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Welcome to Badgett's Coffee eJournal
"All the Coffee That's Fit to Print"™
Issue No. 49 October 19, 2001

In This Issue:

1. Welcome
2. Some Words from Our Sponsors
3. Before and After: The Flavoring Debate
4. A Daily Dose of Wisdom from the Rebbe
5. Response from TransFair USA
6. Blend Information Requested
7. News from Songbird Foundation
8. A Great Aggie Story
9. Proud to be an American
10. A Reader’s Observation
11. Links to My Friends
12. Feedback


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2. Some Words From Our Sponsors

PTs Coffee Co.

We have developed a blend of coffee called NYC Blend that we are
selling for $10/lb. And from each pound sold we donate $2 to the
American Red Cross.
Wholesale pricing is available for purchases of 10 lbs or more.
Visit us at

Purchase U.S. flags at and all
profits go to the American Red Cross. This operation is 100%
volunteer and is an opportunity for you to show your support.

The Green Bean Roastery. (
Green coffee for the home roasting enthusiast. Select green
coffee beans are available in 1/2 lb to 10 lb. quantities.
Microroasters contact us for pricing for your partial bag needs.
Donate to the American Red Cross with a convenient link through
PayPal from our home page. May God Bless America!

Custom Imprinted Coffee Mugs
Fast Delivery - Competitive Pricing
For Details Call Doxpress: 800-999-3676

Help us help the families of New York's heroes.
Sacred Grounds will donate 10% of online sales to The New York
Firefighters 9-11 Relief Fund from now through November 1, 2001.
This fund specifically helps the families of the firefighters
who lost their lives in the September 11th disaster. For more
information on this fund or to make a private donation, visit

Sacred Grounds Organic Coffee Roasters
686 F Street
Arcata CA 95521

We have answered Ted Lingle's "Call to Action", by committing to
supply 50 Lbs of the top quality Hawaiian coffee to the
NYC Coffee cares.

The Coffee Store
275 Kaahumanu Avenue
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732
Tel (808)877-0338 * Fax (808)877-8064
Toll Free (800)327-9661

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about
how he felt.......He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves
fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent
one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one." The
grandson asked him, "Which wolf will win the fight in your
heart?" The grandfather answered, "The one I feed." Anon.

3. Before and After: The Flavoring Debate

Among the many variables that contribute to the taste of
specialty coffees, flavorings are perhaps the most
controversial. Many companies offer beans that have been pre-
flavored – rendering many of the original attributes of the
beans indistinguishable from the added flavors. When you
purchase pre-flavored coffees you cannot be sure that,
underneath it all, you have actually received the best beans

Our philosophy, and our recommendation is that if you desire to
flavor your coffee, you should do so with the many quality
syrups that are available. Add these syrups –such as vanilla,
chocolate, mint and others, after the coffee has been brewed and
poured into the cup.

Pre-flavored coffee is made with potent oils, which will
permanently stain your coffee maker. You may find though, that
these syrups are not available in quantities suitable for home
use. Another alternative we would suggest is the use of natural
spices and fruits. Cinnamon, nutmeg, nuts, and even orange zest
can be ground with the beans before brewing. Begin with minute
amounts and then, after trial and error, increase the amounts
incrementally if needed.

However you flavor your coffee, do so gently, so as not to
overwhelm the subtle characteristics that originally appealed to
you. Recognize as well that not all beans tolerate all flavors.
Central American coffees, for example, are generally well
balanced and so are amenable to most added flavorings. Heavier
Indonesian coffees and others of their kind, work best with
stronger flavorings like chocolate or liquors.

Again, be respectful of the beans you buy; don’t drown them in
syrups and spices.

BetterBeans.Com: Our Reason for Be'an

Small coffee roasters are perking up all over the country,
recreating styles and blends which were nearly impossible to
find just a few years ago. The quality of these blends remains
unparalleled by those of the giant coffee companies.

However, it is difficult to experience these wonderfully fresh
roasted coffees because the roasters are scattered all over the
That is until now! BetterBeans.Com is committed to finding the
best coffee roasters in the nation and delivering their coffees
fresh to your door each month. Visit our site at BetterBeans.Com
to learn more about our coffee adventure.
Support your local roaster!

Copyright 2001

“We trust, sir, that God is on our side. It is more important
that we are on God's side." Abraham Lincoln

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


There is no conflict between your work and your time for study,
meditation and prayer. When you are connected above, your work
goes that much smoother.
And when you work honestly, you see miracles with open eyes.

