Billions of coffee beans make it into our cups each year. Coffee is the second most valuable commodity only behind petroleum, and the industry employs more than 25 million people worldwide.
With any industry that touches so many people, it’s impossible to reap benefits without also being exposed to disadvantages. It’s no secret that many coffee farmers and workers around the world are exposed to terrible working conditions and unfair pay. The Fair Trade movement made great progress in shedding light on the injustices so many people in the coffee industry face. But there’s another disastrous byproduct of the industry that most people aren’t talking about…until now.
Coffee beans grow in fruit pods up in trees. They’re removed from their pods and sold so we can make our daily cup of ‘jo, but the pods are discarded. This leaves 1.5 million cubic feet of waste, which usually ends up in streams.
Luckily, someone right here in Washington identified this economic and ecological problem and came up with a solution: turn it into the world’s next super food and revolutionize not only the coffee farming industry, but also the nutrition of people in developing countries.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with the founder of the company that’s taking the coffee industry by storm and the chocolate company he’s working with to make this super food the next household staple.
When I travel, it’s all about the eats. I rarely care about the tourist spots or local attractions. Rather, I make obsessive Google Maps of where I’m going to eat and the nearby local shops I can peruse between meals.
If you’re like me and base all your travel plans around your gut, then you’re going to appreciate this foodie travel guide to Victoria, BC. You’ll find a list of what to eat and things worth seeing (or drinking) between meals.
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If you got part one of our May events calendar that went out via our newsletter last week, you know the horrible truth about May. It’s full of crazy awesome events…but most of them fall on the same day. What kind of cruelty is this?
We’re all going to be faced with some tough decisions this month. To help make it a bit easier, I’ve curated three of the best events happening in Seattle this Saturday. All you have to do is decide if you want to oyster, beer, or treasure this weekend.
I’m writing this Weekend Wandering post from San Francisco, where I’ve been gorging myself with delicious food and drinks. It’s been go-go-go and I’m utterly exhausted. So though I love traveling, I’ve been counting down the hours until I get back to Seattle.
I’m beyond excited that this weekend has a lot of fun events…almost like Seattle is welcoming me back home. In preparation for the May event calendar dropping in your inbox on Friday, I rounded up four Seattle events that I’m super excited about.
My family and I visited the Hama Hama oyster farm in Lilliwaup, Washington for one of their Farm Day events a few weeks ago. For a few weekends out of the year, they open up their beaches for oyster and clam foraging. It’s an amazing deal because 1) you don’t need a license, 2) the clams and oysters are cheaper than you’d ever get in the store, and 3) you’re making memories foraging for your own food.
We ended up taking 90 pounds of oysters home that weekend. I created this easy oyster recipe to let the big, meatier oysters shine. They’re grilled and served with cilantro-curry and miso butters for dipping. Read on for the recipe and a look at what it was like foraging for Hama Hama oysters.