Monthly Archives: April 2014

Celebrities Who Absolutely Love Their Coffee

Who among the famous celebrities cannot do without their coffee? Like most people, these famous people are not immune to the alluring taste of this beverage. Let us try to look into the coffee drinking habits of the stars we adulate.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo DiCaprio loves his coffee so much that he actually has coffee affiliation with La Colombe Coffee as part of his humanitarian efforts. The high-end line of green coffee beans goes by the label Lyon. The beans are farmed in Haiti, Peru, Ethiopia, and Brazil.

The coffee was especially made by Todd Carmichael to fit the taste profile of DiCaprio. DiCaprio himself wondered at how the coffee captured his personality. It is an even greater wonder when we think of how this velvety coffee blend is able to help many person in need.

Britney Spears

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Britney Spears is a certified Starbucks devotee. Is is quite rare to see her on candid shots without holding her favorite beverage. Even Simon Cowell joked about her “demand” for coffee when she was a judge in X Factor USA.

Drinking coffee is one of her indulgences aside from retail therapy. Her favorite is iced coffee and nothing can stop her from getting that drink. As photographers take her picture from anywhere, chances are she is holding a cup of coffee in her hand.

Robert De Niro

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While not drinking coffee on screen or in private, Robert de Niro does his coffee drinking to the tune of 5,667 pounds. This expensive coffee drinking session was actually an auctioned coffee date won by a fan. Was the coffee and talk worth such amount? It probably was for the excited fan.

The beneficiary of the funds was the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. This just demonstrates how celebrities can use their popularity for a good cause. What easier way to help than doing it with a delicious cup of coffee?

Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger Picks Up Starbucks in Santa Monica

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Well here’s someone who can definitely carry her own load of coffee with ease. Renee Zellweger does this pretty much often for her friends. She can certainly handle this task well and she doesn’t seem to mind doing it.

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8 of the world’s great coffee cities

Scandinavians drink more coffee per head than anyone else.
(CNN) — Fifteenth-century Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee and a Frenchman was behind the 1843 debut of the world’s first commercial espresso machine. There have been a few leaps forward since then.

“People are more and more interested in where the beans come from, and how they’re harvested and roasted,” says New Zealand barista champion Nick Clark of Wellington’s Flight Coffee.

“There are so many variables involved in producing a great cup of coffee these days, and the industry has had to evolve to meet growing consumer expectations.”
The world’s best coffee cities are those where the coffee isn’t just good — it’s great.

Aussies and Kiwis opened the city’s first espresso-focused coffee shops (such as Flat White and Kaffeine) a decade ago and they’ve been popping up across the city ever since.
“London still has a long way to go with café service, but in the past five years there’s been so much growth, which is a great thing to be part of,” says Estelle Bright, head barista at London’s Caravan.

Local order: Flat white or cappuccino.

“London is still in the grip of the flat white craze, but cappuccinos are similarly popular,” says Bright.

Top shops: East London boasts the highest concentration of quality coffee shops and cafes. Allpress,

“The coffee culture in Melbourne is just incredible,” says reigning World Barista Champion Pete Licata, from the United States.
Coffee is such an integral part of the Melbourne lifestyle that the city even hosts an annual coffee expo.

Local order: Piccolo latte.
While lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites remain popular, piccolo lattes (made with less milk so the espresso tastes stronger) are the drink du jour.

Top shops: “It’s nearly impossible to find a bad cup of coffee in Melbourne,” says Licata.
For real coffee purists, there’s Axil Coffeehouse Roasters in Hawthorn (322 Burwood Road), Auction

Scandinavians drink more coffee per head than anyone else.

Reykjavik, Iceland
After the Dutch, Scandinavians have the highest coffee consumption per capita in the world.
While Finns drink the most among Scandinavians, Icelanders are also coffee crazy.
“Not too long ago, cafés in Reykjavík were more about the food,” says Kristin Thora, a barista at Icelandic institution Kaffitar and reigning National Cupping Champion.
“You’d have coffee and cake and didn’t mind how the coffee was as long as the cake was good.
“Then, about 25 years ago, people started to care about how their coffee was served.”
With Iceland’s lack of commercial coffee behemoths, smaller businesses have had a chance to flourish.
Now you can hardly walk a city block without passing a coffee shop.

Local order: Latte or cappuccino.

“Drip coffee is popular in the home, but Icelanders tend go to coffeehouses for espresso-based drinks,” says Thora.

Top shops: With seven coffee shops and a roaster to its name, Kaffitar is the closest thing Iceland has to a coffee chain. Stofan and Kaffismidja are hipster faves.

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tim wendelboe coffee prices 2013

Our friends and partners at Tim Wendelboe have just released their annual price transparency report for 2013. These sorts of reports are becoming increasingly popular–Counter Culture Coffee have been releasing theirs for four years, and this is the third year of TW reporting the prices they pay for green coffee. Tim Wendelboe has also done quite a bit of writing on their blog about coffee trade questions, and how coffee is still “too cheap.

If you want to learn more about the nuts and bolts of how coffee is purchased, these kinds of reports can be a valuable point of entry. For what it’s worth, the release of reports like this one (and the annual Counter Culture report) have greatly this publication’s understanding of the global coffee chain. Let’s go through it together.

The FOB prices Tim Wendelboe paid for coffee in 2013.

Tim Wendelboe is known for sharing lots of beautiful photos and interesting information from their work at origin, and they recently released a book on their work with Finca Tamana in Colombia.

Their 2012 transparency report said that it had been “a challenging year for a lot of our farmers, fighting abnormal rain patterns, leaf rust, thefts of coffee etc.,” but that they were they were implementing new processing techniques and some of their “long term projects with our farmers are finally giving results.” They hoped that these developments would make 2013 a better year for quality coffee.

The FOB prices Tim Wendelboe paid for coffee in 2012.

As you can see, in 2013 TW modestly increased the average price they paid for coffee, and also greatly increased the number of different lots of coffee they purchased. The price they paid Finca Tamana jumped from $3.76/lb to $4.50/lb, showing they potential payoff for focused work on improving quality. The transparency report also includes the graph below from the Finca Tamana book that breaks down where that money is actually going to.

tim wendelboe tamana breakdown

All of these prices are FOB or “Free On Board” prices–the most common way of expressing green coffee prices (the C market commodity price is FOB). This expression of green coffee prices does not include what the coffee buyers pay in shipping, transportation, storage or taxes. This can make it hard to do direct comparisons of production costs and markups, but it is a great start for understanding the complex dynamics of international coffee trade.

Interrogate the whole set of data yourself right here via the Tim Wendelboe 2013 transparency report.

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Our 3 London Coffee Festival Blends

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This weekend we will be previewing three fantastic blends at the London Coffee Festival. These coffee blends will be exclusively launched at the festival.

We will be travelling down to the Big Smoke with the Jorvik, The Ninth and Fawkes blends – a real slice of York in the hustle and bustle of London.

The Jorvik is a lightly roasted coffee blend. Fruity acidity dominates and we recommend as an Espresso, Americano or Flat White.

Medium roasted, The Ninth is ideal as an Espresso, Latte or Flat White. This coffee has a bright sweetness, dark chocolate richness and a tangerine/honey finish.

If you are looking for floral, berry fruitiness then look no further than the intense hit of the Fawkes blend. This might not be a favourite at Parliament but we think it makes a great Espresso or Americano!

Drop by this weekend, say hello and try our coffee!

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