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How much coffee for 30 percolators?

Coffee is a delicious and aromatic drink that is very popular all over the world. Traditionally roasted coffee beans are self-ground in a coffee grinder and cooked in a cezve. This process of preparing a hot drink allows you to preserve maximum taste and aroma, but at the same time, it takes a very long time. A much easier and faster way to brew delicious coffee is to use a coffee machine.

This technological unit successfully replaces cezve, and some models even a coffee grinder. The coffee machine retains all the aroma and rich taste of natural coffee, and anyone can use it without special knowledge and skills. All coffee machines are sold complete with comprehensive instructions that reveal all the capabilities of the device. Despite this, many people...

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Intentieverklaring: in 2025 alleen nog duurzame cacaoconsumptie

Maart 4, 2010 - Vandaag tekenen de belangrijkste spelers uit de Nederlandse cacaosector een intentieverklaring met Minister Verburg van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit (LNV) waarin zij aangeven te streven naar volledig duurzame cacaoconsumptie in 2025. Tien jaar eerder, in 2015 moet al 50% van de Nederlandse cacao duurzaam zijn.

De grootste concurrenten in de cacaosector gaan onder regie van het Initiatief Duurzame Handel samenwerken aan een snelle verduurzaming van de Nederlandse cacaosector. In 2015 moet minimaal 50% van alle cacaobonen die gebruikt worden in cacaoproducten voor de Nederlandse markt gegarandeerd duurzaam zijn; in 2020 gaat het om 80% duurzame cacaoconsumptie in Nederland in 2020; en in 2025 dus om 100%.

Het is voor de eerste keer...

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Ghana boosts cocoa processing output

Ghana boosts cocoa processing output
April 2, 2009 - Ghana's Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) has more than doubled its cocoa bean processing capacity to 64,500 tonnes a year, after completing a five-year rehabilitation and expansion programme.

Reports from Ghana's local press state that at the company's annual general meeting this week the company said the boost in output is in line with plans by the western African country "encourage processing".
One of the two CPC factories grinds beans into semi-finished products such as cocoa liquor, butter, natural and alkalised cake, or powder while the other plant manufacturers confectionery products under the 'Golden Tree' brand.
At 690,000 tonnes, Ghana is the world's number two supplier of cocoa beans behind its...

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Mars Inc. raises the bar on sustainably grown cocoa with commitment to global certification

April 8, 2009 - Mars, Incorporated is proud to be the first global chocolate company to commit to fundamentally changing the way sustainable cocoa farming practices are advanced by aiming to certify its entire cocoa supply as being produced in a sustainable manner, by 2020.
The announcement is the latest milestone in the long-standing cocoa sustainability efforts of Mars, one of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers. For 30 years, Mars has led the chocolate industry in its efforts to achieve sustainable cocoa production, investing well over $10 million in each of the past several years in a wide range of initiatives.
“As a leader in the pursuit of a sustainable global cocoa industry, Mars, Incorporated in line with its Five Principles, is working...

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Meer Fairtrade levensmiddelen in boodschappentas (Dutch only)

Meer Fairtrade levensmiddelen in boodschappentas (Dutch only)
April 3, 2009 - In 2008 kocht 28% van de Nederlandse huishoudens één of meerdere fairtrade levensmiddelen, 740.000 huishoudens meer dan in 2006. Deze groei is met name te danken aan een breder assortiment en een grotere bekendheid van fairtrade producten.

Het merendeel van de huishoudens koopt fairtrade producten uit ideële motieven, maar vindt ook de goede smaak een belangrijk argument. Dit blijkt uit onderzoek van de Nationale Commissie voor Internationale Samenwerking en Duurzame Ontwikkeling (NCDO) in samenwerking met Max Havelaar en Fair Trade Original naar koopgedrag en -motieven bij fairtrade levensmiddelen. De meest verkochte producten zijn koffie-, fruit- en cacaoproducten. De kopersgroep...

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Chocoladeproducent omarmt fairtrade (Dutch only)

Chocoladeproducent omarmt fairtrade (Dutch only)
Juni 13, 2009 - Alle chocolade van Verkade is sinds 2008 'eerlijk'. Cacaoboeren in Ivoorkust profiteren.
'Het was best spannend’, geeft Verkade-directeur Bart Merkus toe. ‘We wilden graag in één keer de overstap naar honderd procent duurzame chocolade maken, maar dat was nooit eerder gedaan...'

'Het zou te moeilijk en te duur zijn, en de aanvoer en kwaliteit oncontroleerbaar. Maar we wisten dat de Nederlandse consument heel positief tegenover ‘faire’ chocola staat. Door de goede samenwerking met Max Havelaar en Oxfam Novib hadden we bovendien het gevoel dat we wisten hoe de chocoladeketen in elkaar zat. Nadat in 2006 de beslissing was genomen, hadden we eind 2008 de zaak rond. Sindsdien is alle chocolade van...

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How To Bottle Cold Brew Coffee

If you’re looking for a delicious way to produce a stunning cup of coffee, you might want to consider making cold brew. There are many ways you can use a cold brew, from making iced coffee to producing hot coffee or drinking it straight. However, before you start brewing, you want to make sure that you have the right ingredients. But with so many types of coffee on the market, it can be hard to know which one you should be using. This ground coffee analysis breaks down the different options, so you’ll know the best one for you. Once you’ve got the coffee, you’ll be able to start the...

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Dutch retail giant introduces a ‘pure & fair’ product line

Dutch retail giant introduces a ‘pure & fair’ product line
May 28, 2009 - Dutch retail market leader Albert Heijn presents its new private label line, named AH pure&fair. This new private label line is a so-called umbrella brand for all AH products categorized as biological, fair trade, sustainable fish and free-range meat

“Consumer research showed that consumers, who want to purchase sustainable products, are often confused by the high amount of logos, certificates and sustainability claims. Because of their uniformity AH pure&fair products will be immediately recognisable to consumers as a responsible choice”, according to AH director Dick Boer.
At the moment AH has about 200 biological and 40 fair trade products under its private label line....

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What Is a Breve Latte?

There is more to coffee than the regular black coffee, espresso, and lattes. In the recent past, the world of coffee has seen new and interesting coffee variants, the latest being breve latte.

It has become one of the most requested types of coffee in our restaurant. Back then there was not much about breve latte and I had a hard time searching for a recipe to use with my latte coffee machine. Fortunately, after many tries, we finally cracked the recipe and it has become a hit.

In this article, we explore the topic of breve lattes, what it is, how to make one, and a whole lot more.
What is a Breve Latte?
The breve latte is also known as breve coffee, Caffe breve, and simply breve....

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Ben & Jerry’s Goes Globally Nuts for Fair Trade

February 18, 2010 - Ben & Jerry’s announces its commitment to go fully Fair Trade across its entire global flavor portfolio. From Cherry Garcia to Chocolate Fudge Brownie, all of the flavors in all of the countries where Ben & Jerry’s is sold will be converted to Fair Trade Certified ingredients by the end of 2013.

Ben & Jerry’s was the first ice cream company in the world to use Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients starting in 2005, and today it’s racing ahead as the first ice cream company to make such a significant commitment to Fair Trade across its global portfolio.

Company co-founder Jerry Greenfield said, ”Fair Trade is about making sure people get their fair share of the pie. The whole concept of Fair Trade goes to the heart of our...

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