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National Coffee Day - stories worth sipping on


Seattle company Atomo has made coffee grounds in a laboratory without using coffee beans.
National Coffee Day celebrates the businesses and the people who help to fill your morning cup - The Chronicle Herald

While National Coffee Day might seem like every day for some of us, here are a few stories about the folks working year-round to improve your favourite daily ritual.

Just Us!, just helping out! 

“VictoriUS!” a title in tribute to William Hall VC, is the first release in a series of specialty coffees launched this passed year by Just Us! Coffee Co-op of Grand Pre in celebration of African Heritage Month.  

African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince is presented with a bag of Legacy Series Coffee VictoriUS! featuring William Hall VC. - Kirk Starratt

The local roasters took on another community initiative this year, Just Us! who, in a surprising partnership, took an opportunity to transport the green Arabica coffee beans using a low-carbon footprint. The co-op teamed up with Timbercoast, owners and operators of the German schooner Avontuur, a tall ship transport vessel. 

A pallet of sacks filled with coffee beans is hoisted from the cargo hold of Avontuur, a two-masted schooner docked in Halifax. The cargo for Just Us Coffee Co-operative in Grand Pré was unloaded Wednesday by members of the Halifax Longshoremen’s Association Local 269, who volunteered their time. - Ryan Taplin

A sustainable buzz

Meatless burgers? Diary-free milk? Next up, bean-free coffee. All thanks to the Now Seattle company Atomo who created coffee grounds in a laboratory, without the use of coffee beans – a sustainable switch up to your morning cup of joe. 

Seattle company Atomo has made coffee grounds in a laboratory without using coffee beans. - Sylvain Charlebois

Tech for tips 

An app that will allow coffee consumers to directly tip their favorite cafe's supplier or contribute to a general fund. Addressing the issues faced by coffee farmers currently battered by dismal prices, the app provides a fresh take on proposing a solution to help growers increase income. 

An app that sends money in the form of tips from appreciative caffeine devotees around the world to coffee growers in Colombia could help farmers battered by dismal prices earn more income - Reuters

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