Reeling under distress and losses due to rains, floods and landslides over the last two years, the Covid-induced lockdown has been brewing fresh crisis for coffee growers in Karnataka, the land of the aromatic beverage, according to a trade representative, here on Saturday.
No matter what roast you prefer, there is a bean that will deliver the sophisticated flavor and bracing caffeine boost you want from your morning (or afternoon or evening or late night) coffee. Here are some of the best we’ve found.
A third of the estimated 68 million bags that will be picked this season are already sold after growers took advantage of a plunge in the local currency to lock in prices, according to consulting firm Safras & Mercado. That’s up from 28% at the same time last year and the 24% five-year average.
If, for example, your coffee is sour, your initial reaction may be to blame the beans, but there are two other parameters you may want to try adjusting first. Our own Alice Bradley was having such an issue with some coffee she received from Atlas Coffee Club, so she reached out to the company to see what was up with that.
Late on Wednesday, Vietnam’s government extended a two-week period of social distancing for 12 provinces in the country, but lifted those measures for most rural areas, including the coffee belt of Central Highlands.
“We are having very high demand, mainly from Europe . . . consumption has increased a lot in supermarkets in the USA, and they want to replenish stocks,” he said.
You already know that Seattle has a rich coffee culture, but with many cafes closed and daily routines disrupted, it’s harder than ever to take advantage of that abundance. Luckily, there are still plenty of ways to get coffee from local, original roasting companies, which source their beans from sustainably run farms with fair trade practices, roast them right here in the city, and create their own special blends.
Instead, dine-in and to-go orders have been replaced with stay-at-home orders, staffs have been laid off and green coffee beans sit unroasted, all due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And even as business slowed to a drip of what it normally is, Leon Grodski de Barrera, the shop’s owner, knows it could be about to get much worse, if the state orders all businesses to close their doors to slow the spread of the virus. Already on Monday, he said, business is down 35%.
One summer my mom famously took her bottle of amaretto non-dairy creamer on a road trip, left it in the car day and night in the kinds of temperatures that suffocate small children, and it never spoiled. That was my wake-up call.