Coffee can change lives

The Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards, presented by illycaffè, were held in New York City on 16 October.

The impact of science and technology on packaging

Forgive me for another packaging-related blog, but I seem to have “packaging on the brain” since attending Pack Expo Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, and several of the sessions are still resonating with me.

Can packaging be a solution to achieving sustainability?

On 28 September, Global Citizen held the “Concert to End Extreme Poverty” in Central Park in New York City. The multitude of headliners included Queen, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, One Republic and Carol King. Throughout the concert, videos were shown of impoverished countries and starving people, children in particular.

Witnessing coffee history

This week I attended the 125th Session of the International Coffee Council (ICC) and witnessed leading coffee roasters and traders agree to the historic declaration on the economic sustainability of the world coffee industry.

UK coffeehouse market remains buoyant

This month celebrates the 25th anniversary of the sitcom Friends, which took place in the local coffeehouse – Central Perk – almost as often as in the characters’ apartments.

Got milk? Is it non-dairy?

“Got milk?” was an immensely popular advertising campaign from the United States Dairy Association that featured actors, athletes and other celebrities drinking milk and wearing “milk mustaches,” which ran for many years on television and billboards across the country.

WCPF and AVANCE – A Perspective

Last month, over 1,500 coffee people gathered together in Campinas, Brazil for the II World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF) – arguably the most important coffee industry gathering organized by (and mainly for) producing countries.

Experiencing Vietnam’s famed egg coffee

I was invited by the Vietnam Tea Association (VITAS) to visit tea gardens and factories in several northern provinces in Vietnam to assess the country’s efforts to improve the quality and reputation of their tea, both black and green.

The women behind Vietnamese tea

Earlier this week I returned from Vietnam where I had been visiting green, black and shan tea gardens and factories in the Son La and Phu Tho provinces.

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