New Goals Announced for The Sustainable Coffee Challenge

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, which includes many of the world’s biggest brands, trading and roasting companies, announced a wide sweeping and ambitious set of climate and labor related goals aimed at making the coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural project.

Some specifics include the removal of 1.5 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. This would be done by making existing coffee farmland more sustainable. Some targets for 2025 include some green initiatives and labor goals such as protecting workers’ rights and to generally make coffee farming more prosperous.

The new goals from the Sustainable Coffee Challenge come from its celebration of the organizations first five years. They are managed by Conservation International, a sustainability nonprofit, and are funded by Starbucks. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge includes now 158 partners the encompass all parts of the coffee industry from trading companies, to roasters, government organizations, producer groups, membership associations, retail and others.

This announcement makes real a selection of different goals that are now more tangible than five years ago.

 

Frida Kahlo x Amor Perfecto Coffee Special Edition Coffee

A new pairing between the Frida Kahlo Corporation and Bogota, Colombia roaster Amor Perfecto come together to raise awareness about women coffee farmers by combining one of the world’s most recognizable female faces with one of the most popular beverages on earth.

The Frida Kahlo X Amor Perfecto Limited Edition coffee run (that shipped in November) shows off the work of award winning and women-owned and operated farms from which Amor Perfecto gets its coffee. The packaging features some of Kahlo’s self portraits as well as other iconic imagery from her paintings.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation approached Amor Perfecto as they were in search of a coffee that was worthy of Kahlo’s status as a feminist and artistic icon.

Amor Perfecto has sourced approximately half its coffee from women farmers in Colombia. The company called them pillars of their communities and that they produce some of the best coffee in the world. Amor Perfecto saw this as the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and give power to these women farmers’ voices.

The project was inspired by the fact that while Kahlo is best known as an artist and activist she was also a known coffee lover.

 

Dunkin’ Donuts Partners With Homesick to Make Special Holiday Candles

File this one under things weird things you never knew you needed. If you’ve got any Dunkin’ Donuts devotees on your shopping list, pay attention. By popular demand Homesick lifestyle brand and Dunkin’ have collaborate to release a limited release candle that smells like some of Dunkin’s classic coffee blends and treats.

“Flavors” include the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Original Blend and favorites like Old Fashioned Donut. The candles have notes of chocolate and caramel or nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, respectively.

The candles can be had for $34 as they are or for another $15 can come with personalized message printed on the jar.

Outside of fragrance based industries some may not be aware of the power of smell. It is more closely linked to memory than any of the other five senses. Dunkin and Homesick hope to reproducing happy memories for their candle customers. Especially considering how many will have very different holiday plans this year.

 

Coffee Leaf Rust Discovered in Hawaii

A disease known has coffee leaf rust or CLR has been discovered on the Big Island, Hawaii and the state’s largest coffee production island. The disease is known to bring coffee production to a halt.

This has been confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture National Identification Services. It is a fungal disease, known officially as Hemileia Vastarix. Samples were collected by a coffee grower near Holualoa, South of Kailua-Kona.

This discovery comes just two weeks after coffee leaf rust was discovered for the very first time in Hawaii. The first discovery was made on a coffee farm on Muai. State agricultural officials have not yet discovered CLR on any of the other Hawaiian islands.

While panic is undue the discovery of leaf rust on multiple Hawaiian Islands, especially in the Kona growing region which produces the states largest amount of coffee does present a clear threat to Hawaiian coffee production as the disease is known to spread quickly and to wreak havoc on coffee crops.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookie

Your favorite fall treat, a pumpkin spice latte, but in cookie form!

 

Ingredients

 

3 cups white whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 (15 ounce) can unseasoned pumpkin puree

2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup grapeseed or canola oil

3 tablespoons milk, divided

1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice plus 1 teaspoon, divided

3 teaspoons instant espresso powder, divided

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine (whisking) flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Combine eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar and oil in a stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer until well mixed. Add 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, 2 teaspoons espresso powder and vanilla and mix until well mixed. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, mixing until just combined after each additional ingredient.

Use 2 tablespoons per cookie. Drop rounds of the dough onto the prepared pans. 2 inches apart. Bake cookies until firm and dry to touch. About 13 minutes. Let cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Then move to a cooling rack to cool completely. About 20 minutes.

Mix cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth. Add the leftover 1 tablespoon milk and 1 teaspoon each pumpkin pie spice and espresso powder in a small bowl; beat until combined, about 30 seconds. Spread the frosting on the cookies.