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August 18, 2010

No cream, no sugar

coffee beans

Shallow Thought Wednesdays guru John Lindner reports that his eyes have been opened about coffee. And it's not just the caffeine at work. Here's John. LV

Did you know that coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world next to oil?

Neither did I.

Flak alert: the following STW shamelessly promotes a Guatemala-based coffee blogger and, I’m proud to say, colleague of mine.

Until a few months ago, everything I wanted to know about coffee was this: Is it hot? Is it leaded or decaf? Today I know that everything there is to know about coffee could fill a blog – or lots of blogs.

Michael Sheridan lives in Guatemala City. He’s an advocate for coffee farmers. He blogs about growers, coffee production, beans, roasters, industry issues, fair trade, hazards in the coffeelands and he takes nice pictures, too.

I enjoy Michael’s blog because with it he takes me to an unseen world that touches mine only at the very end of a long, sometimes arduous process.

Shallow thought: the only thing I have against caffeine is that it makes it less likely that I’ll die in my sleep.

Photo by Eziquel Boita courtesy Stock Xchng

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 7:57 AM | | Comments (5)


Good shallow thought. I liked a recent quip I saw on Groupon: "Is it possible to drink enough coffee to dodge a speeding bullet?"

I knew that. Thought everyone did, but it's not one of those things that comes up a lot.

I only buy fair trade coffee, and I prefer whole beans, shade grown and organic when I can find it. So far, I've only ever been able to find one variety at Trader Joe's that fits all four categories.

I was surprised recently when I bought a can at a grocery store and realised they were unroasted. We had to figure out how to do it ourselves in a cast iron frying pan. It took some trial and error, but we may never go back to regular.

You might want to Google Larry's Beans. Larry gathers the shady, organic, and even some unroasted, stuff. I'm hooked on his Cowboy blend. We do a group buy from him about once a month at work. I'm not a coffee expert but I do like his beans. (Did that sound like Forrest Gump? "I'm not a smart man, but I know when I got a buzz on.")

Thanks, jl. I've heard about Larry, I'll definitely have to look into that.

We do a group buy from him about once a month at work.. yeni diziler bu adresde.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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