Wednesday, August 30, 2023

What to see and do while traveling the world starts with finding the perfect coffee shop and wine bar.

Travel the World and Experience Local wines and Coffee Bars
Do you love to travel and explore the world? 

What better way to do it than to find the best wine and coffee bars each destination has to offer?

 In this blog post, and with the help of  VIATOR  we will explore some of the best places to experience a unique blend of local favorites and worldly delights. From boutique cafés in Paris to cozy wine bars in the heart of Rome, get ready to embark on an adventure of tasting the finest brews and wines from around the world. We will also share tips.

     A Guide to the Best Coffee Shops Around the World.

   Are you curious to explore the many different coffee shops that exist around the world? Have you ever wondered what kind of specialty coffees each culture has to offer? 

Well, this guide is here to help Whether it's finding the perfect espresso in Italy or sampling a traditional Turkish Tea, this article will provide an overview of some of the most popular cafes and breweries around the globe.

   First off, let’s start by discussing Italian coffee houses When visiting Italy, one can find great quality cafés at almost every corner! You can expect high-grade beans from choice regions like Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Colombia, and Costa Rica at these places. As for the type of drinks they offer – cappuccino remains king with most Italians beginning their day with it; Espresso comes in as the number two due to its strength and caffeine kick; while Americano takes third place because it's considered more mellow compared to other styles.

   Next is French cafés that are known for their rich flavor notes often referred to as “chocolatey” or “nutty” which makes them stand out among all other types of coffees consumed globally. Popular locations feature stunning artwork on their walls which adds even more character than just their fantastic product alone! 

Additionally, don't forget about Madrid when considering Spain - where tourists will be able to find small yet cozy hole-in-the-wall shops offering powerful caffeine shots with lots of character!

 In addition to Europe, we have Turkey which offers a dark roast blend served alongside local sweets such as borek (a savory pastry making them one of the few countries that simultaneously satisfy both your sweet tooth along with your need for java powerhouses! 

It doesn't stop there however as Japan also has unique options when traveling through Asia — introducing matcha blends that stand out from anything else found on Earth .This Japanese powerhouse has moved up significantly in popularity over recent years so now may be a better time than any to try this new favorite blend if you haven't already done so!

 Finally, let us not forget our beloved South America which offers traditional varieties like cafe con leche (literally meaning 'coffee with milk' but also boasts several acclaimed espresso bars serving intense flavors that have conquered hearts worldwide! 

Cafes like La Colombe Torrefaction based out of Miami serve amazing espresso drinks made using fresh Colombian Arabica beans blended together to create hot Java creations sure tantalize any enthusiast's taste buds no matter where they're located at — thanks to modern international shipping laws nowadays anyone abroad can still get access goods without too much hassle either these days too…so don’t miss your chance try something amazing today before supplies run low!!

 Tips for Finding the Best Coffee and Wine in Global Destinations

Exploring global destinations often comes with the anticipation of trying new local dishes and drinks Coffee and wine can be two of the most unique experiences during a person’s travels, but they can also be difficult to find if one does not know where to look A comprehensive guide detailing tips for finding the best coffee and wine in global destinations is essential for any traveler looking to discover an amazing cup or glass while abroad.

 The trickiest part about finding great coffee or wine at your destination may involve familiarity with local dining customs or knowledge about specific establishments located off-the-beaten path While it's easy enough to go into a cafe, get an espresso, and leave to continue sightseeing, sometimes travelers are searching for that special spot which captures the essence of their location—whether it's a small bistro serving up exceptional roasts or a dive bar boasting hard-to-find wines from exclusive regions within Europe.

 Using tour services like VIATOR listed below can help narrow down options based on personal reviews posted by other users who have been there before you; however, don't forget about word-of-mouth recommendations from locals (including hotel staff that could point you towards hidden gems overlooked by tourists.

Also getting advice from seasoned guides booked through travel agencies may offer insight on trendy spots known only by insiders - these kinds of finds will make your journey even more memorable when you come home again!

 Ultimately, enjoying great coffee and wine abroad is all about being adventurous -- it pays off rewards like no other activities when traveling internationally as these cultural experiences expand our understanding of different lands around us! 

By using this blog post's helpful tips alongside advanced research tools like VIATOR listed below 
should help you feel confident enough to take on any challenge that entails locating some caffeinated goodness (or vino! throughout global cities worldwide — so happy hunting everyone!

