Coffee

The Specialty Coffee Association of the Americas conference in Seattle this week is all about improving the experiences of coffee consumers. But some participants are looking at how it can improve the lot of growers too. (Photo courtesy SCAA)

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A giant coffee conference held in Seattle this week will include local efforts to help coffee farmers escape poverty.

The coffee at Cortona Café is good and strong. Shop owner, Ice, will wake you up with a hot cup while a catchy mix of music gets your foot tapping long before the caffeine-induced jitters catch up (Photo by Brie Ripley).

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“This is a place where people build relationships” Central District resident Amanda Predmore says of Cortona Café “It’s one of the most intimate cafés in the city.”

(Photo by Brett Konen)

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How the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere is recovering from disaster — with a little help from Seattle.

Carlos Salmeron (left) prepares an espresso drink at his new coffee house, Ventoux Roasters, in Bryant, Seattle. (Photo by Janelle Retka)

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Seattle has a reputation as a city coated with endless corners of coffee shops devoted to fair trade bean sources.

Lee Robinson shows off freshly roasted beans from the Ometepe Island in Nicaragua. (Photo by Hannah Myrick)

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What started as a Reagan-era political protest has grown into a thirty year relationship driven by the Northwest's love of coffee.