Posts Tagged "Haiti"

Roasting in New York

Posted by on Aug 5, 2012 | 0 comments

Roasting in New York

This summer has hit record high temperatures all over the U.S., and New York is no exception–so it seem like the wrong time to experiment in the kitchen with new cooking techniques that require a hot oven. (On the positive side, the oven preheats quickly when the air in my kitchen is already a hundred degrees.) Still, a little sweat can’t stop me when I’m on a mission, and for me, coffee is a mission. Molly from Singing Rooster is responsible for it. I’ve been buying green beans from her for a while now and playing with different home roasting techniques. She recently...

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Small farmers, Monsanto, and recent trends in transgenic crops

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 | 1 comment

Small farmers, Monsanto, and recent trends in transgenic crops

Manhattan seems an odd place for a protest by North America’s small farmers. But they were up in arms earlier this week, silently protesting in Foley Square that they’re unable to keep genetically modified, or “transgenic,” crops from their fields. The big issue is pollen drift from other farms. Wind carries pollen from crops like alfalfa, corn, and grass into neighboring fields, where it fertilizes the next generation of seed with the modified genes. Organic farmers and small farmers who don’t trust transgenic seed (which has been linked to herbicide resistance...

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Move over, Juan Valdez…

Posted by on Dec 1, 2011 | 0 comments

Move over, Juan Valdez…

I was invited to attend a coffee summit in Haiti last week, where people from all over the country and every part of the sector came together—from farmers and coops to speculators and processors to buyers and roasters—to see if we could figure out how to restore Haitian coffee exports to the levels they were before the 1980s. To make it clear what this was all about, I should give a brief history lesson. Coffee arrived in Haiti in 1727, planted by French colonists, and within 50 years the country was producing 77 million pounds of it a year–or 40% of the world’s supply. Soon...

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