Ethiopian government launched a project to get legal ownership of its fine coffee names—Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, and Harar.

By owning the names, Ethiopia will be able to occupy a stronger negotiating position with foreign buyers, capture a larger share of the market value associated with those names, and protect the reputations of its brand names.

Ethiopia has asked Starbucks to sign an agreement that would acknowledge Ethiopia’s ownership of its coffee names. By agreeing to give Ethiopia rightful ownership, Starbucks could act as an industry leader, setting an example to other companies to stand by the farmers who cultivate their beans, and helping them to get a greater share of their coffee’s value. If Starbucks and other companies signed such agreements, estimates suggest that Ethiopia’s coffee industry, including small farmers, could generate an additional $88 million per year.

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Greens To Go

Yes, rumour has it that my favorite cafe in Leederville has been sold off.
They say when another business buys a buisiness like itself (as in a cafe buys a cafe), it means that the one they bought was so much a threat to its own business the only way to beat the competition was to buy the competition.
So the cafe who bought out Greens, although some would say they are better, the West Australian might suggest Perth coffee drinkers prefer the coffee in this other cafe…the very fact that they had to buy the competition rather than beat it shows to me that in the end Greens won the best cafe in Perth award. (in my books)

130’s…what will you call Greens now…123’s?

Goodbye Greens.

Coffee Grinders

I’m looking for things to add to my list of Christmas presents for Santa Claus to get me. (He/She normally only gets me one thing off the list mind you!!)
One of things I want to add to my list is a coffee grinder.
Choice Mag did a great survey of the many grinders available to the general public in November last year.

In brief this is what they said –

  • Half of the coffee grinders on test, including the two cheapest, couldn’t produce coffee ground finely enough to make espresso using two different types of espresso makers.
  • Two models produced a very fine grind and are very easy to use … and they’re not the most expensive either.
  • While some grinders are very easy to use, others make so much mess that they’ll probably end up at the back of the cupboard rather than in regular use.

So what grinders do they recommend?

I don’t know – you HAVE TO BUY THE REPORT!!!

It’s only $12 but I thought someone out there may have access to this site, or have bought the magazine and might tell me the results…please?

You know you have had too much coffee when…

* You can type sixty words a minute with your feet.

* Instant coffee takes too long.

* You chew on other people’s fingernails.

* You answer the door, before people knock.

* You sleep with your eyes open.

* You go to sleep, just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.

* You don’t even wait for the water to boil anymore.

* You’re the employee of the month at Starbucks – and you don’t even work there.

* You help your dog chase its tail.

* You lick your coffeepot clean.

* You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.

* You’re so wired you pick up FM radio.

* You have a picture of your coffee mug, on your coffee mug.

Coffee Anyone?

If you are a coffee drinker you must pop into Phil Bakers blog to put in your top 5…or 10 coffee pots in Perth…here is my comment of his blog –

I am with D-Cup – Love the work Charles does at Just Espresso, he’s a good man, mixes in some fair trade too. (20 Preston St Como)
But have to say number one is Voyage down on Sorrento beach nextto the as yet untried and recently opened White Salt cafe (wont try it as I am faithful to Micky, Lloyd and the crew at Voyage! Just watch the temp guys…a bit on the cool side sometimes, maybe that cool sea breaze!! They use Fair Trade/organic (tobys Estate)
As with Hamo, Greens is the bomb for coffee.
Brew ha is Post Office mall Subiaco is a killa, I like their coffee and sometime a tea, the best Long Mac in Perth here at brew ha.
Then of course Cafe Cafe comes next
130’s Gives a strong Long Mac, but I too have copped a cold shoulder there.
As with many of the above a good Five Senses goes down nice (Thanks Dean, you do well!) And I think the best place to drink it is Sunsets in Rockingham.
But next door at Betty Blues has just peaked them as being better service!
A tip, an old friend runs “Roasted” down on the strip in Freo, not been yet, but all fair trade, organic – she says it’s the best in Perth…

I buy Tobys Estate for home.