March 2008 Blog Posts (77)

Fishbein Declares Confidence, Resigns from Board Role at Coffee Kids

Bill Fishbein, founder of Coffee Kids, has resigned from the board of directors. Declaring his confidence in the organization Fishbein has decided to offer his expertise to other non-profits and businesses looking to maximize the impact of their Corporate Social Responsibility dollars and pursue other opportunities to help coffee-farming families. Fishbein continues to be an ardent supporter of Coffee Kids and will continue to advocate for the organization and serve on the board of Coffee Kids… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on March 8, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Going Green in Your Coffee House!

As a coffee house owner there are many decisions that one can make to offer sustainable coffees, environmentally friendly products and to create a culture within your business that is socially responsible. I have seen an exponential growth in customer education and social awareness in the past few years and am excited to see coffee houses and coffee roasters/green coffee buyers focusing not only on quality but also developing direct relationships with coffee farmers… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 7, 2008 at 1:46pm — 7 Comments

Coffee & Cigars @ SCAA

Is Minneapolis a cigar friendly town? Is anyone up for a gathering of coffee and cigar folks? We can call it the puff and slurp social! Looking for a location - please let us know of a suitable location.

The Coffee & Cigars Group

Added by Spencer on March 7, 2008 at 9:34am — 12 Comments

Fair Trade

I am writing an essay on the fairtrade movement...I am learning so much! I would love to hear the thoughts of those directly involved in the movement, whether you are part of and NGO, retailer, buyer, or producer!

Hope to hear from anyone...

Added by Noelle on March 6, 2008 at 8:53pm — 7 Comments

New Jobs Section on Barista Exchange!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for your participation on bX. I am pleased with the growth of the site so far, and have some great PR stuff planned in the near future. I recently added a new "Jobs" posting page on the site. The format and functionality is killer and as someone who has posted jobs on bX before I encourage you to try it out.…


Added by Matt Milletto on March 6, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

One Month in, What now?

I've been here in Guatemala now for a month. I'm now doing all the roasting orders for Mike with the exception of a few special ones he directs, but still involves me in. I've visited several farms and learned about green coffee selection and what to look for.

My next big task is taking my own farm trip. I'm planning on spending a week in Antigua visiting friends and checking out a few farms. There is also a possibility that I'll make a trip up to Hue Hue Tenango, though I'm not sure about… Continue

Added by James Spano on March 6, 2008 at 7:43pm — 1 Comment

Thank you everyone! we raised $3803.00 for Carlos Martin's family!

Thank you to all the great people who put their money where their heart is and donated money to help support Juana Martin and her family. Together we raised $3,803.00 for the Martin family!!

Edwin Martinez of Finca Vista Hermosa is flying to Guatemala Friday the 7th and will be bringing down the money to help out the entire family. Thank you so much to all who donated, chipped in and helped out. I know that several other great roasters like Victrola Coffee, Brown Coffee and others… Continue

Added by Andy Newbom on March 6, 2008 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Free Coffee Shop Advertising

Does your coffee shop have free internet access? Did you know there are several online Wi-Fi directories where you can list your Coffee Shop Hotspot for free? It's true and it's quick and easy to do. Visit our website to read the rest of the article, Free Coffee Shop Advertising.

Added by Aaron Daywitt on March 5, 2008 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Steam Wand Mojo.

So, another little thing about living on a small island way out in the Pacific is that you can't find anyone to fix your espresso machine. Needless to say, I'm doing pretty good at fixing stuff, reading manuals, and I'm way more mechanically inclined than I ever knew. However, our steam want pulled out of it's socket a few weeks ago. What do you do? So we jimmy-rigged a wand from another machine that we have (our current method of competing with other shops is to buy up all the espresso… Continue

Added by Anni Caporuscio on March 5, 2008 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Barista Exchange Meet Up & Dance Party - Ithaca, NY

We are proud to announce the next Barista Exchange Meet Up will take place Friday, April 11th in conjunction with the NERBC. The party is sponsored by the American Barista & Coffee School

Here are the details:

Friday, April 11th, 2008

8pm - 1am

Ithaca, NY

The Chanticleer Loft (corner of Cayuga St. and State St.)

Barista… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on March 5, 2008 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Coffee Farmers who are Landmine Victims!

Major coffee producing regions of the world have also been the sites of bitter conflict, including Columbia, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Uganda, Angola and Ethiopia. Tragically, areas with the heaviest concentrations of landmine use and the best coffee producing regions frequently overlap.

One of the best places to grow high quality coffee is in the mountains, the same areas that in times of war are strategically significant as borders between territories, or as… Continue

Added by Swapna on March 5, 2008 at 7:44am — 2 Comments

Help needed for school in Tanzania!

For donations or more information please contact me or:

Tloma Primary school is located in Karatu, Tanzania. A little village situated west of Arusha. The conditions of their school is what you can see in the pic... it is really horrible...

A group of friends will be travelling soon to help them built a better school so any thing will be helpfull...

Pens, books, ETC ETC is… Continue

Added by chiara nicolini jiskra on March 4, 2008 at 10:58am — 3 Comments

Don't forget!

Sunday, March 9th, there will be Spring Bashage to be had at Harefield Road! Harefield Road is a great little spot just east of the corner of Graham and Metropolitan Avenues. Bashage will take form at this event in many coffee professionals, enthusiasts and friends getting together for beer and good times with no espresso machine in sight. Easy arrival at the Graham Avenue stop on the L train. See you there!

Added by Ed Kaufmann on March 4, 2008 at 8:04am — No Comments

Got several cool things coming up. Check 'em out!

This Sunday night at 6PM. Informal barista jam. Sling some espresso, throw some milk, talk some smack.
Next Friday, March 14th. Coffee cupping and roundtable. 10AM. Cup some coffees, talk about the state of coffee in the area.
Dilworth Coffee Roastery, Charlotte.
Contact me if you're interested.

Added by Jason Dominy on March 3, 2008 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Coffee and Popcorn: Movies to See

We just received a DVD here in the Coffee Kids offices and thought you should check it out as well.

Black Coffee is a three-hour, three part movie chronicling the history of coffee and the conditions faced by coffee farmers. It gives a great unbiased overview of the coffee industry, but also explains the challenges that coffee farmers are facing.

Black Gold is another good movie to… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on March 3, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Asheville, NC coffee scene.

Well, I just got back from a trip up the mountain to Asheville, NC. It's a pretty laid back town, with a broad spectrum of people. Every time I get up there, the place is a little different, so it's fun to see what's going on there. I visited several coffeehouses in the area, even one in a red double-decker bus that was cool. The shops I visited were, Double Decker Coffee, Izzy's Coffee Den, World Coffee, Asheville Coffee Roasters, and Caffeind. I had some great coffee, I had some horrible… Continue

Added by Jason Dominy on March 2, 2008 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

Ethical Beans

In Search of an Ethical Bean This recent article from News Leader in Staunton, Va., gives a recap of local efforts to ensure fair trade for coffee farmers. It's a nice article covering the benefits of a variety of price premiums for farmers. But in the seventh paragraph, Melissa Scholl, co-owner of… Continue

Added by Coffee Kids on March 1, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

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