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Article: Bird Lovers, Wake Up and Smell the Shade Coffee!: Thanks so much for this article, Marna!

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KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2008
4:44 PM

Post #5617645

A number of years ago we were fortunate enough to visit Costa Rica where our guides educated us on this subject. We have purchased nothing but shade grown coffee since and recommend it to all our friends. When you see people work so hard to use practices that will benefit the future and nature as well as themselves, it's hard not to help them in whatever small way we can.

Please, everyone, buy shade grown coffee! Insist your markets carry it. It can be found at prices that won't break the budget and it's a small way to benefit the environment.
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2008
6:15 PM

Post #5617951

Have to say - that link to Coffee and Conservation is worth checking out! I learned so much more in just a short time. Mainly - "shade grown" is not always really "shade grown."

Thanks again, Marna!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
6:52 PM

Post #5618078

I know, Julie Craves does a GREAT job with that website!

Speaking of which, Check out her entry on Costa Rican Coffee. They aren't so cooperative as one would think!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2008
6:58 PM

Post #5618094

Yes, I read that! Just when we think we know something, someone shows us how ignorant we are! At least I know what to look for on the labels now. :-)

Having said that, the area we were in certainly had no shortage of birds and the coffee was excellent!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
8:01 PM

Post #5618300

You know, it is so interestingly complex. I think I'm just going to have to go check out all of these countries and birds myself this winter, don't you think? ;)
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2008
8:04 PM

Post #5618317

Oh, yes, I think you should! Coffee growing methods aside, I highly recommend Costa Rica and a certain eco-lodge on the Caribbean side. :-)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
8:16 PM

Post #5618372

might just have to do it!! I'm amazed at how inexpensive the airfare there is. A friend is having a wedding in Panama next Feb. I'm trying to figure out how to go!!!

PS. I don't drink coffee!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #5618399

Perhaps you've never had good coffee! lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
8:40 PM

Post #5618462

you know, that is what Julie said! I'm sure I've just always tried robusta. We'll see!
KaperC
No. San Diego Co., CA
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2008
9:14 PM

Post #5618602

Everyone's taste buds are different. I don't like weak coffee. I really didn't drink much at all until I went to a French resort (OK, it was Club Med!) and had coffee so rich we were afraid for the spoons! It was a dark French roast and I loved it. There were thermoses of hot milk and hot water on the table, but I've never doctored coffee or tea, and drank it straight. Yummmmy. Try a medium with low acid. :-)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2008
10:15 PM

Post #5618799

Good of you to fear for the spoons. In general, I'm not too fond of many things "bitter" so we'll see!

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