2008 Coffee Of The Year Winner -
C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A received the greatest honor as it reached
the highest level of coffee supremacy, taking the Gold Award for
having the world’s best specialty coffee. C.I. Racafe &
CIA S.C.A. beat out more than 120 other coffee producers taking
top honor in the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s
(SCAA) 2008 Roasters Guild Coffee of the Year Competition. The event
took place at the SCAA annual conference in Minneapolis, MN, earlier
During the competition, expert SCAA cuppers evaluated and ranked
the world's finest specialty coffees. More than 30 experienced judges
selected the winning coffee by cupping, or thoroughly evaluating
the scent and taste of each coffee sample. The judges specifically
assessed six distinct attributes of the coffee samples, including:
fragrance, aroma, taste, flavor, aftertaste and body.
is a systematic method of evaluating the aroma and taste of coffee
and is used by growers, buyers and roasters to evaluate the quality
and flavor profile of coffee. To properly gauge the taste of the
hot beverage, the judges slurped and swirled a soupspoon-sized portion
evenly over their palate, then spit out the sample without swallowing.
By saturating as many sensory nerves as possible, cupping participants
are better able to evaluate a coffee sample.
Coffee of the Year Results ( Top 10):
1. C.I. Racafe & CIA S.C.A., Colombia
2. Hacienda La Esmeralda, Panama
3. Volcafe Specialty Coffee, Ethiopia
4. Sidama Coffee Farmers, Co-Op Union, Ethiopia
5. San Rafael Pacun/ Cafetalera El Tunel S.A., Guatemala
6. Agropecuaria Salfar S.A./ San Sebastian, Guatemala
7. Agoga Plantation Limited, Papua New Guinea
8. Finca La Ilusion-Cafe de El Salvador, El Salvador
9. Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia, Colombia
10. San Jose Ocana, Guatemala
more information about the winning coffee, visit www.racafe.com
Teas Pay Tribute to Breast -
Cancer Awareness Month
Republic of Tea: Sip for the Cure Collection
In response to today's disturbing statistics, The Republic of Tea
has answered the call to action by partnering with Susan G. Komen
for the Cure to create Sip for the Cure, a Special Collection of
'Pink' Green Teas. Dedicating itself to the force for positive change,
The Republic of Tea's donation will go directly to the organization
to aid in its effort to save lives and end breast cancer forever
by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing
science to find the cures.
of Tea Sip for the Cure Collection includes Red Cherry White Tea,
Pink Grapefruit Green Tea, Pink Lemonade Green Tea, Pink Lady Apple
Green Tea, and Pomegranate Vanilla Red Tea. For every tin of Sip
for the Cure, the Republic of Tea will contribute $1 to Komen for
the Cure. Package sizes vary from the 50-bag tin to a lovely 6-bag
travel tin. Visit www.RepublicOfTea.com
for pricing and information.
Seasonings: Teas For A Cause
Celestial Seasonings introduces two new antioxidant-rich green tea
blends to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Cranberry
Pomegranate Green Tea and Tropical Grapefruit Green Tea. “The
healthy ingredients and nurturing goodness of Celestial Seasonings
teas make us a natural partner for the National Breast Cancer Foundation,”
said David Ziegert, Acting General Manager for Celestial Seasonings.
Seasonings dedicates this new selection of delicious, antioxidant–rich
green teas to women everywhere who exhibit strength, dedication
and courage in their fight against breast cancer, and to everyone
who is making a difference working toward the goals of helping women
presently diagnosed with breast cancer and finding a cure as soon
as possible. Available at grocery and natural foods stores nationwide
for $2.99 for a 20-count box. www.celestialseasonings.com
Hope Is Brewing -
Coffee With A Cause
Many people associate this color with happy occasions like the birth
of a baby girl, sprinkles on a birthday cake, or a beautiful sunset
sky. For others, the color pink symbolizes something different—strength,
friendship, and hope. Hope for a cure for breast cancer.
Zollman knows about the power of pink first hand. When diagnosed
with breast cancer in 2002, she received many pink gifts and cards
from friends and family to let her know that she was in their thoughts.