 Creating Your Own Special Coffee and Wine Journey Around the World

 Have you ever thought of discovering the taste of authentic coffee around the world? From the slow-roasted delicacies in Italy to the robust flavors from Colombia, there’s an adventure waiting for you in every destination. Join us on a journey as we explore some of our favorite coffee shops across global destinations so that you can experience great coffee at their source.

 Coffee has been around for centuries and many cultures have adopted it into their lifestyles Whether it is Turkish or French-style brewing methods, exploring these styles and sippers is an enriching experience – not just for your palate but also for your understanding of different kinds of coffees around the world We’ll show you how to find unique cafes with knowledgeable baristas so that each cup brings new aromas and tastes within reach.

    Culinary travelers, don’t forget about wine! 

As coffee enthusiasts embark on this global exploration, they will be exposed to beautiful wine regions like France's Loire Valley or South Africa's Stellenbosch Hills – each with its own terroir and grapes varietals which are sure to tantalize any adventurous senses Learn about interesting vintages handcrafted by passionate vintners who might even give guided tours through their vineyards - complete with tasting sessions - on request! So come prepared; sip slowly between searching out vintage gems that complement your culinary adventures abroad!

 As exciting as a round-the-world tour sounds, traveling isn't always feasible (or advised! during uncertain times such as these Fortunately enough though, visiting international markets right here at home could offer similar experiences without having to leave your city limits!

 Some cities may even boast importers providing delicatessen goods featuring exotic fruits like macadamia nuts from Opotiki in New Zealand or Bolivian cacao beans from La Paz – all delivered fresh directly to our doorsteps daily! Not only is this an excellent chance to try something new without leaving home but also allows one to discover new products while supporting local enterprises amidst travel restrictions too! 

 Together let us take this special voyage brimming with versatile flavors learned through sampling a melting pot worth of specialty drinks originating far away lands seeking novel brews boundless opportunities await ready open arms more than willing to uncover globe-trotting expedition drink up palpable thrills experienced firsthand unlocking hidden treasures accessible worldwide creating custom coffee liquor storybook scenarios start today begin now keep moving onwards lasting memories made savoring discoveries along the way living life king size forevermore.

  Traveling around the world and discovering local favorites is an incredible experience From discovering coffee shops in global destinations to finding amazing wine and coffee bars, the opportunities are endless! With a little research and dedication, you can make your dreams of traveling come true So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start planning the travel adventure of a lifetime!

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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Is Proffee, a blend of protein shake and coffee, a fad, or a trend

Proffee is popping up all over social media such as TikTok, Instagram and Pinterest. I know many are thinking, what the heck is a Proffee? OK, it is basically a combination of coffee and protein drink, making the combination itself endless. The presentations are endless, and the taste can be adjusted to your own.

When you see these the first time at your local coffee bar, it will make you stop and wonder what it is. For coffee shops adopting it early they are seeing a big increase in sales.

Imagine getting your coffee for energy and your protein to rebuild all in one drink. It makes for the perfect combination to grab on the way to a gym. Many drink companies have adopted to this earlier such as coffee coke, just mentioning one. Social media has a way of instigating fads, but some of them like this one, just might be around long enough to be a trend. I hope to do more research on this and will post phots of places I can find this in Greece, where I am currently living, so be sure to check back later for more insights.

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

French coffee house music video

I know everyone likes great coffee house music, so here is a perfect way to explore my YouTube channel, by clicking on the video, or just setting back and listening to this long playing musical video I produced. Be sure to subscribe to this blog  using the subscribe by e-mail button which I recently added to replace the feedburner google no longer supports.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Coffee, the untold story from beginning to end

From Bean to Cup: the Battle Between Starbucks and Ethiopian Coffee Farmers

By: Selome Araya

Every day in the early hours of the morning, the farmers of the Oromia region head out to the coffee plantations in the Ethiopian highlands for a day’s work. Often walking barefoot for miles to arrive, the farmers use their bare hands to pick the coffee beans off of steep mountains in high altitudes and a blazing sun. For these farmers and their families, coffee farming is the only means to earn a living in one of the poorest countries in the world. They earn less than a dollar a day.

Halfway across the world, sleepy office workers line up at the Starbucks on 14th St. in New York City, ready to pay three dollars for their first jolt of caffeine. Starbucks, with over 11,000 stores worldwide and annual earnings of over $7 billion, receives much of its coffees from countries like Ethiopia.

Since its founding in 1985, the company has promoted fair trade as part of its corporate image. Starbucks has courted its politically correct customers with “Fair Trade” Ethiopian coffee in lovely cut out packaging. But the relationship between the corporation and the farmers is more complicated than it appears. Recently, there has been a growing controversy over whether or not Ethiopian farmers and the Ethiopian economy are receiving fair treatment from the multinational corporation. This debate has sparked a fervent campaign by fair trade organizations, workers’ unions, and the Ethiopian government, who are publicly challenging the ethics of the company.

