All posts filed under: Coffee

The truth about Kopi Luwak coffee

FNND finds the truth about the worlds most expensive coffee… The civet cat poo coffee (kopi Luwak) – It tastes bad, it’s a stupid idea, it’s a waste of money, and its completely unethical – stop this madness and invest in coffee that is properly produced by a farmer and an agronomist… Kopi Luwak: Cut the Crap! is a social media campaign designed to create sufficient weight of public opinion to lead to the ban on the sale of kopi luwak throughout the world. The campaign targets everyone one involved with the coffee trade, from those who buy a cappuccino on the way to work all the way back to the coffee estate or plantation. Above all, Kopi Luwak: Cut the Crap! is promoting awareness: It believes that if consumers know the truth about the trade, they will probably never buy kopi luwak / boast about it / joke about it or drink it… And certainly no-one would pay the super-premium prices that are demanded for it. Prices that reflect the supposed ‘scarcity’ of the coffee and the ‘difficulty’ collecting it… …

Coffee war! London Vs New York

I suppose it makes sense. In order to afford to live in either London or New York, you clearly have to be awake and working 20 hours a day to earn enough cash to scrape by, so for those in search of legal alternatives to sleep, caffeine is the go-to drug. FNND brings you the facts and figures of London Vs New York. Tassimo came up with it in the form of a good old fashioned infographic:

The Dubai Coffee Museum

Arriving at Dubai’s Creek by Abra (a small wooden boat) is a side to Dubai that is far away from the glitz that is usually associated with the golden city. There is a more authentic and traditional feel – and rightly so.. . Just a stones throw from the Abras is one of Dubai’s heritage hubs, Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai. Here you will find reconstructed traditional Emirati houses in an area dating from the 1890s, where residents originally earned money from pearl diving. But enter inside number 44 and you will make a unique discovery. This is the home of the Dubai Coffee Museum boasting a distinct collection of coffee artifacts and literature, which provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of coffee and its impact on culture in the Middle East and North African regions. This project is the brainchild of Khalid Al Mulla of Easternmen & Co. Khalid grew up as a date farmer in Hatta but he is no stranger to coffee. Coffee was always present in the home and like many Emiratis, coffee …

The rise of coffee in Dubai and the Gulf

‘Coffee continues to provide everlasting fascination. As a subject of exploration, it has more plots, twists and turns than an ‘HBO box set’. As a coffee roaster and Q-grader who learnt the trade in Wellington and London, I (rather foolishly) suspected that I would be stepping into the  ‘café scene from the dark ages’ when deciding to move to the United Arab Emirates… I was wrong… Naively wrong. The Gulf countries have taught me alot about coffee and about the things you can do with coffee that I for one had never heard of: did you know in some parts of Syria they like to put a tiny drop of a sperm whale’s stomach mucus into their brewed coffee? Or that in Saudi they stir in sap from the Mastic tree? The Gulf’s fascination with coffee stretches well back into the bowels of history and it is thought that an Arabic philosopher wrote about coffee in 800 to 900 AD. Whilst some authorities claim that coffee originated from the Arabian Peninsula rather than Ethiopia, stating that …

FNND’s top ten unique coffees

Tired of all those top ten count downs? Bored of the top ten accidents on your facebook feed? Well FNND has kindly offered some expertise into formulating a list of the top ten coffees. 1. Panama Geisha The Geisha has an Ethiopian history, it was brought to Panama in 1963 via Costa Rica. It was a very low yielding species so it was never used by farmers. Now days there is still very few farmers growing it and it is currently fetching $100 per pound, around $7 per cup. The Geisha often displays exquisite acidity and an extraordinary character of often jasmine, honey and fruits. 2. Cup of Excellence The Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious award given to a fine quality coffee. The level of scrutiny that Cup of Excellence coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the coffee industry. All of the Cup of Excellence award winners are cupped at least 5 times (the ‘Top 10’ are cupped again) during the 3-week competition. During this selection process, thousands of cups are evaluated, tasted …