“I'm not a pink person” she admits, but has since come
to realize just how powerful the color can be and what it symbolizes
to those in the fight of their life. Today, Kathi is a survivor
on a mission. She is committed to give hope to those who feel defeated
and to do her part to help find a cure.
Master and breast cancer survivor Kathi Zollman worked with Paramount
Coffee to create Caffe Rosa, which premieres this month. "Being
a survivor takes a certain level of responsibility,” said
Zollman. “"I developed Caffe Rosa understanding this
responsibility and with a simple mission,” she added, “"to
help breast cancer survivors find strength in themselves as they
continue to heal spiritually, emotionally, and physically."
Rosa is a full-bodied certified organic coffee created to provide
funding for breast cancer survivorship programs like yoga, massage
therapy, exercise classes, and lifestyle seminars. “As a Roast
Master, I created Caffe Rosa specifically for these important initiatives.
As a survivor, I gave it a name that would embody the strength and
inspiration I find in each pink rose,” said Zollman.
each bag of Caffe Rosa coffee that is sold, Paramount Coffee will
donate $1 to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure—the world's largest
and most progressive grassroots network of breast cancer survivors
its rich aroma and bold flavor, this “pink coffee” will
connect you to this important cause and the amazing individuals
on their journey toward survival.
A 1 lb. bag is $9.99 at www.cafferosacoffee.com.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company -
two hippies running from the urban fast lanes of the East Coast
met in the early 1970s they came to the conclusion that “making
roasting coffee was a better way to support ourselves than stringing
beads, making leather items or candles.” And so begins the
story of the Thanksgiving Coffee Company.
and I were not looking to save the world when we founded the company.
We just wanted to supply California’s north coast with the
best coffee possible,” said owner Paul Katzeff. “At
the time that meant bringing a spirit of craftsmanship to a stale-coffee-in-a-can
in New York’s bohemian Greenwich Village in the 1960s, Paul
Katzeff spent a good deal of time hanging out in coffeehouses.
It was during this time that he was able to sample delicious and
unique coffees that hailed from different regions of the world,
not from a can on the supermarket shelf. This cultivated appreciation
for superior coffee flavor led him to seek out local merchants
who would offer flavorful coffee from various origins, yet found
just a few. He affectionately refers to the coffee bean stores
in Manhattan as “ethnic roasters” because they independently
promoted their wares as better than the canned coffees of the
day. “These pioneers were into flavor. They helped define
the concept of Artisan Roaster and set the stage for my work to
come as a coffee roaster” said Katzeff.
was back in 1972 that Joan and Paul set up a twenty-five pound
roaster at the Mendocino Hotel and began their journey. A journey
that they never expected nor dreamed would take them to where
they are today. The Thanksgiving Coffee Company became a public
company in 1996. It now roasts over 600,000 lbs of coffee a year
and employs 30 well-cared-for local residents, half of whom have
worked at the Thanksgiving Coffee Company for more than 15 years.
Thanksgiving Coffee is committed to leaving a light ecological
footprint. “We continuously strive to find ways to lessen
our impact on the environment, from farm to cup, said Mr. Katzeff.
“We buy many organic and shade grown coffees, and also work
directly with farmers to help increase access to knowledge and
resources that will allow them to transition into more sustainable
farming practices.” For the past 10 years, they have looked
inward at their operations and worked to reduce waste through
recycling, on-site worm composting, running delivery trucks on
a percentage of biodiesel, and using recycled paper for printed
materials. Each week they are visited by local farmers who use
the company’s coffee chaff and burlap and in 2002 became
the first carbon-neutral coffee company. Their commitment continues
today, when earlier this year they donated a plot of land, adjacent
to their company and their heirloom apple orchard, to a local
community garden. To address the larger impact of shipping coffee
around the world and all the energy that goes into brewing and
serving their coffee, the Thanksgiving Coffee Company planted
over 70,000 trees in Ethiopia to offset carbon emissions.
