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Posted Fri Nov 22, 2002, 12:00am
Subject: The Basics of Ethical Coffees by Guest Author
 

The Basics of Ethical Coffees
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Becky Herndon gives us a primer on what to look for when sourcing, sampling, and buying ethical coffees as a consumer.
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Posted Mon Nov 25, 2002, 7:29am
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Your article easily explained the differences in the terminologies used with coffee beans and growers.  I thought I knew what the terms meant and it turns out I did, but I was never really sure.  Your article helped confirm what I thought I knew.

Thanks for taking the time to write it.

Jim
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It might have also been good to mention that 'ethical coffee' can be quite a challenge since there are many regions and farmers who cannot participate in any of the existing programs because certification is not available in their region.

Tough issues all...

Tarik
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Posted Tue Nov 26, 2002, 9:54am
Subject: Thanks Tarik
 

Good point. Some growers don't have much choice with how their beans get to market. I wrote this article for a consumer's perspective. An article from the farmers perspective is something I would leave to someone with more experience.

--Becky
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2002, 10:09am
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Now that would be an intriguing article. I wish someone would write it (I sure can't).

From a consumer's perspective, the certifications and/or direct relationships info definitely help, and I'd like them to increase into more regions.

Tarik
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Posted Wed Nov 27, 2002, 1:20pm
Subject: From the Farmer's persepective
 

Guess what! We're actually working on this - I've been talking to a few folks who've been to origin (ie, visited the farms they buy from) and we're working on getting an article from a farmer coop in Nicaraugua (sp). Or possibily Guatamala. Stay tuned for it.
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Posted Wed Dec 4, 2002, 6:44am
Subject: Price Per Pound
 

I toured the Kona district this past August and noticed an average going rate of $.90 per pound of cherries - which seemed rather low to me and made me wonder why would these people become involved with a crop whose price is so low (but I come from outside the agricultural world and am unfamiliar with how these things go).

Your article made me wonder how much farmers are being paid in South America and elsewhere.  Then, when I saw the $1.26 per pound quote, it made me wonder how can Fair Trade Coffee be cheaper than Kona on the market?

How widely distributed is the $1.26 price?  I imagine that with the Fair Trade Certification requirement most farmers do not meet this specification and are being paid far less?
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