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Welcome to Badgett's Coffee eJournal
"All the Coffee That's Fit to Print"
Volume 1, No. 25 - November 10, 2000

In This Issue:

1. Welcome
2. Some Words from Our Sponsors
3. Nearly 11 million coffee trees added in Ethiopia
4. A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
5. Free Kona Coffee Seeds
6. Can You Identify This Coffee Antique?
7. A Little Humor
8. A Nod's as Good as a Wink To a Blind Horse by Lance Davis
9. Homemade "Frappachino"
10. ACPC okays coffee plan
11. Calling All Coffee Newsletters
12. Links to My Friends
13. Feedback


1. Welcome

Welcome, my friends, and thank you for subscribing.

Wow, what an exciting week this has been! I've never seen
anything like it. I enjoyed Costa Rica Tarrazu, Colombian Mesa
de los Santos, Kenya AA, Nicaragua Segovia, and Panama Boquete
and they were all wonderful. My mouth is just not as
sophisticated as it should be because I loved them all. Now does
that make for an exciting week or what?

If I were to be given only one coffee for the rest of my life,
it would take the rest of my life to choose which one. Which one
would you choose, if you could only have one? Let me know and
I'll report the results if enough of you send your choice.

I need some good suggestions on blending coffees. If you have
some favorites, please share them with our readers. Give as much
detail as you can, such as country of origin, roasting tips, and
blend proportions. Send your suggestions on blending and I'll
publish so we can all enjoy your methods.

The last installment of the Talboy vs Davis argument is in this
issue. They both presented their viewpoints well and I hope you
enjoyed them as much as I did. Thank you Gary and Lance for
sharing your thoughts with us.

If you would like past issues, please contact me. I will publish
a past issues listing of contents next week so you can see what
you have missed in some of the early issues.

My goal with this journal is to promote good coffee. I want to
learn, educate, and entertain. I publish every Friday via email
and readers include coffee consumers, home roasters, coffee
geeks, retailers, growers, roasters, and equipment dealers. If
you want to learn more about our most wonderful beverage, this
is the place. I don't sell anything and subscription is free.

If you want to advertise here or submit an article, contact me.
I don't charge for ads, links, or advice. My deadline for ads
and articles is Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., Eastern (USA).

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"Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful
can enter except by your permission." Arnold Bennett

3. Nearly 11 million coffee trees added in Ethiopia

Thursday, October 26, 2000
The agriculture bureau in the Southern Nations Nationalities and
Peoples Regional state says over 10.7 million coffee seedlings
have been transplanted in the state during the current Ethiopian
production season.

Coffee senior expert with the bureau, Teshome Menjure, told ENA
that the coffee seedlings, prepared by the extension and regular
programmes as well as associations and individuals, have been
planted on over 2,300 hectares of land.
He said the various species of the seedlings were proved to be
disease resistant and suitable for the region's weather

Some 175,000 hectares of land in the region was covered with
coffee plants, he said, adding that coffee growing zones supply
annually about 100,000 tonnes of washed and unwashed coffee to
the central market.


4. A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
-Words and condensation by Tzvi Freeman

Incessantly Better

When the Divine Light began to focus and contract, descending
level after level, it did so to bring forth a world of
continuous ascent.

Since that very beginning, not a day has passed that does not
transcend its yesterday.

Like a mighty river that flows to reach its source, no dam can
hold it back; no ship can struggle against its current. If in
our journey downstream we appear to retrogress, to take a wrong
turn, to lose a day in failure, it is only because we have no
map to know its way. We see from within, but the river knows its
path from above.

Of one thing we have been given mastery, however: Not of our
ultimate destiny, not even of the direction of our incessant
flow, but of our journey. How soon will we arrive? How complete?
How fulfilled?

Brought to you by

"No social system will bring us happiness, health and prosperity
unless it is inspired by something greater than materialism."
Clement R. Atlee

5. Free Kona Coffee Seeds

If you missed our offer, I still have some seeds left, so please
contact me and ask for Issue #20. It has instructions for
ordering your seeds and for growing them into you own mini
coffee plantation.

