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Askinosie Chocolate is a family-owned, small batch, bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Springfield, Missouri that sources cocoa beans directly from farmers, a buying model not unlike the Direct Trade purchasing model pioneered by Intelligentsia.... Read more »
We make choices every day, and it is in our interests to be as thorough as we can when making them so that we can be confident in our decisions and reasonably sure they are based on good information rather than erroneous assumptions. When considering organic coffee, there are some common misperceptions that may lead us to make choices that don’t always correspond with our personal goals the way they might appear to on the surface.
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Coffee, when cultivated under the right conditions, is a friend to both conservationists and social justice activists. It is one of the only cash crops in the world that can be grown in rustic, bio-diverse environments under native shade canopy. It is a woody perennial that supports the livelihoods of millions of small farmers around the globe and often serves as the last buffer to deforestation. When traded fairly and transparently, it can be a powerful vehicle to help families in developing countries overcome poverty.... Read more »
This is the first in a four-part series that will highlight some of the most critical issues surrounding organic production in coffee farming systems. Its principle aim is to shed some light on the reasoning that informs farmers’ decisions when considering whether or not to pursue organic certification and to examine the rationale for choosing to purchase organic coffees from a consumer’s perspective. The final piece will describe Intelligentsia’s position on organic coffee in the context of our overall commitment to sustainability. ... Read more »
Coffee is full of surprises, and every season a handful of coffees emerge as standout favorites amongst our lineup of all-star caliber offerings. During the last couple of months our selection of Colombian coffees from Huila and Nariño--sold under the Tres Santos banner--have been singled out by both our baristas and our roasters as the ‘stars’ of the moment. Over the last 17 years every origin we work with has had its time in the sun, embraced above all others as the most beloved coffee on the list.... Read more »
Though it may not feel like it, springtime is right around the corner. For coffee shops, this means three things – more customers, more sales and fresh Direct Trade arrivals from Central America. Now is a great time to start planning how to make the most of it.... Read more »