Friday, September 16, 2005

The Coffee Trail

The Guardian has an interesting article on coffee. They start with growers in Ethiopia, through the buyers, inspectors, roasters and on to the coffee shop.

Things are a little better now: last year, Mekonum made 35p for each kilogram of coffee. This year, when he hired a donkey to take the family's beans along the hilly road to the village - the first stage in an extraordinarily complex journey that would end, months later, in the supermarkets and coffee shops of Britain and elsewhere - he found that the figure had risen to 48p

I like my coffee, and we buy Fairtrade coffee in work, but I had never thought about making sure to ask for it in coffee shops. I think I will in future.

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