The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

By Claire Ptak | December 12, 2015 Work away from any drafts so that the chocolate does not Set prematurely. Photograph: Kristin Perers for the Guardian In recent years many bean‑to-bar chocolate manufacturers have come to market making beautiful chocolates with even more beautiful packaging. It’s fun to just buy a selection of bars and tear them open at the table after dinner, tasting and chatting about the nuance of flavour with …

GO CUBES are the future of coffee 

By Melia Robinson | October 30, 2015 GO CUBES could be the future of coffee – Nootrobox Imagine if, instead of rolling out of bed to brew a pot of coffee, you could quickly pop a sugar-coated, caffeine-infused gummy into your mouth to get moving. Nootrobox, a hot startup out of Silicon Valley once dubbed the Birchbox of cognitive enhancers, has Set out to make “chewable coffee” a reality. Its Go Cubes are made with real …

Building profits from black gold: the success of the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union

… low farm-gate prices. Setting a new agenda What producers have needed is a reliable market that offers a good, steady price for coffee beans. The Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union, founded in 1999, has provided just that. Operating in the Oromia Regional State, which accounts for around two-thirds of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing land, the union was Set up by 34 primary coffee cooperatives. Initially, it had a membership of 22,503 smallholder households growing coffee on around 46,000 …

Used coffee grounds provide business opportunity for mushroom moguls – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… now divert that away from landfill, grow local food, grow oyster mushrooms which is healthy,” he said. The two would-be mushroom moguls Set up “Life Cykel”, with a view to create more local jobs and food in sustainable way. They estimate there are about 150 coffee houses in the larger Fremantle area, with an average coffee ground production of 30 kilograms per week. This waste results in around six tons of used coffee beans going to landfill each week and reaching up to 300 …