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Are you a coffee lover? What if I told you there's so much more to coffee than just enjoying the ritual and drinking it? What if I told you there's a whole world to explore, and it all starts with looking beyond your cup? That's what The Coffee Podcast sets out to do. In the first 20 or so episodes, we discussed how to brew better coffee, but now, 8 years in the making, we focus on People-Focused Coffee Talk. Join us in the conversation as we learn about history, science, art, and more through the lens of coffee!
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    • 4.5 • 119 Ratings

Are you a coffee lover? What if I told you there's so much more to coffee than just enjoying the ritual and drinking it? What if I told you there's a whole world to explore, and it all starts with looking beyond your cup? That's what The Coffee Podcast sets out to do. In the first 20 or so episodes, we discussed how to brew better coffee, but now, 8 years in the making, we focus on People-Focused Coffee Talk. Join us in the conversation as we learn about history, science, art, and more through the lens of coffee!
Please remember to subscribe to The Coffee Podcast and leave a review to let us know what you've learned!
Subscribe to our newsletter, called our Brewsletter, where you can keep in touch and win cool coffee gear: https://mailchi.mp/a910a2dc4ef0/lp_2020

    Starbucks Sued Over 'Ethical' Claims

    Starbucks Sued Over 'Ethical' Claims

    Starbucks is the world's largest coffee brand and the National Consumers League (NCL) is stepping in with a lawsuit aimed at its 'ethical' sourcing claims. We invited NCL CEO Sally Greenberg onto the show to explain the advocacy group’s justification for filing the suit.

    National Consumers League
    nclnet.orgNCL PodcastSally Greenberg BioStarbucks
    Global Human Rights StatementC.A.F.E PracticesLawsuit Resources
    Starbucks sued for allegedly using coffee from farms with rights abuses while touting its ‘ethical’ sourcing
    NBC News 
    Kenzi Abou-Sabe, Adiel Kaplan 
    January 10, 2024Starbucks Sued Over Allegedly Misleading ‘Ethical’ Claims
    Bloomberg Law 
    Clara Hudson 
    January 10, 2024 Starbucks Reportedly Sued By Watchdog Claiming Its Coffee Is Linked To Human Rights Abuses
    Forbes 
    James Farrell
    January 10, 2024 Starbucks sued for false advertising about its ethical sourcing claims
    Fast Company 
    Kristin Toussaint 
    January 10, 2024 Starbucks sued for alleged false advertising of ‘ethical’ coffee
    The Hill
    Sarah Fortinsky
    January 10, 2023Consumer Group Sues Starbucks Over ‘Ethical Sourcing’ Claims
    Daily Coffee News
    Nick Brown 
    January 10, 2024 Starbucks sued for allegedly using coffee from farms with abuses while touting ethical sourcing
    Sky News
    January 10, 2024 Starbucks sued for using coffee from plantations that allegedly violate human rights
    EFE
    January 10, 2024 Starbucks sued for allegedly using coffee from farms with rights abuses while touting its ‘ethical’ sourcing
    Jan. 10, 2024, 9:40 AM EST
    By Kenzi Abou-Sabe and Adiel Kaplan

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    A Comeback Throwback

    A Comeback Throwback

    This episode is jam packed with surprises for our listeners. What else can I say without spoiling the whole thing?

    Happy new year!
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    • 30 min
    E183 | The Farmer-Roaster Relationship

    E183 | The Farmer-Roaster Relationship

    Xavier Alexander's perspective on the dynamic between coffee farmer and roaster goes further than typical definitions of "direct trade." Metric's philosophy on coffee sourcing focuses on economic sustainability for both farmer and roaster.

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    METRIC20% OFF Discount Code: COFFEEPODContact Information
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    • 25 min
    E182 | Scrappy Specialty

    E182 | Scrappy Specialty

    The story of Metric Coffee is compelling, inspirational, and challenges the status quo of the modern coffee company as they are “Guided by Quality, Radical Transparency and the Transformative Power of a Fair Price to Producers.” If you have had a cup of coffee from Metric you have tasted Metric’s rich decade old story. But the sensory experience does not reveal the full value behind the cup. In this conversation we sit down with Xavier Alexander and learn what it cost him and his loved ones to pursue their coffee dream.

    Resources and References
    METRIC20% OFF Discount Code: COFFEEPODAd Partners
    The New Coffee Shop Welcome Box, by Fresh Cup MagazineMaxwell Dashwood's "The Business of Specialty Coffee"Contact Information
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    • 24 min
    E181 | Rewarding Farmers and the Regenerative Society Foundation

    E181 | Rewarding Farmers and the Regenerative Society Foundation

    Andrea Illy discusses how illycafé rewards coffee farmers annually through the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award. We also get a look into critical topics in sustainability and how the Regenerative Society Foundation might play a role in a brighter future for all coffee people.

    Resources and References
    illyRegenerative Society FoundationIlly Sustainability ProjectsGlobal Leader Forum Document — The gap between sustainability investment and impactFor those of you very curious about data mentioned in this episode, here is a swath of info...

    DAILY COFFEE NEWS
    The Forecast is Bleak: Inside the 2018 Coffee Barometer
    BY NICK BROWN

    Thanks again to Niels Haak of Conservation International for the last minute data finding. Here are some of the articles we scanned through for more info:

    DAILY COFFEE NEWS
    Making Coffee Fully Sustainable Could Cost $4B and Take Decades, According to New Report
    BY NICK BROWN

    GLOBAL COFFEE PLATFORM
    Coffee Sustainability Catalogue 2016
    BY VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS

    SUSTAINABLE COFFEE CHALLENGE
    The Latest Commitments Hub Report
    BY VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS

    GLOBAL COFFEE REPORT
    Inside the 2020 Coffee Barometer Report
    BY ETHAN MILLER

    COFFEEBAROMETER.ORG
    COFFEE BAROMETER 2020
    COFFEE BAROMETER 2023
    BY VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS
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    • 41 min
    E180 | Andrea Illy and illycaffè

    E180 | Andrea Illy and illycaffè

    The Illy family has been in coffee chasing the same dream for 90 years. Andrea Illy shares family stories, lessons learned, and more in this episode.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

GuitarBrad ,

Excellent content!

This cast has always provided fresh insights and information! I enjoy the guest interviews and the style of the presentation. Please continue to produce and release new episodes!!

Noah 4579😃 ,

Great for young Entrepreneurs

This podcast brings such a wealth of knowledge to the table, especially for young people like me. There are so many young baristas with dreams of starting our own shops someday, and this podcast provides so much raw data and accuracy that help understand the market and dissect what it would really take to make it in this business. I appreciate what you guys are doing, especially for the young entrepreneurs. Keep up the good work!

Jon P. 989 ,

Always trying something new / earnest

Jesse is a great host (he’s been recently a guest on BBC) and is always pushing outside his comfort zone to bring us new perspectives and information on all things coffee. Really enjoying his updates from return to conferences!

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