April 24, 2013 It doesn't take much effort to find bags of coffee with labels that promise social and environmental improvements. But each one of these certification programs promises something different for the farmer and the land — and every promise involves some compromises.
April 23, 2013 That tasty cup of java from your favorite gourmet coffee shop began life on a farm thousands of miles away. Farmers who cater to the specialty coffee market compete on quality. And some use the higher prices their beans fetch to reinvest in their businesses and improve conditions for workers.
April 22, 2013 Coffee is social stimulant, solitary pleasure, intellectual catalyst. It also connects us to far corners of the globe. From small specialty farms in Guatemala to large, industrial operations in Brazil and unexpected corners of the world, like Vietnam, the world's morning cup of joe makes quite a journey.
October 16, 2012 Would you pay $25 for one ounce of coffee from beans that traveled an animal's intestinal system? Many people do, and like it, although I'm not so sure. In fact, a whole industry has cropped up around cat poop coffee, which experts say has degraded the taste of the real thing.
September 25, 2012 Cooks and servers, scientists and sales reps — those are some of the workers who say they perform better after drinking coffee. People who work as nurses, journalists, and teachers also say they're more effective if they have coffee, in a survey from Dunkin Donuts and CareerBuilder.
August 17, 2012 The rising popularity of premium coffee in the U.S. is having a direct positive effect on some of the poorest farmers in the world. Freelance photographer Jonathan Kalan has seen it firsthand, and explains how this business sprung up in Rwanda and how it continues to benefit the family farmers.
May 16, 2012 Journalists seem to love writing about scientific studies on coffee and wine, and we're no exception. The latest is that a big new study finds people who drink two or three cups of coffee a day may cut the risk of dying from certain diseases, but scientists don't really know why.
January 31, 2012 Starbucks has announced it's barreling into India with plans to open 50 stores before the end of the year. That's just one of several new strategies — from a new coffee product to serving alcohol at some of its U.S. stores — to get bigger and more profitable.
January 17, 2012 By now, many New Year's resolvers are finding out how difficult it is to give up caffeine. History brims over with coffee-lovers who couldn't bring themselves to quit the bean — even when they faced decapitation.
December 27, 2011 AeroShot, a breathable form of caffeine, offers coffee and energy drink addicts a new way to get their fix. But some say the product is being marketed like a drug, and could be a health risk for young people.