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Six megatrends that could alter the course of sustainable development

As the world works to achieve the sustainable development goals, a recent UN report identifies six issues that challenge ambitious targets<p>We are approaching two years into implementing the ambitious 2030 Agenda – a historic agreement to end poverty, combat inequalities, promote peaceful and …

Sustainable Development Goals

This Ridiculously Pricey $18 Cup of Coffee Has Everyone Buzzing

And no, it's not served in a cup made of gold.<p>You thought a Starbucks Venti Salted Caramel Mocha was expensive? Try a cup of joe from Extraction Lab, …

I Don’t Know How I Lived Without Coffee

I Don’t Know How I Lived Without Coffee<p>February 17, 2017 by K. Albert Little<p>Somewhere in those early days of university I made a definitive choice …

What Made Coffeehouse Culture Go Boom?

A not-exactly-empirical analysis of how the cafe became a trademark of almost every city neighborhood.<p>In a recent post about the gentrification of the urban sitcom, I discussed how the cafe became the ruling avatar of city life in the 1990s, especially after Central Perk coffeehouse was a major …

Café

NASA's Spectacular New Video Shows Previously Unseen Changes In CO2 In The Atmosphere

NASA has released an extraordinary video that shows how the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the earth’s atmosphere changes over a year’s time. The video is gorgeous, but it’s a lot more than eye candy because it gives climate scientists new insights into the role carbon dioxide plays in …

How climate change could affect food prices

According to a 2015 report from the World Food Programme (WFP), climate change presents risks to the whole food system, from production, through …

American Youth Make Fossil Fuel Industry Confront Climate Science in Federal Court

At a time when humanity must reverse course before plunging over a climate cliff, the American public has elected a president who seems to have both …

Climate

Inside the makeshift goldmines of Uganda: where poverty, child labour and exploitation reign

Buried in the earth in a rich seam carving its way from Lake Victoria in Uganda, lies the world's most prized metal, gold. But the fight to extract it is perilous and often deadly. <i>Guy Kelly</i> reports on conditions for the desperate workers who dig for it, and the people seeking a glimmer of hope<p>In …

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Winners: Best Photos 2016

Selected from thousands of entries, an underwater photo of sardine migration on the Wild Coast of South Africa has been selected as the grand-prize …

Has Europe Been Right All Along to Renounce GE Crops?

By Reynard Loki<p><i>Editor's note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their</i> …

Agriculture

Six places where renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels

From the US to Dubai, and some places in between.<p><i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>In the race to reduce the world's reliance on fossil fuels, cost is a huge factor. It's taken years, but advances in technology and increases in both efficiency and output have helped bring down the expense of renewable energy, which …

Renewable Energy

There Is A Major Climate Issue Hiding In Your Closet: Fast Fashion

By Maxine Bédat and Michael Shank5 minute Read<p>This month as world leaders meet in Morocco to discuss implementation of the Paris climate agreement, …

Britain Says It Will Ditch Coal Power By 2025

Coal is the dirtiest of power sources, carbon-wise, producing double the CO2 for a unit of electricity than natural gas. “Last year coal accounted …

Extraction Wars – Espresso vs Ristretto

Espressos, lattes, flat whites, Americanos, long blacks… Just when you think you know and understand the differences between all these drinks, you …

The Effect of Roast Profile on Body

One of my friends always likes to talk about the body or mouthfeel of a coffee. In his mind, it is something that customers can easily identify, and …

Don’t scoff at hipster coffee shops. They’ve been around for 300 years | Adam J Smith

Little has changed since the 18th century – coffee shops preyed on the pretentious then, too. Yet they still offer a space where people can meet and talk<p>In any trendy coffee shop on the urban high street, you’re likely to see intimate groups of well-dressed (or fashionably scruffy) sophisticates. …

Evolution of Thai Coffee Culture: Traditional vs Specialty

I had my first sip of coffee back in 1990 when Thailand was dominated by <i>Kafae Boran</i>: a rich, sweet, and cheap drink. Twenty-five years later, the …

Forecast of a 2015 “Godzilla El Niño” Threatens the Global Coffee Community

A National Weather Service map showing abnormally high water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, a natural predictor of El Niño.<p>The U.S. National …

Climate Change

Watch profile of Alan Adler, inventor of the Aeropress coffee maker

I use my beloved Aeropress coffee maker every day when I'm at home. Cory actually travels with his! Filmmaker and photographer David Friedman …

Is Shade-Grown Coffee Better?

As a savvy coffee consumer, you know by now that a deep stack of feel-good adjectives like 'shade-grown', listed at the top of your coffee bag, may sometimes be deceiving. A coffee that's fair trade, organic, hand-picked, and roasted by people who've never been late to return a library book is …

Everything You Need to Know About Single Origin Coffees

Have you ever walked into a café, looked at the brew on offer, and wondered why in the <i>world</i> it’s being touted as “single origin”? I mean, what does …

Bad Coffee: Why Do Good People Love It?

When I was 18 and had just started working at the newest Third Wave cafe in Edmonton, a woman came in and asked for a large black coffee. Innocently, …

Blending Third Wave Coffee with Second Wave Expectations

“Can’t you see I’m in a rush?” The customer snarls at me.<p>My smile dissolves; my fingers come to a halt over my Acaia scales.<p>Then the insults get …

Coffee

The Case for Bad Coffee

More<p>Breakfast<p>Everything you need to make the most important meal of the day delicious.<p>Standing at my kitchen counter, I measure out two teaspoons of Maxwell House instant coffee into my favorite mug, pour in 12 ounces of hot water from a tea kettle, and stir for a moment. I look toward the …

Coffee Chronicles: Coffee's History In America, A Short Primer

"Advertisements from the 1950s popularized the idea of the 'coffee break.'"<p>Before Stumptown, Gorilla, Grumpy, and even Dallis, there was a coffee roaster who set up shop in Manhattan, and 160 years later, still proclaims the good news about specialty coffee. Gillie's Coffee, who moved to Brooklyn …

Australian Coffee Culture Is Inspiring a New Wave of American Cafes

In Australia, coffee isn’t fuel for work—it’s a way of life.<p>Nick Stone, founder of New York’s Bluestone Lane—one of the city’s most successful Australian cafe chainlets—moved to the U.S. in 2010 and expected to feel culture shock from his native Melbourne. But what he wasn’t prepared for was the …

2016 Coffee Shop Trends

Each year about this time, we forecast coffee shop trends for the coming year so our customers can position themselves for success. Whether you run a …

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