The question remains as to whether, in the future, the shared value in the coffee served at the White House will perpetuate or end poverty, not only in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras but also everywhere else where coffee is grown, including Kenya.
It's not just that the best coffee is often served to you by someone with an attitude and a sweet vest.
The word "Colombia" doesn't exactly bring to mind colonial buildings dripping in bougainvillea or snow white beaches lapped by turquoise water.
Low prices coupled with coffee rust is threatening the livelihoods of many farmers in Central America. Consumers are paying more for coffee; producers are getting paid less; and those in the middle are making money from both.
Farm to table? Try tree to cup.
If you happen across a café that serves THRIVE Farmers Coffee, your cup may as well be served straight from the worn hands of the Costa Rican farmer that grew the beans for its brew. And he would definitely be smiling.
Coffee production worldwide accounts for over 30 million acres of land use -roughly the size of England - giving the coffee industry a lot of space to either harm or benefit the environment. And for too long, coffee producers unknowingly chose the path of harm.
Today, a new coffee CSA (it's actually called Coffee CSA) debuts as a project from Pachamama, a global cooperative of coffee
How much rainforest can one cup of coffee help preserve? For those who buy coffee grown in the traditional manner, under