Conducting Business Responsibly

Starbucks maintains that it enjoys a positive relationship with coffee farmers. With their “commitment to social responsibility”, Starbucks developed an integrated approach to coffee sourcing with C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity Practices), a set of socially responsible coffee-buying guidelines. This sustainable strategy is said to improve working conditions for farmers, helping them earn more while protecting the environment.

Starbuck commits itself to paying premium prices for all of its coffee and attempts to purchase coffee that is certified as Fair Trade Coffee. “Starbucks global purchases of Fair Trade Certified coffee totaled 11.5 million pounds in fiscal 2005, making it the largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified coffee in North America” the company stated in a brochure. “In addition to paying premium prices for all of our coffees, our investment in social development projects and providing access to affordable loans in coffee growing regions has been recognized for its leadership within the industry,” Starbucks said in a press release statement in October 2006.

Trademark Blocking

However, Ethiopian farmers believe they are receiving the short end of the stick in this relationship. While Starbucks continues to generate billions of dollars each year, Ethiopian farmers and their supporters believe that Starbucks does not wish to see them or their country, reap comparable profits.

Oxfam International, a British human rights organization, claims that Starbucks tried to block the Ethiopian governments’ attempt to trademark the names of coffees grown in its Harar, Yirgacheffe, and Sidamo regions, denying the impoverished country possible revenues of up to $80 million. The U.S. National Coffee Association (NCA) attempted to block trademark efforts, and Oxfam accused Starbucks of being behind these efforts. Although Starbucks denies this claim, Oxfam spokeswoman Jo Leadbetter says there is validity in their claim. “We have heard from a number of sources that actually Starbucks was involved in alerting the U.S. coffee association to block these applications and that it ‘stinks of corporate bullying,’” Leadbetter said.

According to Oxfam, for every cup of coffee sold at Starbucks, farmers in Ethiopia only early about $.03, receiving a very small portion of the profits that their coffee generates from consumers. “Ethiopian coffee farmers often collect about 10 percent of the profits from these coffees. The rest goes to the coffee industry players that can control the retail price, the international importers, distributors— and roasters like Starbucks,” Oxfam stated on its Make Trade Fair website. In response, OXFAM has launched a fair trade campaign to support farmers like the ones in the Ethiopian highlands. “Starbucks has engaged in some positive initial steps in helping coffee farmers living in poverty. I don’t understand why they won’t take the next step and come to the table to discuss Ethiopia’s proposal in good faith,” stated Seth Petchers, Oxfam America’s coffee program manager.

Ethiopia coffee industry

Ethiopia, known as the birthplace of Arabica coffee from its Kaffe region, depends on the production of coffee for its economy. Coffee production is so important to the agriculture-based Ethiopian economy that 50-60% of its export trade comes from coffee income. The industry employs one out of every four people. An estimated 15 million coffee farmers and their families depend on coffee for their survival.

Coffee is also a central element of Ethiopian culture, with traditions that date back to the 10th century, when the first tree was domesticated in the south-western highlands of the country. Coffee is so important to the daily routine of life in Ethiopia that “coffee ceremonies” happen daily throughout the country. A third of the national production is consumed domestically.

Starbucks’ potential impact on the Ethiopian market

Should Ethiopia be successful in trade marking its beans, it will enable the country to control the use of its beans in the market, giving its farmers a larger portion of the retail price. "Securing the trademark for its Sidamo, Harar and Yirgacheffe coffee beans could have allowed the country to increase its negotiation leverage through control of the names and ultimately (derive) a greater share of the retail price in the global market," Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The potential benefits for the Ethiopian market are enormous, according to Hailu Fitsum, the Second Secretary of Trade Investment at the Ethiopian Embassy. “When producers can grow and prosper by not only improving production and quality but also by building up the value of their intellectual property portfolios, then everybody in the coffee industry – including partners in retail and distribution as well as consumers – reap benefits.” Fitsum adds that in a case like Ethiopia’s, “Stronger negotiating power would enable millions of coffee farmers and traders to prosper and invest in the future of these fine coffees.”

Ethiopia’s Position

Tadesse Meskela, the representative for the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union in Ethiopia, agrees with Fitsum. According to Meskela, Starbucks sells the coffee for $14.00 per pound, but only pays $1.20 per pound, which does not even cover the cost of production.