Brought to you by

“War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war
there is no substitute for victory." Gen. Douglas MacArthur

5. Response from TransFair USA

I wanted to respond to your Kona coffee letter from C. Smith of
Smith Farms because the writer seems to need some clarification
about Fair Trade. Yes, Fair Trade specifically focuses on
farmers in the developing world because the model's mission is
to improve the lives of the most marginalized and poorest
farmers by improving the economic viability of small family
farms. This means guaranteeing farmers fair prices, direct
trade, and access to credit. The international Fair Trade
network only certifies cooperatives that are democratically
managed and whose members are primarily small-scale coffee
farmers. The structure of the writer's farm is likely very
different, and the lack of fair wages (as he suggests) is not an
issue. We certainly never claim that coffee farms in Hawaii do
not pay fair wages.

The fact that the writer incorrectly refers to us as the Fair
Trade Association and further calls into question whether the
added value from Fair Trade premiums reaches the individual
farmer suggests he/she is rather misinformed about who we are
and how we work. For the record, our organization is not the
Fair Trade Association, but TransFair USA, the only Fair Trade
certification organization in the US. We are a member of an
international network called Fair Trade Labeling Organizations
International (FLO), which serves as the representative body for
Fair Trade labeling initiatives in 17 different countries, and
oversees the certification system of producer groups for a
growing number of certified products, including coffee, tea, and
cocoa. Fair Trade certification ensures farmers receive a fair
price for their harvest; creates direct trade links to farmers
and their cooperatives; provides access to affordable credit;
and promotes sustainable farming practices. Fair Trade
certification began in Europe in 1988, and consumers there can
now purchase Fair Trade Certified coffee, tea, chocolate,
bananas, sugar, honey and orange juice.

In producing countries, FLO monitors certified cooperatives to
ensure compliance with internationally accepted Fair Trade
criteria, which include ensuring that the member-owners of the
coop are, in fact, receiving fair prices and that additional
Fair Trade premiums are used for community improvements, such as
schools, scholarships, and infrastructure projects. The
certification process has no cost to the producers.

Here in the US, TransFair USA monitors the trade between
licensed US companies and certified producer cooperatives.
TransFair tracks each certified product from the producer group
at origin, to the importer and roaster in consuming countries to
verify that products bearing the Fair Trade Certified label have
been traded according to Fair Trade criteria. Between 1998 and
2000, TransFair's certified companies have helped Fair Trade
farmers to earn an additional $4.5 million dollars than they
would have earned by selling their coffee to local middlemen. In
a desperately low world coffee market like today's, Fair Trade
has played a vital role in helping thousands of small family
farmers hold on to their land, keep their kids in school, and
reinvest in the quality of their farms.

In the future, if any readers have questions about who we are
and how we work, I would hope they would approach us for
clarification (or visit our website) before printing their own

Nina Luttinger, TransFair USA

“The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is.
Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can and
as often as you can, and keep moving on." Ulysses S. Grant

6. Blend Information Requested

Hello!! I'm a small specialty roaster in Erie, Pa. and I
appreciate and love your journal. What I would like to see is
maybe some information from the BIG GUYS concerning different
blends-----I love experimenting with blends, and would find this
information extremely interesting--as I'm sure the home
roasters, and java junkies would. Thanks and have a great day.
Renee Schweitzer

"There is no record in history of a nation that ever gained
anything valuable by being unable to defend itself."
H.L. Mencken

7. News from Songbird Foundation

Current news and change of address

Greetings Friends of Songbird:

The Songbird Foundation is starting the Fall off right with a
wonderful article in an on-line service called ""
that delivers news on good things, of course! Every week the
site is updated and The Songbird Foundation is this week's
feature. Check it out at:

In addition, we have a new office space that provides us with
more room to grow. Our address is: 2367 Eastlake Avenue East,
Seattle, WA 98102. Our phone number remains the same: 206-324-
3674. Please stop by and visit if you are in the neighborhood!

Unfortunately, however, we are continuing to see tremendous
social impacts of dropping coffee prices. A cover page article
in this weekend's "Washington Post" delivers this news:
"A devastating drought and plummeting coffee prices has driven
Nicaragua into one of its worst economic crises in years,
bringing scenes of hunger, malnutrition and misery to its
impoverished countryside." It continues (in part) on page A.17:
"Alfredo Mejia, one of the owners of La Esperanza, a family-
owned coffee processing plant on the outskirts of town, said
coffee grown on the other side of the world has changed
everything here. There is so much coffee in Asia now that it is
being thrown away, ground up for fertilizer or dumped on the
world market. ... At his desk, Mejia has a world map of coffee-
growing regions and a chart marking the steady drop in the price
of coffee in the New York commodity market. 'Increasing our
quality -- not volume -- is the answer. Gourmet, organic coffee
is our future, our hope,' he said. ... Those who are not able to
make the transition are expected to abandon coffee and turn land
over to cattle."

