La Minita Coffee – It’s in the Green Beans

Written by Jim Cameron

La Minita; Spanish for “The Little Gold Mine” says it all. La Minita is arguablyrepparttar best coffee inrepparttar 146243 world and is sipped byrepparttar 146244 who’s who inrepparttar 146245 specialty coffee industry as well as by those of us who have access to it in our businesses. Similar torepparttar 146246 wine industry,repparttar 146247 best coffees are not alwaysrepparttar 146248 most expensive. There are many factors involved in determiningrepparttar 146249 final price of a coffee, unfortunatelyrepparttar 146250 quality ofrepparttar 146251 bean is only one of them.

La Minita comes fromrepparttar 146252 Tarrazu region of Costa Rica in Central America. This region has long been known for it’s quality coffee and remains one ofrepparttar 146253 finest growing regions inrepparttar 146254 world. The La Minita Estate is located atrepparttar 146255 pinnacle of this region on a spur between two rivers 5700 feet above sea level. The farm actually has several “Micro Climates” withinrepparttar 146256 farm which effectrepparttar 146257 crop in different ways. The meticulous way in which coffee is grown, pruned, fertilized, shaded, and weeded all add torepparttar 146258 final product. Long before “Organic” was popular, this farm was using machetes to cut back weeds rather than chemicals. Long before “fair trade” was popular this farm was treating it’s employees with respect, providing dental and medical resources right onrepparttar 146259 farm, paying above local scale, providing household items at below cost prices, and encouraged a coffee workers association to promote fair, safe and equitable conditions.

Whenrepparttar 146260 “new crop” is in, samples are taken from each ofrepparttar 146261 micro growing regions onrepparttar 146262 farm and cupped to determinerepparttar 146263 years mix. The pickers start at daybreak and finish picking about noon. The days harvest is measured from each picker then at a central pick up point and again atrepparttar 146264 mill. Every La Minita coffee bean arrives atrepparttar 146265 millrepparttar 146266 same day it is picked which is essential in producingrepparttar 146267 world’s best coffee. The milling process is more meticulous than other mills andrepparttar 146268 beans are watched at each stage ofrepparttar 146269 preparation. When they have reachedrepparttar 146270 point where most beans would be bagged up and exported, LaMinita enters its final stage. Every bean is looked at by trained coffee sorters who go over and overrepparttar 146271 beans removing any bean that may taintrepparttar 146272 final cup.

Pesticides, Can we avoid them?

Written by Anna Maria Volpi

Why, unfortunately, just washing vegetables is not enough to ensure produce clean enough for consumption

We all ingest lots of chemicals, one way or another. We breathe them, we drink them, and we eat them. The most troublesome are pesticides in produce. It makes me uncomfortable to think that while we are eating fruits and vegetables in reality we are also ingesting poisons that can accumulate in our bodies and make us very sick. This is food that supposes to be healthy and good for us!

Even ifrepparttar most toxic chemicals have already been banned for use in agriculture, pesticides in general are poisons designed to kill insects, weed, small rodents and other pests. The long time effects of these poisons on people are not completely known. Evenrepparttar 146148 minimal risk with these pollutants is too much, when we think we may expose children. We should try to do every effort to minimize our intake of these adverse chemicals.

Education isrepparttar 146149 key. Knowing which produce contain more pollutants can help us makerepparttar 146150 right choices, avoidingrepparttar 146151 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eatingrepparttar 146152 least polluted, or buy organic instead. In simulation of consumers eating habits has been demonstrated that changing a little bitrepparttar 146153 eating practices can lower considerablyrepparttar 146154 ingestion of pesticides.

The results of an investigation on pesticides in produce byrepparttar 146155 USDA Pesticide Data Program (*), show that fruits toppedrepparttar 146156 list ofrepparttar 146157 consistently most contaminated produce, with eight ofrepparttar 146158 12 most polluted foods. The dirty dozen are: Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Cherries, Imported Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Potatoes, Red Raspberries, Spinach, and Strawberries.

You don’t like broccoli? Too bad because they are among those least contaminated. In factrepparttar 146159 12 least polluted produce are: Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Corn, Kiwi, Mangos, Onions, Papaya, Pineapples, and Sweet Peas.

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