on coffee.: Rikers Island Coffee Program, The Coffee Farmer App at CES, Issa Rae’s Hilltop.

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two guards talking at Ben Thanh Market, Bangkok, Thailand

1.”The barista program (it’s unpaid at Rikers) and a handful of others like it nationwide give inmates a new set of professional skills and a way to pass the time, but they also reflect a growing theory in the criminal justice system that the $88 billion coffee industry can soften the blow of incarceration and provide a critical link to employment.” New York Times

2. “Single-origin coffee tastes good, sure, and is even better when it supports farmers and communities, promotes sustainable growing practices, and pushes back against the tide of big agro.

You know what else is good? The coffee from my bodega.” The Week

3. At CES 2020, IBM and Farmer Connectannounced a new app that uses blockchain to connect coffee drinkers with the farmers who grow the beans. … validating where these beans come from, Behrends believes, “Consumers now can play an active role in sustainability governance by supporting coffee farmers in developing nations.” Tech Republic

4. “Maybe you see a coat when all you wanted was a cappuccino; maybe you go to your local coffee spot, and one day, you need a new desk.” New York Times

5. “After decades of indifference toward coffee, I now suddenly find myself caring about the stuff. A lot.” Food and Wine

6. The partnership between (Issa) Rae and the creators ( of Hilltop) can be attributed to Rae’s desires to open a coffee shop in her own neighborhood. LA Sentinel