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by
the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles
which he has overcome while trying to succeed."
Booker T. Washington

6. Can You Identify This Coffee Antique?

I found a 48 gal. wooden barrel buried in the sand. It says
"David Evans Coffee Co. fermented corn sugar vinegar."

Any info on this company, date in business, etc. would be
appreciated. My guess is it fell off a steam boat in the 1800'S.

Thank you,

"There are some who only employ words for the purpose of
disguising their thoughts." Voltaire

7. A Little Humor

A man observed a sign in the window of a restaurant that read
"Unique Breakfast", so he walked in and sat down.

The waitress brought him his coffee and asked him what he

"What's your 'Unique Breakfast'?" he asked inquisitively.

"Baked tongue of chicken," she replied proudly.

"Baked tongue of chicken? Do you have ANY idea how disgusting
that is? I would never even consider eating anything that came
out of a chicken's mouth!" the man fumed.

Undaunted, the waitress asked, "Well, what would you like then,

The man replied, "Just bring me some scrambled eggs."

"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or
predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." William Faulkner

8. A Nod's as Good as a Wink To a Blind Horse by Lance Davis

Rebuttal to Gary Talboy

First of all, as far as the coffee industry goes, I defer to
your experience in the field. Your criticism of the writer of
that original piece may have been based on legitimate concerns.
I am in no position to judge such things, you are, end of story.

That being said, your smug condescension directed at both me and
the writer himself does not disguise the fact that I exposed
your basic beliefs for the sham that they are. What does loving
coffee and the people in it have to do with probing the dismal
failures of modern capitalism? Everything, actually. You see,
Gary, I wouldn't exactly say that I love people -which is your
deliberately vague solution - it's just that I'm choosing to
defend those who have no defense: Third World peasants.

You're choosing to defend a willfully and arrogantly destructive
philosophy (and system) that embraces nothing beyond self-
interest; an Ayn Randian vision of society in which the lowest
members of the social order exist only to serf their masters. A
convenient worldview, to say the least, for it relieves you of
the responsibility of examining your role in the peasant's

Therefore, when you suggest that I "hover cynically at high
altitude," you unwittingly expose yourself as a (possibly
uneducated) hypocrite.

Your rebuttal to me was overflowing with the blase,
unenlightened cynicism that has become endemic in this country.
For example, you dismissively suggest that I should learn to be
positive and constructive in my approach. First of all, my
approach is remarkably positive, just not for people with your
mindset. Second of all, if you are actually suggesting that I
failed to construct an argument, you are empirically wrong. I
may have been factually inaccurate - I wasn't - but my argument
was clearly thought out and presented. The only thing missing
were footnotes. Therefore, when you say, "If you truly love
truth you will learn to deal in specifics instead of broad
generalities," you are not only engaging in the sort of cynicism
of which you accuse me - without any awareness that you are
doing so, of course - but also exposing yourself as someone who
hasn't the foggiest notion of intellectual rigor and
scholarship. Plainly said, you have no intellectual retort
against my argument because there isn't one.

You can only cower behind a defense of the "industry" you claim
to love, which is double-speak for "yourself." Like a politician
who counters suggestions that the system is crumbling with half-
hearted paeans to "love," you not only have a barely veiled
disdain for people who think like me, but people in general.

I will end this successful rebuttal with a metaphor I like to
use - particularly apt in this case. A child gets properly
socialized by learning its limits. "No, don't touch that it's
hot." "You can't walk across the street yet, it's dangerous."
"Don't take candy from strangers." Ad nauseum. The child's
natural instinct is to want everything, but he or she must learn
the value of the word, "No." The parent teaches the child the
value of "No" because the parent loves the child. But, looked at
through a wider lens, in order for the child to grow up healthy,
the child needs to learn to sacrifice its basic instincts
because the overall health of the community is at stake.

