Coffee

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Having a foreign-sounding name in Seattle can be difficult in many different ways — from the casual to the substantial.

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.

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Fewer countries offer a better buffet for the traveling chowhound than China, and Beijing is one of the best eating cities in the world.

Todd Carmicael, host of Dangerous Grounds (Photo courtesy Travel Channel)

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Five questions for Todd Carmichael, globe-trotting Seattle coffee CEO turned reality TV star.  These days it’s not too hard to figure out where your cup...

(Photo by Brett Konen)

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A guide to the diverse international coffee scene that often flies below our over-caffeinated radar.  Starbucks may have made “quad venti breve latte” a part...

Cherries from a Coffee arabica plant, before the seeds are removed, dried and roasted. (Photo by Rodrigo via Flickr)

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After a century as a flagship industry, Colombian coffee growers have fallen on hard times, driven by free trade agreements, the global financial crisis...

A volunteer handed out food from the patio of the Taksim Square Starbucks in Istanbul, Turkey last week. (Photo by Christan Leonard)

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Starbucks has long been a target of anti-corporate protests. But one store on Istanbul's Taksim Square has quietly given aid to Turkish protestors. The anti-government...

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The pace at Cafe de Lion is slow — a very deliberate slow that's now as rare in Seattle as it is in Japan, where owner Daisuke...

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It wasn’t until I moved away from Seattle for the first time that I realized not everyone in the world becomes a coffee junkie...