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Coffee Connoisseur's Secrets

Coffee is far more than simply the brew that wakes people up in the morning. Coffee shops dot the city streets around the world with specialty coffee drinks drawing lines of customers. We will share the nuances of coffee from how to select the roast that suits your palate, to secret recipes of your favorite specialty drinks. We even have some marvelous recipes using coffee as a flavoring or spice to add a very special touch. If you love coffee, you will love these secrets. affiliate

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The Coffee Connoisseur's Secrets

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Coffee Prices Spiral As Output Chopped

published: Friday | October 7, 2005

Andrew Green, Acting Financial Editor

Coffee production at the Mavis Bank coffee plant. - IAN ALLEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

JAMAICA'S RARE Blue Mountain coffee is becoming rarer and more expensive in foreign markets and Jamaican consumers may soon start feeling the effects.

The repeated devastation of Jamaica's coffee crop over two years has cut supplies in half. The result has been a scramble for the scarce beans in foreign markets.

"After Hurricane Ivan hit, there was a 50 per cent falloff in production," said chief executive officer of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory and Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) president, senator Norman Grant.

The country produced five million pounds of Blue Mountain coffee before the hurricane, he said. Afterwards, the output fell to 2.6 million pounds resulting in industry revenues dropping from US$40 million to about US$22 million.


There is a tremendous shortage of the (Jamaican Blue Mountain) coffee now which has compounded the shortage that existed before, senator Grant said. Before Ivan, Jamaica could easily have sold 10 times the volume that was being produced.

Of the amount exported, 70 -75 per cent goes to Japan, while 15-20 per cent goes to the U.S. market, he said. With the overall fallout in supplies, the U.S. market would have been especially hard hit.

A PRNewswire report out of the United States said Jamaican wholesale coffee prices have increased 30 percent. It said gourmet retailers who carry Blue Mountain coffee are prepared to increase prices to as much as $50 per pound to the U.S. consumer.

Hurricane Katrina nearly wiped out the New Orleans Port facilities where much coffee is imported into the U.S. and warehoused before being roasted and distributed. The move to other available facilities, is likely to increase coffee prices further, the U.S. report said.

Prices vary in the U.S. market from US $32 op to US $50 per pound for roasted beans in different U.S. markets, senator Grant said. "But because of shortage, you will see a narrowing of that band with a slight movement up further."

But Jamaican producers are not necessarily getting an advantage from the movement in price as contracts are already locked to premium prices, senator Grant said. The higher prices are flowing through to the middlemen in the business who are, on the other hand, seeing a fall in the volume of their Blue Mountain coffee business.

And there is no immediate relief in sight as it will take three to four years to resuscitate the industry. The recovery of Blue Mountain coffee is being delayed not only by the direct impact of the hurricanes but by the resultant devastation of the road infrastructure in coffee areas as well as the delay in insurance recovery payment due to the insolvency of the industry's insurer, Dyoll.

Information from the Coffee Industry Board (CIB) shows that the entire Jamaican coffee industry was devastated by Hurricane Ivan which hit the island in September 2004 followed by Hurricane Dennis in July of 2005. Blue Mountain coffee production grabs the limelight but a substantial amount of lowland coffee is grown with output varying significantly but amounting to about 20 per cent of the total crop.

Output of lowland coffee has suffered an even bigger decline than Blue mountain coffee, according to CIB data.

"Domestic prices will be affected by the shortage of good quality coffee beans," CIB corporate communications manager Arlene Daley stated. "Market forces will determine the final vesting point of prices."

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005


New Comfort Flavor Creates Instant-Classic Seasonal Beverages

CLEARWATER, FL, September 15, 2005 – Turning leaves, crackling fires, warm beverages – cooling outdoor weather is the perfect time to enjoy something soothing.

Now Monin, the leading producer of gourmet flavoring syrups, captures the classic taste of fall in its newest creation, Pumpkin Spice.

An ideal complement to specialty coffee, tea or steamers, Pumpkin Spice Syrupwas created with today’s demanding coffeehouse patron in mind. The demand for seasonally-attuned beverages has increased and Monin Pumpkin Spice Syrup is set to attract much attention with its delightful seasonal flavor.

“Pumpkin Spice adds an authentic, sweet pumpkin flavor to hot and chilled beverages and smoothies, balanced with notes of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg,” said Ilaria Chiaruzzi, Marketing Manager for Monin. “It’s the quintessential pumpkin pie experience, rich, comforting and utterly satisfying.”

Pumpkin Spice is the newest addition to Monin’s Winter Warmers flavor family and joins Peppermint syrup and Gingerbread syrup in the line. All three flavors are sure to spice up seasonally featured beverages that operators and their customers will find irresistible as they create a warm, inviting sensory experience that truly warms up winter!

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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

College Students Drug Of Choice Best Found In Coffee

College students drug of choice best found in coffee
By Melinda Davis
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Do you know what miracle drug is readily available for college students, has been around for centuries, is inexpensive, and can be purchased without a prescription?
I'm sure most college students know about this, but if not, I'm going to let you in on our little secret: caffeine. Yes, you read right.

That nice little 'drug' found in many soft drinks and in coffees. And coffee is the drink I am going to fully endorse today.

So, you might wonder how your friend is able to have energy after going to bed at two in the morning and then getting up six hours of R.E.M. later ... well, the answer is simple: it's the loads of caffeine in her coffee.

Perhaps some of you know about caffeine, but haven't given in to trying the stuff yet. There can be many sufficient reasons for not choosing to drink coffee.
Some people might be concerned about becoming addicted to coffee and therefore choose not to drink it.

However, there are many things humans are addicted to that they need. In fact, most drugs, taken often, can become addictive. Like that Tylenol you reach for whenever you get that small headache - you could be addicted to it.

One can even argue that food is addictive. But who cares if it is?
Caffeine is something that people - college students in particular - need, so why not risk the addiction?

Is addiction always necessarily a negative thing, or is it the stigma society has given the word?

And besides, the positive side effects of coffee generally outweigh the negative effects. Caffeine gives people energy - and we all know this is a necessity when studying in the early hours of the morning for an exam.

Coffeehouses can be found all over Johnson City. Java City is one right on campus in the Culp Center. Some other coffeehouses in town are: Cow and Coffee, Kings Coffeehouse and Eatery, Starbucks and Java Rush.

And if you're looking for extra-extra energy, the espresso kind of coffee is probably what you need. But, do be cautious - more than five or six shots can cause rapid heart movement. SHOCK COFFEE is the latest High Caffeine Energy Drink enjoyed by college students.

Otherwise, drink away! And next time you're drinking that warm (or cold) cup of heavenly goodness, keep in mind this quote written anonymously - "If given enough coffee, I could rule the world."

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