After all, what kind of community is it in which every child
gets everything it wants? Well, quite frankly, it's called
America. A generation of spoiled children has raised a
generation of even more spoiled children, which has resulted in
the dysfunction of our political and social order. Too many
Americans have an arrogant sense of entitlement, a misguided
belief that they owe nothing to their communities - in the
largest sense, America herself - and yet, deserve everything
they want. Like millions of Americans, Gary, you think you have
earned the right to be selfish and greedy because you have never
learned the value of the word, "No." And, like millions of
Americans, you rationalize your selfishness and greed with a
hateful (and profoundly hurtful) philosophy. Ours is a culture
fully prepared to plunge into deep, deep, doo-doo, and people
like me are alienated for having the guts to point it out.

Unfortunately, as long as the Gary Talboys of the world stay in
charge - and insist that the emperor is fully clothed, so to
speak - we are doomed. "America: Love it or leave it," the old
saying goes. Well, I've proven I love this country because I
understand that it needs to hear "No." Are you prepared to leave


P.S. - Using God as a prop is not only cynical, I'm pretty sure
it's a sin.

"No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or
religion, without controversy." Lyman Beecher

9. Homemade "Frappachino"

For homemade "frappachino", I like putting 2 scoops of coffee
grounds into a 6-cup stovetop espresso maker. Prepare espresso
and pour it into a small bowl and mix with 3 tablespoons sugar.

Pour the sweetened espresso into a quart of milk and

Amounts will vary to taste. This is a delicious thing to have
on hand.

It tastes fresher and costs less than the jars at the
convenience store.
Kids drink it like chocolate milk and it has a lot less sugar.


"Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find
in others, and to overlook in himself." Dr. Samuel Johnson

10. ACPC okays coffee plan

Thursday, October 26, 2000
The leading world coffee producers' group said it had reached
agreement on withholding 20 percent of exportable beans from the
market to boost sagging global prices.

Leaders of the 14-member Association of Coffee Producing
Countries (ACPC) said the scheme, set for launch on Sunday, had
drawn the full support of its members and five non-members,
including top Asian producers whose support had wavered.

"A decision was approved by unanimity that the retention plan
starts on October 1," ACPC Chairman Sergio Amaral told reporters
following the meeting. The agreement means each nation is
required to retain 20% of its exportable beans between October 1
and January 31, although Asian nations may begin withholding
beans later than others.

Amaral said countries would be monitored on a monthly basis,
although there would be some degree of "flexibility" within the
scheme, with countries allowed to "catch up" at a later date if
He also admitted that retention was not the ultimate remedy for
low coffee prices. Traders and analysts have often criticized
producer countries for not tackling the underlying problem of

"We all know retention is not the solution, but we have to work
on a medium-term strategy...retention is a provisional method
and a bridge until producer countries can take more effective
measures," Amaral told reporters.

ACPC leaders were optimistic for the talks throughout the day
although Indonesia earlier said it had pulled out of the pact
and Vietnam said it hadn't made up its mind yet and its
agriculture ministry was too busy to go to the London meeting.
Indonesia said it would not join the scheme because Vietnam was
not taking part, but added that it would reconsider if Vietnam
and India joined in. Indonesia had argued Vietnam's output was
twice its own, making Hanoi's participation essential for the
plan's success.

Amaral said it was very important that the three Asian producers
comply with the retention plan on an equal basis and that each
country had pledged the amount it was prepared to store.

He gave details only for Vietnam, who will hold back 35,000
tonnes of coffee by January 31, 2001. The ACPC in May agreed to
hold back 20% of exportable coffee from world markets until an
indicator price reached 95 cents. The official start date was
set for October 1.

"A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it's
too late to let her know that he sees it." William Dean Howells

11. Calling All Coffee Newsletters

Please do our readers and me a favor and send me links to all
the coffee newsletters you know about.
Send the links to:

Café Campesino

The Coffee Chronicle

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African Coffee Newsletter Weekly
Coffee Chronicle TM

"Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving
them." Aristotle

12. Links to My Friends

Visit the links page on our website to get the latest links to
both coffee related and unrelated sites of interest. Check it
out. You might find some old friends and make some new ones.

"It is better to stir up a question without deciding it than to
decide it without stirring it up." Joseph Joubert

13. Feedback

Tell me what you think. What do you want more of..less of...what
would you change, add, or delete?

Please direct all inquiries, comments, article submissions and
suggestions to: Robert Badgett

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