Thanksgiving Coffee Company offers a variety of coffees that are
certified organic, fair trade and shade grown. Visitors to their
online store (www.thanksgivingcoffee.com)
will find more than 50 coffees from which to choose, including
coffee from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Hawaii,
Panama, Ethiopia, Uganda, Laos, and others.
vary, most falling in the $10-$12 range for a 12 oz. bag.
final thought from The Thanksgiving Coffee Company owner, Paul
Katzeff, “when thinking about a family-run business and
how to define one, what comes to mind as a guiding light for all
decisions is a line from Carlos Castaneda’s cult classic
book written in the early 70’s, 'take the path that has
a heart.' This is what we have done to the best of our awareness.
Our hope is that the values imagined in that thought will permeate
all the work we do, including the creation of coffee products
that imply the kind of excellence that any family would be proud
of.” To learn more about, or make a purchase from the Thanksgiving
Coffee Company visit www.ThankgivingCoffee.com.
for a lovely gift to bring the holiday hostess or something you
can serve after with your famous pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?
Here are a few recommendations that are sure to satisfy.
An Indian green tea with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove,
safflower, cardamom and almond. In addition to the great taste,
this tea offers the following functions: slimming, enlightening,
anti-aging, and balancing. 1⁄2 lb. $20.50 at www.Tavalon.com
Teas: Spiced Apple Cider Tea
Perfect after a day of pumpkin picking or to serve after your
Thanksgiving dinner…The blend of fall apple, cider spice
and sweet orange will truly satisfy. China black tea, cinnamon,
apple, clove, allspice, orange peel and natural flavors. This
blend contains caffeine. 1⁄4 lb $12.95. www.sbsteas.com
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
The delights of Gevalia Pumpkin Spice coffee begin with its aroma,
a captivating hint of unique spices and warm, creamy flavor notes.
With your first sip, you’ll savor a pumpkin spice taste
that’s naturally bursting with cinnamon and ginger flavor.
The finest mountain-grown Arabica beans complement the rich, distinctive
flavor, creating a rich, smooth and perfectly balanced treat.
8 oz. Reg. $7.45, Decaf. $8.25. www.gevalia.com
Tea: Duchess’ First Love
Perfect for a crisp Autumn day, this creamy Earl Grey blended
with herbal rooibos has sweet notes of caramel and would be the
perfect compliment to holiday menus. 4 oz. tin, $14 at www.TayTea.com
City Harvest Green
Here’s a tea that will make you feel good on the inside
and out, City Harvest Green from SerendipiTea is a fusion of fruit
& flower, apple with jasmine scenting, it brings a sweet floral
bouquet to the grassy freshness of the Chinese green with Indian
green tea. 20% of proceeds are donated to City Harvest. A 4 oz.
box is $14 at www.SerendipiTea.com
From South Africa With Love
means “home” in Xhosa, the Bantu language of southeast
South Africa. It is in this region, deep in the winelands of South
Africa, that the Khaya Cookie Company makes their home. The Khaya
Cookie Company produces a variety of delicious cookies and delivers
some much-needed “TLC” to a region where poverty is
stands for Training—job skills training for the men and
women in this impoverished region.
L stands for Locally
sourced ingredients—including rooibos extract, grapeseed
powder, organic apricots, and butter.
C stands for Commitment—their
commitment to operate a sustainable company that creates societal
wealth by reducing what it calls “tin-cup dependency”.
The Khaya Cookie Company promises to use only the freshest, finest,
all natural ingredients and no preservatives. Each cookie is carefully
crafted by hand. They hire previously unemployed women from the
townships of Khayelitsha, South Africa and through education and
training, turn them into highly skilled bakers. “All Khaya
employees also are provided with a Skills Training Program where
they are cross trained in each aspect of our business; from baking
to packaging to customer service,” says Alicia Polak, founder
of Khaya Cookie Company. The company also strives to improve the
life of their bakers. The bakers of the Khaya Cookie Company come
from the townships surrounding Cape Town, primarily from the township
of Khayelitsha, South Africa where people live in poverty, children
suffer from malnutrition, and unemployment is high. The Khaya
Cookie Company is committed to help their local residents and
employees rise above the hardship and heartache.
cookies are made the time-honored way—from scratch and in
small batches. They come in three delicious varieties. Two are
shortbread cookies, orange rooibos and cranberry rooibos, the
other is a Krunchi, a granola-type snack treat.
rooibos shortbreads: The allure of aromatic citrus peel
transforms this dense, buttery shortbread, taking it out of the
ordinary and into the realm of extraordinary.
