2005

Volume 18: The year of the cocoa bean

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That’s right, cocoa. True, we’ve made a name for ourselves off the coffee bean. But you really love our chocolates, too. Read more...


Volume 17: Coffee and the Berlin Wall

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An unexpected effect of German reunification came to me last month, as I sipped a terrible cup of coffee in a Berlin pastry shop. The coffee had little aroma and less flavor, as it is just about everywhere you go in Berlin, outside of a few trendy coffee shops that sell many of the world’s fine coffees, including Café Britt. But it wasn’t always this way. Read more...


Volume 16: Different strokes

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People can all get along. It does happen. And, ironically, it’s happening in Jerusalem. Read more...


Volume 15: Good coffee, good health

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I spent a week in May at a yoga camp in Tolum, Mexico, south of Cancun. Amid a large group of others there for peace, nutritious meals and exercise, I came to realize how health-conscious many have become. And when it comes to the health effects of a certain favorite beverage, coffee, they’re concerned. Read more...


Volume 14: Green or red?

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“You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black.” Henry Ford’s infamous quotation about his revolutionary but monotone Model T wasn’t too far off the mark at Café Britt about 10 years ago. A visit to our website or to one of the many Costa Rican supermarkets that sold our coffee back then would have revealed a plentiful supply of coffee to buy – as long as it was in a red or a green bag. Read more...


Volume 13: Welcome news for coffee producers

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Some welcome good news for Arabica producers. After five years of very tough times, the world’s producers of high-quality Arabica coffee are starting to make money again. We’re considerably smaller and leaner than we were five years ago, when a worldwide surplus of green coffee drove prices down. Read more...