However, Mr. Meskela explained that the coffee farmers’ issue is also with the World Trade Organization, not only with Starbucks. In a telephone interview, he said, “The WTO controls a huge amount of the profit trade and a change needs to be made in international trade laws. The price we [farmers] receive is very low and it’s lower because of unfair trade laws.”

Meskela is working hard to save his 74,000 impoverished coffee farmers, and he is on a mission to find buyers who are willing to pay a fair price for their coffee. Meskela is also the main character in Black Gold, a documentary that juxtaposes the experiences of the coffee farmers with that of the consumers who purchase the product on the other side of the world. “This film highlights the vulnerability of coffee farmers and the disconnect that exists between poor farmers and huge profits. Oxfam seeks to correct the imbalances of power at the root of unfair trade,” stated Petchers.

Starbucks’ Position

In response to Oxfam’s campaign, Starbucks has launched a counter-attack. “We have never filed an opposition to the Ethiopian government’s trademark application, nor claimed ownership to any regional names used to describe the origin of our coffees,” the company said. Dub Hay, Starbucks Senior Vice President of Coffee and Global Procurement told BBC radio, "We have not been involved in trying to block Ethiopia's attempts. We did not get the NCA involved; in fact it was the other way around. They were the ones who contacted us on this.”

While Starbucks denies being behind the trademark-blocking process, the company doesn’t think that trade marking is in the best interest of the farmers and the Ethiopian economy. “Were trademarks to be implemented -- roasters might shy away from buying the coffees for fear of becoming embroiled in complicated legal disputes. Or worse, they may buy the coffees and just market them without the trademarked names. Letting the high quality beans go to market without a geographic identification would completely undermine the value of the brand,” Starbucks said in a statement.

The Ethiopian government also asked Starbucks to sign an agreement that would enable Ethiopia to have ownership of its coffees. However, Starbucks refused to sign such an agreement, as the company believes that if Ethiopia were to trademark its products it would be excluding itself from the market. According to Hailu, this is grossly offensive. “The only way this statement could be accurate is if Ethiopia completely mismanages the trademarks once they have been acquired, and I would hope that Starbucks is not assuming that Ethiopia is not capable of managing the Intellectual Property assets related to one of its most important exports,” Hailu says.

As an alternative to trademarking products, Starbucks suggests the development of geographic certification programs. Through the certification programs, a country can be identified as the origin of a product. Starbucks says these systems are more effective than registering trademarks for geographically specific names, such as the regional names the Ethiopian government is trying to trademark. The trademark signifies the manufacturer of a good or product while certification identifies that the product meets quality product standards. Alain Poncelet, Starbucks’ head of Green Coffee Purchasing told Spiegel Online, the German online newspaper, that his company “is all for Ethiopia ‘protecting its regional names,’ just not through trademark.”

This position is not receiving much press, however. The company received over 70,000 phone calls and faxes from concerned consumers showing support for the farmers. But does such negative publicity have any affect on the house-hold name and billion dollar company? “Probably not,” says a Starbucks employee in New York City who spoke on condition of anonymity. “People are so hooked on coffee that they are not going to be affected by something that is happening so far away. The only people protesting Starbucks are a minority of activists. Everyone else just thinks about their own problems.” The employee also spoke highly of Starbucks treatment of its employees. “They treat their employees better than most corporate companies and they give a lot back to the community,” he said.

Power positioning

As Meskela pointed out, the struggle between the coffee farmers and Starbucks doesn’t just address the issue of trademark rights. It also highlights the way coffee farmers are almost entirely left out of the trading industry between governments and corporations. The issue addresses the reality that farmers in “developing” countries don’t have much bargaining power in the international trade sector.

Senait Assefa, a resident of New York from Ethiopia, believes that strengthening the position of coffee farmers in the international market should be the focus of the efforts, not Starbucks. “The coffee producers should band together to control the supply of coffee in the international market, thereby enabling themselves to dictate their own terms (similar to how oil producing countries manipulate the price of oil by reducing or increasing production & supply)”, said Assefa. However, Assefa admits that this might not work. “While oil is a resource only few countries are endowed with, almost anybody can grow coffee,” she added.

Although coffee is a crop that can grow in different regions, the high quality of Ethiopian coffee is what makes it so unique. As Ethiopian farmers continue to work hard to produce such fine quality coffee, their position in the international trade market is just beginning to receive worldwide attention, thanks to the tireless work of Meskela and others. While the battle to trademark their coffees continues, the coffee farmers are also left to struggle with trade laws that make them invisible in the chain of international players.

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