The full article is available at:
Coffee Glut and Drought Hit Nicaragua

This article points to the critical role that we play here in
the states as purchasers of coffee. Please do buy, and encourage
others to buy, sustainable coffees - shade grown, organic,
fairly traded.

Your cup of coffee does make a world of difference.

Best wishes,
Kim Winters, Executive Director

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood."
Gen George S. Patton

8. A Great Aggie Story

Robert’s note: This story has nothing to do with coffee but it
warmed my heart just as a good cup of coffee does so I want to
share it with you. If you would like to see the photo of the
Aggie stadium in red, white and blue, contact me. This story was
sent to me as follows:

The five Aggie students (one from Baytown) that thought of
having all people in the stadium wear either red or white or
blue t-shirts depending on where they sat in the stadium, had a
local t-shirt company make 40,000 t-shirts and sold them for $5
and sold out in 2 days. They had another 40,000 t-shirts made
and sold them all also. They raised $150,000 for the relief
effort of NYFD & NYPD.

Last week at our Baytown Texas A & M Club we decided to send all
5 students to New York to personally deliver the check. We voted
in favor of donating the money for this venture in addition to
another $1,000 for each student to go towards their tuition next
semester as a thank you for their Aggie Spirit from our local

I just received a phone call from the president of the Baytown
Aggie Club. When he phoned Continental Airlines to get the best
priced tickets and told them who and why they were sending these
kids to New York, Continental told him the tickets would be
free. When he called the Hilton Hotel to get rooms for the kids
he was again told they were free. He then called the New York
Police Dept. to find out where the kids should go to deliver the
check and the officer told him to get him the flight info and
the kids would be picked up at the airport and escorted while in
New York.

It is so good to know our young people are patriotic and care
about our country and our brave heroes in NY & DC. We are very
proud of the 4 young men and one lady Aggie!! Gig 'em!!!

“In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be
attended by a bodyguard of lies." Winston Churchill

9. Proud to be an American

My Name is Shelvy Hurley. I work for Keurig Premium Coffee
Systems. The events of Sept. 11 left me completely numb, while I
knew none of the victims personally, I just could not stop
crying. I decided to do something for the cause and set up a
table at my local Giant Foods. Along with my good friend whom
works at Giant, her daughter and my daughter we sold coffee and
lapel pins that we had made for donations to the Red Cross.

I could not believe how generous everyone was- this tragedy has
really united Americans. It was so enlightening to see this but
really sad because it took the bombings to bring it out in all

Needless to say we collected a total of $5,635.00. I am proud
to be an American and proud to have done my part.

I will be contacting the Red Cross to see if I can place one of
my Keurig Brewers and Coffee in the blood donation locations at
no charge.

I believe if everyone does just a little in the end it will add
up to be a lot.

I love your journal- give us more recipes.

“Everyone's quick to blame the alien."
Aeschylus (c. - 456 B.C.E.)

10. A Reader’s Observation


I enjoy getting your journal and appreciate that you aren't in a
position to pay writers. The danger, though, is that you become
dependent on publishing material by people with a commercial
agenda. Generally you do a pretty good job on that score, but
this issue seems particularly heavy on copy by people who are
trying to sell your readers something. I don't have a solution,
but that it is worth noting.

--Richard Reynolds


Thank you very much for taking the time to write.
You are right about the commercialism. I ask (beg) constantly
for non-coffee biz folks to contribute, but I get very few
responses. I charge for ads ($6.50-$10 per issue) but I will run
a free ad when accompanied by an article. I also will run a free
ad for someone who is doing something to help the current
situation. Most times the article is very self serving but
sometimes I get some that are not so obvious and we all get
educated and entertained. I guess it's only natural that folks
who make their living from coffee have the most to say and I
don't really blame them for wanting to promote their business.
I have over 1500 readers and I know many of them have something
to offer. I just haven't been able to hit the right button.


"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." George Orwell

11. 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.

“Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a
soldier." Samuel Johnson

12. 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

ISSN: 1534-4614 - Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA

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