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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.
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. :-)