Hario Water Coffee Dripper “POTA N” PTN-5BZ (5 servings)

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The Fox Drinks: Great Lakes Coffee

Jamaica blue mountain #amber estate!

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Some mornings call for several cups of coffee. If you find yourself reaching for that extra shot of joe this fine Sunday, make sure it’s the good stuff. The Fox loves to journey down to Midtown Detroit for an excellent pour of Great Lakes Coffee. Here, at the first of now three metro area locations, coffee enthusiasts can get lost in a host of delicious lattes, draught iced coffees, espresso shots and pour over brewed coffees. In addition to testing some of their small-batch roasts they source from independent farmers, co-ops and more – one can enjoy a delicious draught pull of several locally brewed, Michigan beers. Right next to the iced coffee, you will find selections from Jolly Pumpkin, Shorts, Bell’s, Petrus and Dupont on tap. There is a regularly rotating menu of natural wines, small plates and goodies to satiate any hunger pang to come your way.

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Starbucks 1st Colombia Store Blueprint to Enter Jamaica

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All beans sold at Starbucks in Colombia are sourced from Colombia. That’s a model which finds favour with strict coffee boards in core coffee countries.

Starbucks described the concept of single origin beans as novel for the global chain that started in the Seattle, USA.

“It’s also the company’s first and only store in
the world to serve 100 percent locally sourced coffee,” states Starbucks on the deal.
Starbucks wants 50 stores in Colombia in the medium term for the 50 million fast growing nation.

Its a single-source model that could find favour in Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica.

Starbucks however would need to bunch smaller countries like Jamaica with existing investments in Central America for  such a venture to even register as a single digit in the company’s financials which earned US$15 billion revenues last year.

“When we set out to design
this store, we wanted to reflect that coffee heritage through store design and create a truly elevated experience for our customers,” stated head of Starbucks design Latin America Bret Lewis.

The highlight of the local selection is its Starbucks Reserve® coffees from Colombia. These are rare collections of single source coffees,
available only in select stores worldwide.

“As our first Reserve location in the region,
serving some of the finest and rarest
Colombian coffees, we had a unique
opportunity to try a bold design that captures
our coffee passion,” Lewis said.

Starbucks own coffee
heritage with Colombia dates back to the
1970s.

On the second level of the store, past a short
flight of stairs, a one-of-a-kind interactive
coffee bar experience awaits. Here, customers
meet one-on-one with Starbucks baristas to
learn about sourcing, the art of blending, the
coffee roast spectrum, and to try various
brewing methods – from the manual pour-over
style Chemex® Coffeemaker, to the classic
coffee press. It’s an opportunity for customers
to try any of the five different varieties of
Colombian coffee offered in the store.

Marley Coffee High Grades but…

 

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Marley Coffee offers one of the coolest brands from the Jamaica Blue Mountains. This coffee rocks with reggae chocolateness and R&B low acidity. Its led by Rohan Marley, the son of reggae legend Bob Marley, with operations in the US and Jamaica.

Its listed on the OTC Market in the US as Jammin Java and considered a penny stock with thin capitalisation. The team at Marley Coffee however want to change that but are faced with financial hurdles.

For instance, April quarterly sales more than doubled year on year which has  puts it on track to surpass the US$10 million annualised target for this financial year.

Despite the rapid sales jump, its net loss quadrupled to US$1.9 million during the three months to April. The company blamed the losses on its widening US distribution.

“The principal reason for the increase in net loss was the US$1.9 million increase in total operating expenses from the growth of the company and its staffing needs offset by the US$473,950 increase in total other income,” said company filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Losses mean very little to coffee lovers who just want the perfect brew. Marley Coffee offers that, but even that has challenges based on the limited supplies of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.

The shortage is based on factors outside the company’s control led by the coffee rust disease. During the April quarter the company purchased just  US$65,000 worth of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. which accounted for a small fraction off its US$2.1 million in quarterly sales. Comparatively, the company bought one-third more Jamaican coffee a year earlier.

In fiscal 2014, Marley Coffee established a national grocery distribution network, increased its brand awareness and strengthened its international presence, including its entry into two of the largest chains in the US, Safeway and Kroger.

 

An open letter to Ireland: Dear whiny bitches…

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Dear Whiny Bitches,

How’ve you been? I am good. Let’s talk about that recent survey. You know the one? Recently something called the Good Country Index released a survey stating that Ireland was the “best” country in the world. Now, there’s a been a lot of confusion on this so first of all let’s just clarify that the survey was not necessarily the best place in the world to live, the survey was actually trying to measure which countries contribute most to the welfare of humanity (in stuff like global aid, peace-keeping, diplomacy, fighting climate change and so on) and which countries are dragging everyone else down. Now, I’ll admit I was surprised that we got the number one spot, not stunned, but surprised. But sure, we do give a lot of money to overseas aid and we’ve been involved in UN Peacekeeping missions since the early sixties so fine…

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