How To Make A Knock Box

When a friend of mine found a La Pavoni at a garage sale and gifted it to me on my birthday, I took some birthday cash and headed straight out to pick up some espresso swag. I had to have a burr grinder, a tamper and a frothing pitcher. Then I stared at the knock boxes and couldn't do it. I could justify everything else, but dropping another $30-$50 on a knock box seemed like an insult. I'm not sure why. I suppose I just thought I could knock out the burning hot espresso grounds into the sink, garbage, etc. 

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Can a Locavore Eat Chocolate, Coffee and Bananas with a Clear Conscience?

Chances are, if you’re a regular visitor to this web site, you proudly support the mission of local, sustainable farms: you’re a member of your neighborhood food co-op; you shop at farmers markets; you subscribe to a regular CSA delivery; you spend your Saturdays crop-mobbing; and you eat in restaurants that are similarly committed to supporting local farmers.

Pat yourself on the back. You’re an informed and conscientious locavore – and darn proud of it. You care about your food’s origin, its environmental impact, and its connection to the community.

So, tell me: Is it possible to honor these values if you eat food that’s not grown within a 100-mile radius, maybe even a 1,000-mile radius, of where you live? Are you able to eat bananas, grapes and chocolate, and drink coffee and tea, with a clear conscience?

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Simple, Good, and Tasty Offers Fair-Trade Ugandan Peaberry Coffee

I'm super excited to let you know that, for a limited time, Simple, Good, and Tasty is offering our own fair trade coffee through our partnership with Peace Coffee. This coffee is one of my absolute favorites, organic Ugandan peaberry. The gorgeous label, shown above, was designed by my friend Stuart Flake of What Agency Inc., who also designed the Simple, Good, and Tasty logo.


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Local Coffee Beans - in Minnesota

Today's Star Tribune reports that John and Maggie Torsvald of Dawson, Minnesota (about 50 miles west of Montevideo) have been growing coffee on their organic farm for more than 30 years. From the Star Tribune:

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Organic, Fair Trade Peace Coffee

peacePeace Coffee is a terrific Minneapolis company committed to organic, fair trade beans. Here's what it says on their site:

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