What is Sustainable Coffee and How Does it Affect My Wake Cup?

Written by http://www.TastesOfTheWorld.net © Copyright 2005

Gourmet coffee lovers have been seeing a few new terms inrepparttar local premium coffee shop as they file pastrepparttar 113083 seasonal retail displays of roasted whole bean bagged coffees. Phrases include eco-friendly, organic, shade grown, fair trade and certified sustainable. Most often those beans seem torepparttar 113084 casual buyer to be simply more expensive thanrepparttar 113085 corporate mega-brands.

But these few phrases represent far more than at first glance, including economic and social gains forrepparttar 113086 growing regions and farmers, harvesters and processors of green coffee beans atrepparttar 113087 local level. Sustainable coffee means premium prices and quality coffee due to organic farming practices, fair market payment for beans to local growers and quality controls being adopted byrepparttar 113088 "certified" coffee brands.

Those premium coffee prices reflect growing concerns worldwide of paying fair wages to growers, using more expensive ecologically friendly organic farming practices, better pay for traditionally underpaid harvesters and processing workers and strict quality controls being adopted for "certified sustainable coffees."

Daniele Giovannucci consults with governments, international agencies, and businesses on coffee markets and production strategies to improve competitiveness and support innovative environmental and rural poverty reduction work. Giovannucci has authored exhaustive studies, includingrepparttar 113089 2003, "The State of Sustainable Coffee Report - A Study of Twelve Major Markets."


This study discusses coffee market forces in Europe and Japan andrepparttar 113090 growth of sustainable coffee aroundrepparttar 113091 world, estimating that fair trade, organic, and eco-friendly coffees represent less than 2 percent of coffee consumption in developed markets.

Another Giovannucci authored study, "Sustainable Coffee Survey ofrepparttar 113092 North American Specialty Coffee Industry," he estimatesrepparttar 113093 Global market for sustainable coffee to be approximately $565 million retail for over a million 60 kilo (about 132 pounds) bags of green coffee beans.


It is estimated that growers of certified sustainable coffees can nearly double their income from otherwise depressed coffee prices. So economically challenged third world countries see small farmers adopting organic growing techniques as a ticket out of poverty and subsistence. Corporate buyers are attracted to sustainable growers by consumer goodwill and health concerns related to those organically grown coffees. This leads to dubious claims by some ofrepparttar 113094 corporate coffee representatives and has lead torepparttar 113095 need for certification authorities.

3 Methods For Perfectly Melted Chocolate

Written by Lee Dobbins

Melting chocolate for baking is an exacting task, if not done perfectly you can end up with a burned or grainy mess and ruin whatever you are baking. Below are 3 methods for melting chocolate, each can be successful in itís own way and you need only pick a method that works for you and get cooking!

In The Oven

Chocolate can be melted inrepparttar oven quite easily but you will need to be very diligent about watching it. Itís easy to get caught up in your other baking chores and not realize that you have overheated it until it is too late. To melt chocolate inrepparttar 113082 oven, heatrepparttar 113083 oven to 110 degrees. Choprepparttar 113084 chocolate and place in a dish insiderepparttar 113085 oven. Keeprepparttar 113086 door open and check regularly. It will take about an hour to melt thoroughly.

Double Boiler Method

This tried and true method uses two pots or a special double boiler pot. The bottom pot has about an inch of water in it andrepparttar 113087 top pot is a bit smaller and rests onrepparttar 113088 bottom pot. The water should be heated to just below a simmer. Choprepparttar 113089 chocolate and put it inrepparttar 113090 top pot. The chocolate should be stirred until melted and you must be very careful not to get any water mixed in withrepparttar 113091 chocolate as this will make it grainey.

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