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Top 10 Coffee Producing Countries in 2007

A while back I posted about the top 10 coffee producing countries between 2004-2006. Here's data from 2007.  According to the International Coffee Organization, Brazil still leads the world in coffee production with an average of more than 33 million bags of coffee produced each year, down from about 42.5 million in 2006. It's interesting to note that the same 10 countries made the top 10 in 2007 as in my previous post. The only change ...

Video of the La Minita coffee plantation… as experienced by Bob at Redeyeroasters.com

Bob from Redeye Roasters recently spent some time on the Hacienda La Minita coffee plantation in Costa Rica. He took a bunch of video footage and compressed it in to a 10 minute video that's included below (and blogged about here). The video is very well done and shows the complete life cycle of the coffee bean on the plantation (from cultivation, to separating, washing, ...

Entrepreneur Brings Sicilian Espresso to Town

I found this article in the Jamaica Plain Gazette, a small Boston newspaper.  When Francesco Calderaro came to the United States from Palermo, Sicily eight years ago to pursue a master’s degree, he was amazed at some of the things that passed for “authentic” Italian food, he said in an interview last week. The JP resident said he was particularly shocked at most of the coffee that was being passed off as genuine Italian espresso. “Since I moved here, I’ve been ...

Top 10 Coffee Producing Countries

According to the International Coffee Organization, Brazil leads the world in coffee production with an average of more than 38 million bags of coffee produced each year. The following table shows the average number of bags of coffee produced from 2004-2006 per country. Country Average Coffee Production (in bags) Brazil 38,243,298 Vietnam 14,423,067 Colombia 12,187,029 Indonesia 7,655,001 Ethiopia 4,482,479 India 4,679,772...

Review of the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker

Growing up as a kid, when my Italian grandparents had guests over they always made coffee in one of these Bialetti stove top espresso pots. More recently, on a trip to Italy every house we went to had one of these espresso makers; usually more than one (of different sizes). It seems if you're Italian you have at least one of these in your home for daily use. So, ...

David Letterman Drinks Civet Coffee on Air

Letterman had Gene Rurka on as a guest. Gene is the 'Exotic Foods Chairman' of the Explorers Club. Well, he and Letterman did a little exploring on air... with Civet Coffee among other things. This episode of the Late Show with David Letterman aired on March 14th 2007. "...Dave and Gene share a huge hard-boiled ostrich egg. It looks big enough to feed a family. Dave samples a slice of the ...

OnPoint Radio Cups Coffee with George Howell

This past Friday Tom Ashbrook of Onpoint radio had George Howell on set. George Howell, former owner of The Coffee Connection which he sold to Starbucks several years ago.  George is now the owner of Terroir Coffee Company, a coffee company focusing on specialty single origin coffees. Single origin meaning the beans in the coffee you are drinking came from the same country, and likely the same plantation. It's ...

Tag… now I’m it

I was tagged by a friend over at Google Tutor so I figured I'd play along as well. What better way to build a community than highlight some of the sites you frequent most. 5 reasons why I blog? To share information and things I've recently learned on particular interests of mine. Heck, everyone else is doing it... I don't want to be left out. :-) To stay up-to-date with the latest in community software. To be a part of the web. I ...

Inventive Coffee Roaster Changing the Way Americans Drink Coffee

This sounds very interesting. A great way to make homemade coffee ice cream. Or perhaps an easier way to bring coffee on a camping trip. http://www.x-cafe.com "X Cafe LLC, a Portland Maine based coffee roasting company founded in 1999 has never sold one coffee bean! X Cafe is recognized nationally as the originator of shelf-stable coffee extracts. Paul Kalenian, President, notes, "Our liquid coffee extracts have made Coffee on Demand possible and that is revolutionizing the coffee industry, providing a continuous ...

Coffee’s Historical Timeline

I found the following timeline in an old issue of the UTNE Reader. Prior to 1000 A.D.: Members of the Galla tribe in Ethiopia notice that they get an energy boost when they eat a certain berry, ground up and mixed with animal fat. 1000 A.D.: Arab traders bring coffee back to their homeland and cultivate the plant for the first time on plantations. They also began to boil the beans, creating a drink they call "qahwa" (literally, that which prevents sleep). 1453: ...