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California’s Prop 65 Coffee Debate

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By Kerri Goodman-Small & Miles Small Coffee Talk, September 2011 - Nothing quite says California like Prop 65. For those unfamiliar with this exquisite piece of populous voting, Prop 65 was adopted through public vote in the State of California in 1986. Formally known as "The Safe Drinking Water and…
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Full Speed Ahead | C-Market Update

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So it’s been a long time since my last blog. My fault. Nobody else to blame. I have seen the coffee market go from a high of $3.11 to now a more manageable $1.85. Two days ago it hit a 17 month low at $1.80, and let me tell you…
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Coffee Growers Forge A Futures Recovery

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Wall Street Journal - March 16, 2012 NARANJO, Costa Rica—Coffee producers in the heart of this region that grows top-notch beans learned a tough lesson in 2001, the last time prices sank: Even gourmet coffee can leave a bitter taste. This time, they are better prepared. Prices of arabica beans,…
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Oklahoma Couple Weds At Starbucks

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Tulsa, OK—A couple whose love story started over a cup of coffee looked no further than their local Starbucks when it came time to tie the knot. "We fell in love over conversations of coffee," bride Eva McCarthy Capparello said. The bride and groom, Carmine& Eva Capparello, said "I do"…
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Get Up, Dust Off And Keep Moving Forward

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In my last comments the market stood at $2.90. We are now at $2.36 which is a much more manageable number. First The Bad First, let us get the bad news out of the way. Coffees are tight; rains in Central America, Colombia and Indonesia will make certain the coffee…
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Daily Coffee May Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk

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By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News Your morning coffee might do more than jump-start your day. Researchers say that daily caffeine jolt might also reduce your risk of developing a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer, with nearly one million new cases…
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Heavy Rains Threaten Coffee Crops

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Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2011 A worker shovels coffee in El Paste, El Salvador. Rough weather there and elsewhere in Central America has threatened production and transport. Torrential rains are pounding down on coffee production and trade routes in Central America, supplier of 10% of the world's coffee beans.…
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Up, Up And Away | C-Market Update

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Well here we are at the beginning of September and we are on our second wave of the 2011 Coffee Market bull run. After reaching a low of $2.38 we now stand today at $2.90, with 18 days of consecutive gains. Roasters and importers are stressed. The Big Dogs’ Market…
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Got 10 Bucks For A Cup Of Joe?

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Kansas City Star, 2011 If you're angry that Wall Street speculators have been driving up the price you pay for gasoline, these same big financial investors now are pushing up the price of your cup of joe. Grocery shoppers have seen whopping increases this year in the price of a…
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16 Ways To Reuse Old Coffee Grounds

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Stop! Don’t automatically toss those used coffee grounds in the trash – there are a ton of ways to reuse old coffee grounds around your house or apartment. While a morning cup of coffee (or two or three) is great, the used grounds can serve many more purposes after providing…
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