Coffee with Cream--And a Conscience

Does fair trade mean it tastes better? A guide to cause coffees

Choosing the right blend in your local coffee bar just keeps getting more complicated. Now java junkies are faced with terms like organic, shade grown and fair trade. Each of these "cause coffees" usually costs a few dollars more a pound, forcing consumers to balance issues of ecology and politics against their budgets. That can be a difficult task before the first dose of caffeine in the morning. But we're here to help:

--Shade-grown coffee is exactly what it says. Instead of clearing the forest, farmers plant the crop among the forest plants, thus saving the local ecosystem. Shade trees...

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