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Coffee News Around the World

There is always something going on in the news about coffee. As I always say, it makes the world go 'round.

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Starbucks and Fairtrade Meet With Rwanda Coffee Farmers

In Kigali, Rwanda, Starbucks came together with the Fair Trade Foundation and Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International. Their purpose was to meet with a farmer’s cooperative, Dukunde Kawa, to discuss Fair Trade initiatives going forward into 2015.

http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/topix/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090628005055&newsLang=en&ndmConfigId=1000639&vnsId=41

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Kyagalanyi Coffee Gets Modern Machinery

While we enjoy the latest in technological developments in the United States, many countries whose exports we enjoy are not so fortunate. We enjoy with ease our morning cup, but we have no idea how long and arduous the road to our cup really is.
Take for example Kyagalanyi Coffee. Facing natural issues like coffee wilt, a fungus that attacks coffee plants and the lack of modern equipment, their future was seriously threatened, but thanks to the US Agency for International Development and the Coffee Research Institute, help is on the way.

http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/220/686202

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Pensioners' Coffee Morning Banned for Health and Safety Reasons

When I first read this, I thought it was another study, but turns out they are worried about a group of retired citizens in the UK spilling coffee on children in the library, even though they have been coming there for years without any such incidents.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5674923/Pensioners-coffee-morning-banned-for-health-and-safety-reasons.html

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Retail Chains Leave India’s Historic Coffee Houses in Peril

Historic Indian coffee houses are finding it difficult to compete with the large chains offering all of the amenities like “their sophisticated marketing, piped music, flatscreen televisions, wireless Internet access and aura of international modernity.”

http://www.livemint.com/2009/06/28183643/Retail-chains-leave-India821.html?h=B

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7 Coffee Shops, 1 Downtown: Can All Thrive?

Oregon is asking the question, “7 coffee shops, 1 downtown: Can all thrive?” but with variety being the spice of life, I say it is possible.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090628/AE02/906280315/1002/NEWS01&nav_category=NEWS01

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State Highway Patrol Offers Free Coffee for Turnpike Drivers Who Use Seat Belts

The State Highway Patrol in Cleveland is offering free coffee and a thank you as an incentive for wearing seatbelts.

http://www.cleveland.com/crime/index.ssf/2009/06/state_highway_patrol_offers_fr.html

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Coffee Classes Offered at Johnson County Community College

Johnson County Community College, located in Overland Park, Kansas, is offering a coffee course. Sandy Hon, Director of Coffee Bars at Johnson, uses this course as a tutorial for industry standard cupping (sampling or tasting) protocols, and more importantly, quality of coffee.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-13170-Kansas-City-Coffeeshop-Examiner~y2009m6d29-Coffee-classes-offere-at-Johnson-County-Community-College

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