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Volume 1: Is Direct Trade Fair?

In April of 2008, journalist Michaele Weissman released her groundbreaking book God in a Cup: the Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee. Now, in a three part series on Sprudge, Weissman revisits specialty coffee’s effort to alter the relationship between coffee growers and buyers by introducing innovative, relationship-based sales practices known collectively as “Direct Trade.””

 

Volume 2: Direct Trade in the Shadows

“In the first entry in this series, author Michaele Weissman explored the promise and problems associated with Direct Trade, the ethical sourcing model for specialty coffee in which producers and roasting work as partners. In her research—for this series and for her book, God In A Cup—more questions were raised than answered. The exploration continues.”

 

 

Show Me the Money: Direct Trade Volume 3

“Does the Direct Trade sales model produce the kind of tangible results Daday calls for? Does it put more money in the pockets of farmers and improve the quality of life in their communities? Looking for concrete answers to these elusive questions, Michaele Weissman follows the money trail in this final installment of her landmark three-part series on Direct Trade in 2017.”

 

 

 

Soul  Searcher: Michael Twitty is finding himself through the roots of African and  Southern Cuisines.

On Friday, Jan. 22, as Snowzilla bore down on the nation’s capital, peripatetic culinary scholar Michael Twitty was in South Carolina to tape a video, and he found himself in a jam:

 

FDluca011402887970Luca Trabocchi: A 10-year-old with a passion for cooking, and parents who foster it

It’s 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday in the busy kitchen at Fiola restaurant downtown. A 101 / 2-year-old boy with blue eyes, large hands and a dimple in his chin skillfully swirls dollops of porcini crema onto shiny porcelain plates.

Regional Rye Breadslatvianrye-400x701

Rye bread is not and never was a single something. Regional variations have always abounded, across Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Russia—places where rye grows more easily than wheat.

 

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Living Light

A Bethesda photographer and glass artist creates the minimalist ‘tree house’ of her dreams.

At 40, La Cuisine is the area’s oldest independent kitchen store"We only have room for the best," says La Cuisine owner Nancy Purves Pollard, here with her favorite pot for cooking a chicken.

Nancy Purves Pollard discovered her life’s work in a kitchen disaster.

 

 

Olaf Hammelburg Geoff Watts, the buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee, grades some coffee.

A Coffee Connoisseur on a Mission: Buy High and Sell High

GRANADA, Nicaragua — Geoff Watts turned up recently at the ceremony capping Nicaragua’s 2006 Cup of Excellence coffee competition in the steamy 500-year-old Convent of San Francisco here.

 

liz-neumark-from-bizjournalscomA Moveable Feast

LizBeth Neumark is sitting at a makeshift table in a temporary staging kitchen at the landmark New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue.

 

 

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NICHE MARKETS; For the Coffee Palate Too Refined for a Certain Large Chain

YOU may think these entrepreneurs are crazy when they talk about selling coffee beans for 40 bucks a pound.

 

 

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It’s hot, and I’m weary. I want coffee, but not hot coffee.

 

 

 

The NEW EntrepreneursLocal food entrepreneurs with their various products.

It all started because Nick Cho’s wife, Suzy, wanted a really good cup of coffee.

Desktop Dining

You probably eat lunch at your desk.

On Ramadan’s Sweet Side ramadan sweet side

As a little girl in Cairo, Aida Mady helped her mother bake cookies for Eid al-Fitr, the feast celebrating the end of Ramadan.

Guys and Dals

They call themselves Nala Paka after the mythological tale of an Indian king who was famed for his cooking.

Something’s Brewing in Office Coffee

Doug Cohen’s boss at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics calls him “our ayatollah of coffee.”

 

For YWCA, A Chocolate Chip Cookie RevivalWinning contestant Patricia Walls receives congratulations from fellow bakeoff contestants, Stacey Blisset Boyd (right) and Pamela Parker (center) after she won 1st prize in the chocolate chip cookie bakeoff. YWCA Chocolate Chip cookie bakeoff took place at the Stratford University Culinary Arts in Falls Church.

When the National Capital Area YWCA ceased baking its famed chocolate chip cookie in 1981, the dismay of some cookie loyalists rivaled the response of baseball fans when the Washington Senators left town a few years earlier.

 

 

The Reciprocity RapFairfax residents Christine and George Lively, pictured here with their children, Carl, 4, Georgia Mae, 8, and Lance, 21 months, say they have people over more often for dinner than they are invited to others' homes.

Ask someone who enjoys cooking and entertaining how often their guests reciprocate, and the response is usually a startled laugh that suggests you’re on to something.