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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

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Keurig K Cups Are Available!

K Cups CoffeeWe've received word over the last few weeks that many online K Cup retailers will soon no longer be able to sell K Cups directly to consumers.

Some of the online etailers affected include Coffee For Less, Coffee Giant, and others. We'd like to say these and other etailers have only lost the ability to sell K Cups online - not all one cup coffee products and K Cups will still be available to purchase online at Java Queen International's "Your Favorite Coffees" website as well as other online stores. The online retailers affected will continue to sell coffee pods, coffee, and other one cup coffee makers.

There are apparently several reasons that K cups Coffee, Tea and Cocoa are no longer available at these online stores. Some of them include issues in the Keurig office, the coffee market, as well as Keurig (now owned by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters) refocusing the selling of K Cups online in a more centralized fashion. We won't speculate at the moment, although there's plenty of speculation in the Single Serve Coffee forums, but we do know that Keurig One Cup Coffee Makers or better labeled, Keurig Brewers are here to stay and is a great choice for single serve coffee.

In the short term, you won't have the variety of K Cup online stores to choose from, but you will still be able to get any K Cup you want online from Your Favorite Coffees, Green Mountain Coffee Club, and Java Queen International

We'll let you know more as we find out.

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Green Mountain Coffee Announces New Partner Coffee!

PBS Blend is grown in the lush, tropical rainforests surrounding the El Triunfo Biosphere in Mexico. It is sweetly balanced and smooth, with full flavor and a rich finish. With this Fair Trade Certified™ organic coffee, we invite "viewers like you" to enjoy great taste while preserving both natural habitat and one of America’s greatest national treasures – PBS.

Why PBS?

A trusted community resource, PBS uses the power of noncommercial television, the Internet and other media to enrich the lives of all Americans. Through independent, distinctive and enlightening programs and educational services PBS inspires people to be more - more informed, empowered and engaged. By crafting the PBS Blend Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has not only helped the lives of the farmers who grow the coffee, but they've also provided the public with a delicious new way to show their support of PBS.

Deep within the Sierra Madre mountains of Southern Chiapas is one of the world’s most pristine and diverse natural places—300,000 fog-shrouded acres known as the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.

This extraordinary cloud forest, is home to the resplendent quetzal, spider monkey jaguar and tapir. Hundreds of butterfly species flit among giant tree ferns bromeliads and orchids. It is one of the few remaining unspoiled places in Mexico, and all of Latin America. And it is where PBS Blend takes root and blossoms.

In the buffer zone surrounding the reserve, family farmers grow coffee under the shade of a forest canopy, which provides habitat to countless species of birds, mammals and insects. In this way, the buffer zone both protects the core zones of the biosphere, and promotes sustainable commerce for the surrounding communities of farmers.

Available now, in whole bean and K-Cup coffees for your Keurig single cup coffee maker.

About PBS

PBS is a media enterprise that serves 354 public, noncommercial television stations and reaches almost 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. PBS supports America’s heritage, providing high-quality, award-winning programming and community outreach. PBS is education, arts and culture, history, news and information. PBS is also a leading provider of educational material for K-12 teachers and offers a broad array of other educational services. Visit PBS online for more information at

Hawaii Coffee Crop

Kona Coffee And Other Hawaiian Coffees

This year's Hawaii coffee crop is a double shot -- lower Kona production but higher output on the other islands.

In an off-year for a crop that tends to alternate between larger and smaller harvests because of the way the trees grow, Hawaii coffee growers will produce 7.3 million pounds this season.

That estimate, jointly released Tuesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service Hawaii Field Office and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, is down 11 percent from the previous season.

But production actually is higher away from the Big Island.

Because rainfall in Kona was below normal through much of the spring 2006 flowering period, Big Island coffee production is expected to be down 40 percent, to 3.5 million pounds.

Production on Oahu, Maui, Molokai and Kauai, is coming in at an estimated 3.8 million pounds, up 58 percent from the previous harvest.

"Most of the orchards on these islands are irrigated," said Mark Hudson, director of the NASS Hawaii Field Office, "which lessens the impact of dry weather."

Growers also have been ramping up production at several farms outside Hawaii County. In fact, a 7 percent increase in acreage on other islands -- rejuvenating previously abandoned or neglected fields -- more than offset a 3 percent decrease in Big Island coffee acreage. Statewide, there were 8,200 acres in coffee this season, and 6,300 harvested acres, the most in five years.

Comparing the situation to previous "off" years, Nils Morita, research statistician for the field office, reported that the estimated production is close to that of the 2002-2003 season and much better than the 2004-2005 season.

Coffee prices paid to growers have been averaging $4.15 per pound, down 9 percent from the previous season. Total farm value, factoring in both the lower price and the lower production, is gauged at $30.3 million, down 19 percent.

The report said there were 3,000 harvested acres on the Big Island this season of which 2,650 acres were on 630 farms in the Kona districts. There are 50 more Kona coffee growers than there were five years ago. The other 350 acres are on 115 farms scattered around the Big Island.

World Coffee Update
World coffee production for the 2006-2007 season is estimated at almost 129 million bags, up almost 15 million bags from the previous season. Brazil coffee production alone is 46.5 million bags, while Vietnam production is 16.5 million bags.

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