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David Pohl

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Political Instability, Climate Change and High Coffee Prices

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Coffee, like a lot of commodities, is getting expensive. Political instability, such as we are seeing today in Egypt and Tunisia, as well as climate change around the world, are conspiring to push prices up for everything from corn to coffee. Since June the cost of raw green Arabica coffee...

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Ethiopian Coffee Trends for 2011

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 8:09 AM

Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and you can still find it growing wild in the forests of Kaffa. On a December trip to Ethiopia I tasted a Kaffa "forest" coffee - mother nature's bounty - it had tremendous body and was decidedly floral. Yes, I thought, this...

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Cookstoves in the Coffee Industry

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 1:53 PM

As a coffee roaster, I work day in, day out in an environment that, if I weren't using a sophisticated machine, would be very smoky. Happily for me, I use the roaster's equivalent of a sexy green Tesla Roadster 2.5. Equator's Loring Smart roaster is a...

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"The End of Coffee As We Know It"

(68) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 1:59 PM

Coffee pundits are fretting about a coffee "shortage", which has led to a 35% price spike over the past four months on the NY ICE Coffee Futures Exchange. We're hearing dire predictions of doom and gloom, an "end to coffee as we know it." Leave it to mainstream media and...

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