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Coffee Talk: Sustainable Practices in the Coffee Industry

This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk coffee with two leading coffee experts to learn more about the cultivation, trade and regulation of the ubiquitous cup-a-joe.

First, Alex Wise speaks with Rainer Bussmann, the Director of the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden as well as its Curator of Economic Botany. Next, we hear from Ted Howes, who is currently the Global Lead of Energy Domain at design firm IDEO, and previously served as a third-party sustainability auditor for Starbucks.

Read the show transcript

Javatrekker Dean Cycon Traverses the World of Fair Trade Coffee

MudmenDean Cycon has long believed in using business to promote social justice, and Fair Trade is his bailiwick. As founder and CEO of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee, he’s helped small coffee farmers around the world get a fairer price for their product. From Papua New Guinea to Peru, he’s helped farmers build cooperatives and establish educational and health programs for their families. And perhaps most importantly, he’s listened to them — the stories of their lives and their work. He’s put his experiences together in a terrific book called [amazon-product text=”Javatrekker: Dispatches from the World of Fair Trade Coffee” type=”text”]1933392703[/amazon-product], which won a 2008 Gold Medal for best travel book from the online magazine, Independent Publisher.

[amazon-product align=”left”]1933392703[/amazon-product]Dean’s Beans

2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Travel Essays: Javatrekker

Grist post by Eric Hofner of the Orion Grassroots Network: “Grassroots globalization: Dean’s Beans founder on the good effects of trade” (see comments thread about this CWR show)

CWR Headlines

Final Round of WTO Doha Talks Collapse

CWR ViewPoint

Brian Campbell of International Labor Rights Forum comments on the plight of cocoa farmers and workers.

International Labor Rights Forum

Oxfam Slams Starbucks for Opposing Ethiopian Coffee Name Trademarking

Seth Petchers, Oxfam International’s Make Trade Fair campaign coffee lead, discusses how Starbucks opposes Ethiopia’s bid to trademark its renowned regional coffee names–Sidamo, Harrar, and Yirgacheffe.

Dean-Cycon Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company, discusses problems with the trademarking solution, and how appellation (the system by which regional wines such as Champagne and Bordeaux protect their exclusivity) represents a better solution in his mind. He also discusses Fair Trade as an important part of the solution, while also identifying limitations of Fair Trade in achieving truly ethical and sustainable trade.

Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair Starbucks Campaign
Starbucks’ statement on its position regarding Ethiopia
Dean’s Beans
Brand Hypocrisy at Starbucks by Oxford University Professor Douglas Holt