How Switzerland turns a little coffee into a lot of money

Philip Shore:

The truth is out….as always very well designed info graphics by Quartz !

Originally posted on Quartz:

Drought in Brazil , combined with a crop-harming fungus in Central America  (paywall), have sent wholesale coffee prices to above $2 per pound for only the second time in the last fifteen years on the InterContinental Exchange in New York. But the prices paid on the commodity markets for unroasted beans are still dirt-cheap compared to what the Swiss are charging the rest of the world for their roasted beans.

In 2013, the average price paid for roasted coffee exported out of Switzerland was $18.75 per pound, according to data compiled by the International Trade Centre. Other top exporters shipped their coffee for around $4 per pound.

The premium paid for roasted Swiss coffee is likely a result of the Nespresso pods, which are manufactured in three Nestlé factories in Switzerland. The few grams of coffee contained in each of those single-serving brewing cups end up selling for a retail price of around $50…

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Gran Aroma another Suntory coffee attack !

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It has been a busy time for the marketers at Suntory, first the My Drop system, now their canned coffee Boss gets a revamp with the men of SMAP promoting their new BOSS Gran Aroma. The mixing of foreign words “Gran” and “Aroma” not withstanding, seems that Suntory is trying to up their coffee game! First time I have seen BOSS in a filter pack (meaning there is real coffee in the filter pack) and also the usual RTD canned version. They were promising some sort of champagne fermentation process was involved to make the Gran Aroma different. The coffee filter pack lists both Columbia and Brazil as origins, plus “others”! Others could be some robusta, or perhaps some natural process coffee from where I don’t know? There is this strange fragrance and aroma which has subtle nuances of a natural process coffee lurking deep within the blend! This will be available tomorrow the 20th of August ! SMAPxBOSS commercials too…….

Suntory makes a play for Nespresso’s market…..not really !

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Ready to drink coffee beverages have a fairly long history in the Japanese market. The above is a hybrid using liquid coffee, tea, and juice (sometimes mixed together-cassis coffee anyone)in a pod format. This is also a cross collaboration with THERMOS ! Kind of pricey at 90 JPY per pod and you must buy a box of 12 ! The cassis coffee was in a word “bizarre” ! Will be on sale in the Tokyo area in October!

お菓子の定番レシピにさようなら

Philip Shore:

Because the writer of this blog is far better than even she knows ! How long will it be until you are the next (insert famous writer)…..

Originally posted on 甘くて辛くてほろにがいイギリス :

リビングルームの隅に積読本コーナーがある。
でかすぎて重すぎて本棚に入りきれない本たちで、写真集と料理本が文字通り積み重なって埃を集めるスペースだ。それらをよっこいしょと抱えて掃除をしていたら、紙の重みがどーんと身に沁みた。そして何かがはじけた。

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Coffee Chat

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Recently I spent a little time, and less $$$ to get to where I was going to via Portland, Oregon ! Portland, much like San Francisco and Seattle are home to some really well thought of coffee shops/smaller scale-roasters ! Portland is home to of course Stumptown and it’s offerings are ubiquitous city-wide . Stumptown does a lot of things really well, they seem to have found that sweet spot between commercial coffee chains and hipster cafe vibe. They roast coffee really well, and were one of the first to use a direct trade model for green coffee procurement ! Their cafe’s, though extremely busy, maintain an open and welcoming atmosphere. The folks working the counter know their product ! They are friendly to a fault, it is one of the things I like best about my experiences there. The above pictures are from another independent called Cuova. Located in a semi-gentrified area of Portland warehouses. Cuova shares space with a woodworking company and they often roast on their small roaster (main roasting done another place). Again the coffee is without fault, presentation wise you see a nice attention to detail. That said, they are super-hipster, beards, tattoos the Portland jeans and shirts. You might find them stand-offish, but with a sort of relaxed west coast “Whaddya want” attitude. At most of the independent smaller roasters, should you buy some beans, they will offer you a cup of coffee of your choice. Coava doesn’t…….or at least didn’t ! Still the coffee is pretty darn good , even if the attitude isn’t as favourable as at their nearby competitors !

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Next up, pictured above I made my way to Longbeach, so I could pick up a few mini-novellas at the SCAA HQ ! With that mission accomplished it was off to Abbot Kinney and to Intelligentsia’s bar there. I bought some Kenyan ( did not buy the Geisha at $80 per 250 grams) and a bag of Columbian and was offered a cup of filter of my choice. I like the serving style there, very well trained staff, friendly but laid back ! I like how the bar tender follows each customer through the process from order taking to making to final payment. Of course the shop is an architectural wonder, ( and to be fair, many of the main Starbucks shops are also extremely interesting in their architecture ). I like Intelligentsia, they have always been great in the service and coffee that I have bought from them over the years.

Fifth Anniversary of Blogging on WordPress !

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So it was five years ago I started this blog, like many things I showed much interest in supplying pictures and comments of what I was doing. Like many things, my blog fell by the wayside ! Perhaps it was because I didn’t think I was giving anything of interest to those that chose to read ? Perhaps it was because I wasn’t anymore interested nor did I have anything interesting to write about. Go forward a few years and I was again (coerced) having to blog with a purpose. You might have seen that I have been posting on educational subjects. This was for a course requirement that gave us a choice of producing a Petcha/Kutcha-20/20 slide show or a blog. T’was the path of least resistance for me. So resurrection it was ! Since finishing the complete licensing course (still have my final project to deliver) I can now blog more about my interests again. I am looking forward to another 5 years of interaction with you !  

What Does Web 3.0 Look Like In Education?

Philip Shore:

Was alerted to this post on my reader feed, and now it would seem to be posted by another PIDP practitioner! Interesting view to the future.

Originally posted on TeachBytes:

I found this absolutely fantastic table created by Dr. John Moravec and HAD to share. It is a concise, meaningful comparison between web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0 and how each of these look in the classroom. For me, it provided an easy way to explain to stakeholders what the purpose of web 3.0 is, and what that might look like in education. Check it out below:

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As you can see, web 3.0 truly puts technology in the hands of the students, and focuses on using technology to help students make their education their own. It is no longer about churning out employees, but about encouraging students to be lifelong learners and engaging parents, teachers and students into a larger learning community.

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