Cranberry rooibos shortbreads: Their artisan
bakers have added bits of naturally tart, intensely flavorful
cranberries and all the benefits of rooibos extract to this classically
buttery rich shortbread.
Fruit Krunchi: Perfect for a 3pm snack attack, the Krunchis
satisfy a craving for something sweet. You’ll savor the
morsels of moist dates and organic apricots mixed with the satisfyingly
chewy grains. The dates add 14 essential vitamins and minerals
give you 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving.
for great new cookies from Khaya later this Fall
• Green Rooibos Tea Shortbread
• Grapeseed Shortbread
• Chocolate & Orange Krunchi
• Chocolate Orange and Cinnamon Krunchi
is not often that one comes across a company that so gently and
so deliberately inspires others while at the same time delivers
a superior product. The cookies themselves are petit in size and
big on taste. They are delicious, satisfying, and good for you
too. All received high marks in the Coffee And Tea Newsletter
“test kitchen”. The shortbreads and krunchis would
be a great afternoon snack or just perfect with a cup of tea after
a crazy day. It is no wonder that Alicia Polak, owner of the Khaya
Cookie Company, was the winner of the Food Network Edible Entrepreneur
of the Year Award 2007. For more information about the Khaya Cookie
Company or to place and order, visit www.KhayaCookies.com
Spotlight: Keith Lauer
Madhouse Design Company
amazing 5-arm coffee cup chandelier (16"H x 27"W) is
handmade from reclaimed colorful melamine coffee cups and saucers.
Twenty teaspoons hang in harmony to accent this colorful work
of art. The chandelier comes with a 3-foot chrome chain and ceiling
canopy. This chandelier would look amazing in an Alice in Wonderland
themed child’s bedroom, in any kitchen, or would definitely
add interest and whimsy in a coffee lounge or teashop.
Lauer started the Madhouse Design Co. back in 1994 when a friend
of his asked him to fabricate a chandelier design for her cafe.
From there he started doing design work for eclectic California
cafes and restaurants. When he could not find ready-made products
that were unique or funky enough for the clientele he started
creating his own designs. Some of the products became so popular
that the cafes and restaurants started selling his creations to
people who inquired about them. He took some of the most popular
items and made them available to retailers and individuals who
loved his quirky designs.
designs been featured in many publications, including Gourmet
magazine, Better Home & Garden, the San
Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News, and on HGTV.
more information about this item or to see other upcycled creations
by Keith Lauer, visit http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6154655
A Pictorial Celebration
coffee calendar is a yearlong wall calendar celebrating the history,
culture and politics of coffee. The calendar pages feature dates
highlighting coffee's long history of trade, rebellion, fashion,
scandal, innovation, land use, flavor, and economy designed and
illustrated by Ricardo Levins Morales. The calendar is 12”
x 9” and retails for $12.95. Visit www.thecoffeecalendar.com
for more information.
the Artist: Mr. Morales was born and raised in the coffee
growing region of western Puerto Rico, in the mountain township
of Maricao. His home was on the remains of on old Spanish coffee
plantation and the rhythm community life was set by the coffee
growing cycle. He moved to Chicago with his family when entering
his teen years. He held a variety of jobs in manufacturing, service
and agriculture, eventually ending up in the screen-printing industry.
All the time he developed his artistic skills in connection with
community groups and social causes. He has maintained his connections
with his community of origin in Maricao. He was a founding member
of the Northland Poster Collective, a major center for socially
committed art based in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he lives with
his family. His art can by viewed at www.ricardolevinsmorales.com.
Save The Date for 2009! -
4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: April 18-19,
your calendars and join us next year,
April 18-19, 2009 for the 4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival:
For exhibitor information & booth reservations, contact email@example.com
Exhibitor Info Now Available
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The 2008 Holiday Gift Guide.