Posts Tagged ‘Well Being’

Something to Savor and Think About

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I got this movie this morning.

It’s worth your time.  Especially if the coffee is KMO Coffee.

Click this image to view the video:

Espresso Cafe Milano by Kaffe Magnum Opus

Life is Like Coffee

What’s this Fair Trade Stuff All About?

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

FT_Logo_webOctober is Fair-Trade month and is a perfect time to take a look at offering Fair-Trade Certified coffees to your customers. In the spirit of the month, we’re introducing a 3-part blog on Fair-Trade Certified coffees and how they matter to you and your business.

What’s this Fair-Trade stuff all about?

Talking about Fair-Trade Certified coffees can become very confusing, very quickly. What exactly is Fair-Trade Certified? What about Free Trade or Fairly Traded or even Direct Trade? What’s the difference, if they’re not all the same thing?

  • Free Trade is an entirely different animal that you’d be hard-pressed to find any non-politically biased information on. In its most basic form, Free Trade is a trade policy that allows traders to act and trade without interference from the government. This means there are no certifying agencies and middleman regulated tariffs or taxes. There are no checks and balances, no one to watch where monies are going or how it is spent. There’s no standard on who decides or defines what “free trade” is.
  • Direct Trade & Fairly Traded are very similar. The principles of Fair-Trade Certified are somewhat represented. Coffee roasters purchase direct from farmers without utilizing middlemen or any outside certification. The roasters create the standards and determine what is fair. However, most of the standards are not across the board and can differ from coffee region to coffee region. There is an overall, albeit flexible, approach to labor and environmental issues. The main concern tends to be for the economic sustainability of all parties involved. The biggest difference is the lack of a 3rd party organization, like TransFair USA. This means that the only people making sure the practices are Direct or Fair are the roasters themselves. The question that remains is whether or not consumers feel able to trust an individual business’ judgment, over an independent 3rd party organization, dedicated to assure criterias are met with an unbiased agenda.
  • Fair-Trade Certified coffee is an organized social movement and economic-based approach that aspires to help producers in developing countries promote sustainability by paying close attention to the details in trade and cutting out the middle man.

    This means that:

    • The farmers are being paid fairly for their work
    • The living and working conditions are safer
    • The producers have direct access to international markets, thereby cutting out the middle man and extra costs
    • And there is an independent organization that is making sure these guidelines are met.
  • Fair-Trade Certified also has a very specific vision for the health and well-being of the farmers. Certification, which is received from independent 3rd party organizations, makes sure that working conditions are safe, that child labor is not happening and that money is being put back into these impoverished coffee producing communities to stimulate growth out of poverty.

Coffee Farmers Picking Cherries from Trees

In today’s society of social responsibility our cars are becoming gas sippers as opposed to gas guzzlers, our papers and plastics are becoming more recyclable and our homes are becoming greener. It’s fashionable to care about more than just what affects us and us alone. Fair-Trade Certified has been on the rise for the past decade or so and fits perfectly in with the idea to be more socially conscious and aware of the impact we have with our choices and money.

In addition to the social responsibility, there’s also the health aspect. With the world searching for ways to lead a healthy and long life, the organic market keeps growing and growing. Currently, according to TransFair USA, 60% of Fair-Trade Certified certified coffees in the U.S. are also certified organic.

100% of Kaffe Magnum Opus’s Fair-Trade Certified coffees are certified Organic.

Stay tuned for Vol. II — Am I made for Fair-Trade Certified?

Perk It Up Before Pumpin' it Up

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Trying to be a healthy almost 50 something, I try my best to eat properly, get to bed at a decent hour, and  exercise several times a week.

But based on the April 6th article in the Colorado Daily Newspaper titled Research: Drink coffee before exercising I may be able to cut down on my trips to the gym. At best the old expression “No Pain, No Gain” may no longer apply if I exchange my water jug for a extra large cup of my favorite Joe.  I am wondering how running on the treadmill and drinking piping hot coffee is going to work out….

This article does provide a nice marketing opportunity.  Taking the time to scribe cleverly a promotional piece that can be used as a handout or bulletin board flyer.  Get out and do some leg work; introduce yourself to local gym owners and personal trainers and share this information with them.  Use it to promote the positive effects that coffee has for those who exercise or participate in weekend warrior activities.

Make sure that the promotional piece is well-branded, complete with pertinent contact information and directions.  ”Reduce Muscle Soreness Now, Come to Joe’s Jumpin’ Java Cafe for the Solution” or “NO Pain with Joe!” could be a headline for the flyer…

The main point is creating a ”call to action” that will entice the targeted gym audience to stop by the coffeehouse before or after their work-out.  The downside is that you may have to begin carrying some healthy snack alternatives, the upside is a new set of customers coming to your shop and bigger biceps from lifting all the new money out of the register at the end of the day.

The article sheds light on the reduction of pain associated with working out.  “Scientists at the University of Georgia reported as far back as 2003 that caffeine reduces muscle pain during exercise. Their study, involving muscle pain during cycling, found that riders reported substantially less pain after taking a caffeine pill rather than a placebo tablet.”

It goes on further to note the findings of “Robert Moti, a former competitive cyclist and now physical performance and health professor at the University of Illinois-Champaign.  He reports that caffeine indeed works on a nerve signal processing system in the brain and spinal cord linked to pain.”

“Moti started out studying possible links between caffeine intake, spinal reflexes and physical activity, but his most recent work looks at the effect of caffeine on muscle pain during high-intensity exercise.”  For the complete article “click here”.

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