Friday, March 24, 2006

Hooray for Cafe!

First, a 2 minute video on the health benefits of coffee.

Next, some information I picked up at the coffee plantation outside of Antigua.

It's a little hard to read, but it says:

The Public Advertiser
May Nineteenth, 1657

Pasqua's Public House
In Bartholomew Lane at the back of the olde exchange
offers a drink newly arrived from Turkey called
& it is being served to the public at ten in the
morning and at three of the clock after noon.

Employers are beseeched to release clerks &
workmen briefly at these hours to partake of this
beverage as it is noted that renewed vigour &
industry more than accommodate for the few
moments away from quills & other labours.

This wholesome drink closes the orifice of the stomach
& fortifies the heat within, helpeth digestion, quicken-
eth the spirits & maketh the heart lightsome.

I really like drinking coffee.

Another interesting thing:

(Click for an enlarged view if this is too hard to read.)

Scott contemplating a coffee tree:

And some depressing statistics about where your money goes when you buy coffee in the US:

For every $1 spent here, only $0.16 goes to the producing country - $0.08 for labor, the rest for the farm and the exporter. The consuming country gets $0.84 - $0.67 for the importer, and the rest for transport and the wholesaler or retailer.

So buy Fair Trade Coffee!

Have a good weekend everyone. Spend a lazy hour with the paper and a cup of coffee.

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