Re: Starbucks in Costa Rico
- From: Flasherly <gjerrell@xxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 12:57:04 -0700 (PDT)
On Mar 30, 1:53 pm, Marshall <mrf...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Sun, 30 Mar 2008 08:57:05 -0700, Bubbamike...@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
Starbucks forcing farmers to grow coffee their way. Freedom down the
tubes. Bad for everyone.
Or maybe not.
Not. This is just Starbucks' version of "relationship coffee." Many of
the most respected artisan roasters are doing similar things on a
smaller scale, working directly with farmers to encourage better
growing and processing methods. The resulting coffees earn higher
prices for the farmers and allow them to at least partly escape the
commodity side of the coffee trade. It is one of the most applauded
developments in specialty coffee.
I don't see anything to applaud when I look through every "certified"
label that's listed for twice more than what I inevitably order - a
fair share of hard-bean Tarrazú under a bridge over coffee I've drank,
sans the distinction of CoopeTarrazú. Costa Rica being one of my
favorite SO beans, decent flavors and common regard aside, as much
than not for a reference, being a Tarrazú roast is what I've come to
regard as closest to impossible to unfavorably complicate or stall.
To pay twice more, however, I'd expect twice the flavor, if not an
conspicuous element to justify the price (something perhaps more
tangible than hugging a tree, if it's all the same). As for pricing,
offhand, it's what I recall from CoffeeBeanDirect, apart from whom and
within commodity selections I've been buying at even less - e.g.,
25lb. Panama @ $69.95US. At 15% affluence Starbuck's grants, though,
the trend is undeniably there - more than ample for an 85% remainder
and individualistic bent growers, otherwise, might signify.
Or permissibly not - if an affiliate Starbucks and associative
certifications is any more indicative of appearances a minor faction
has yet to play.
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