organisation teams up with coffee company to bring awareness

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The campaign is one that seeks to highlight the power and joy of reading. Learners from across South Africa’s provinces were invited to design their very own coffee sleeve based on the reasons why they love reading. Illiteracy is a major concern among primary school goers in South Africa ...

Coffee for Karma: Brno man gives out free coffee for good deeds

BRNO, Czech Repblic – You can buy coffee with the currency of karma. In Brno, Libor Hoření is giving out free coffee to those who have done good deeds. Hoření started Dobro Káva, a coffee stand trying to make the Czech Republic a better place. The coffee stand is in Cabbage Square Market (Zelném trhu).

Starbucks to hire thousands of refugees to serve Europeans coffee

SEATTLE, U.S. – American coffeehouse chain Starbucks said on Tuesday it would employ 2,500 refugees in its European stores by 2022. It is a part of a global program to provide jobs for refugees announced in January.

Lutheran World Relief and THRIVE Farmers announce new venture

BALTIMORE, U.S. – Lutheran World Relief (LWR), in partnership with THRIVE Farmers, has announced the launch of LWR Farmers Market Coffee, sourced directly from farmers in Nicaragua. This new venture — now accepting pre-orders — brings LWR, a faith-based international humanitarian organization with decades of experience working ...

Starbucks partners with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation

SEATTLE, U.S. – Starbucks will donate 25 cents from each one of its colorful Cups of Kindness beverages sold at participating Starbucks stores in the United States and Canada through June 19 to Born This Way Foundation. Funds raised will go toward programs that support youth wellness and empowerment by fostering ...

Nucucina Premium French press adds flavor and aroma to morning coffee

PORTLAND, OR U.S. – The creative kitchen tools team at Nucucina have done it yet again. Putting their eye for detail and their uncanny ability to perfect the everyday items people take for granted to use in the world of coffee, they have breathed new life into the morning rituals of millions of people.

European Union to help Fiji’s coffee industry after Winston Cyclone

NADROGA PROVINCE, Fiji – Yesterday, Bula Coffee co-founder, Luke Fryett, displayed the newly acquired mobile coffee processor in Nadroumai Village (Nadroga Province), which will allow Bula Coffee to expand its coffee supply base to isolated locations in Vanua Levu, thus increasing the company’s coffee supply and offering farmers new income.