The woman who built a coffee empire from a small town – BBC News

… their base in the tiny town of Invermere in British Columbia’s Rocky mountains. They didn’t have any cardboard boxes to pack the coffee in, so they scoured the town’s lone back alley for any they could use. When they’d finally taped the package shut, they took it to Skinny’s Shoe Repair – the spot where the Greyhound buses stopped in Invermere – and put it on a bus to its destination. That was in 1996. Since then, Kicking Horse Coffee has become one of …

Queenstown: Chocolate coated fun – Travel – NZ Herald News

By Delaney Mes | December 6, 2015 As well as the scenery, Queenstown now boasts the best hot chocolate in the world, finds Delaney Mes. Queenstown’s spectacular scenery and snow-covered mountains make it the ultimate winter destination. But there is so much more, especially when the weather is sizzling rather than severe. With an array of fabulous wineries, great cafes, and picturesque scenery featuring mountains and lakes, there is a lot to love. And right now, it’s something that …

Brazilian farmers wake up to their own specialist coffee – BBC News

By Daniel Gallas, BBC South America Business Correspondent, Brazil | October 2, 2015 Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee beans As soon as the sun rises in the Caparao mountains in southeast Brazil, Tarcisio Lacerda takes me on a tour of his property. We drive up the hills in his pickup truck to see farmers harvest the coffee beans in the vast valley around us. Coffee has been the economic backbone of this region – …

The Best Coffee—and Wildlife Habitat—Is Made in the Shade | TakePart

… bird-habitat-friendly coffee, studied extensively by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. But they’re not the only winged creatures making their home amid the shade of coffee plantations. In a new study, researchers from the University of Leeds found that bats are flourishing among the coffee farms in India’s Western Ghats, a 1,000-mile ribbon of mountains that runs down the western side of the subcontinent. It’s one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and also has the highest …

Brewing success: Global tea sales surge – CCTV News – CCTV.com English

… prosperity has come from the scrubby tea trees that blanket the mountains. For outsiders, the business of exporting tea seems pretty straight-forward: you grow the leaves, process them, then pack and send, as long as you can keep one thing right—satisfying the tastes of customers who are thousands of miles away. Unlike our ancestors, Chinese tea exporters now have to follow much stricter rules and meet rising quality standards. International customers want to know where their drinks come from. …