Friday, December 2, 2011
Global Program Improves Quality of Coffee for Customers and Quality of Life for Farmers and their Communities
Denver, CO, December 02, 2011 - Coda Coffee, a Denver-based specialty coffee roaster and sustainable wholesaler, today announced its Farm2Cup program. The program aims to continuously improve Coda’s coffee quality and positively impact farming communities around the world. Through the Farm2Cup program, Coda Coffee invests money and works directly with coffee farmers, who then reinvest in their coffee and community. Coda expects Farm2Cup participants to use the funds they receive for research, development, experimentation, best practice sharing and sometimes inner-village or cross-community competitions to improve coffee quality. The program also requires farmers to give back to their local community.
Coda Coffee informally implemented the program as a business practice about two years ago, but is now formalizing the program, launching www.farm2cup.org and labeling the coffee bags for customers and partners.
“By simply drinking Farm2Cup coffee, you know you’re enjoying a product that supports people around the world,” said Tim Thwaites, Coda Coffee co-founder. “In addition, the coffee exceeds taste and quality expectations because of best practice sharing and the traceability of the coffee from farm to cup.”
Farm2Cup can drastically impact the livelihood of the farmer’s family, employees and even an entire village. Coda Coffee works with farmers around the world, in countries such as Guatemala, Ethiopia, Brazil and Honduras. Some examples of how Farm2Cup funds have helped farmers and communities include:
El Salvador: Coda Coffee held fundraisers for a school in Ayutepeque, which funded a new kitchen, utensils, desks and chairs for the children. Additionally, the community is working on plans for a school library.
Guatemala: In Guatemala, Coda purchases high quality micro lots of coffee to encourage overall product improvement. The community has also held cupping competitions, where the local coffee farmers come together to have their coffee graded. The premium that Coda Coffee pays for the best coffee has helped build a road to A’Achimbal, a school, church, community center and 80 homes with electricity and running water.
Las Capucas, Honduras: Cupping competitions in Honduras also helped improve coffee quality, which increased the coffee’s price and allowed one community to build cupping labs, a wet mill and a dry mill.
Coda Coffee performs site visits and its importer, Atlas Coffee Importer, assists with annual quality control checks. The trips are to make sure that farmers are spending time and money on improving their products and communities, which allows them to stay in the Farm2Cup program.
“There is a great story behind every cup of Farm2Cup coffee,” added Tommy Thwaites, Coda Coffee co-founder. “This program helps personalize those stories and makes a global purchase feel local. A better quality of life for our farmers actually does make a better cup of coffee for our customers.”
To learn more about the program, visit www.farm2cup.org. To find Farm2Cup coffee, look for the Farm2Cup logo at coffee shops. Farm2Cup products are available where Coda Coffee is sold. To find a retail location near you that serves Coda Coffee, visit www.codacoffee.com.
Alicia Hassinger or Jenny Foust
About Coda Coffee
Coda Coffee Company is family owned and operated by brothers Tim and Tommy Thwaites. Originally from the Seattle area, they took different paths and reconnected in Denver, Colorado and launched Coda Coffee in 2005. Coda Coffee strives to be a corporate role model, with business practices focused on social responsibility and environmental protection. Through proactive education, advocacy, partnerships and the belief that success is reciprocal, Coda does what it takes to exceed expectations. Learn more at www.codacoffee.com.
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Denver, CO 80206
Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA) has produced a report on Belize that reveals there are significant opportunities for real estate investment in the ex-British colony.
Boston, MA, December 03, 2011 - Belize currently offers some great opportunities for real estate investment, according to alternative investment advocacy group, Alternative Asset Analysis (AAA).
The analysts at AAA claim that tourism is booming in the ex-British colony, due to its unique Caribbean atmosphere, beautiful unspoilt islands and beaches and the fact that English is the first language for most people living in Belize.
AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, said, “Real estate investment is a growing niche market due to the fact that so many investors are looking into alternative assets in order to diversify their portfolios to protect themselves against risk.
“Investing in property in Belize is a good move as we expect prices to rise as the tourism industry goes from strength to strength," he added.
AAA pointed out that it is important that anyone looking at buying property or land in Belize finds out about the regulations for foreigners buying in the country. Mr Johnson said that anyone buying land over a certain size will need to obtain an Alien’s Landholding License. “This rule is in place simply to protect this beautiful country from rampant and irresponsible development, which is a regulation most real estate investors will also be keen to protect," he said.
There is also the issue of tax that needs to be paid to the Belize government on the purchase of homes in Belize – but potential gains should ensure that real estate investment in the country is still profitable.
AAA supports many kinds of alternative investments, not least impact investing and investment in other ethical schemes, such as plantation projects in Brazil, run by firms like Greenwood Management. Mr Johnson explained, “There is a general sense that the South American region is up and coming and investment is rapidly being directed towards the area. However, ensuring that money goes into projects that can benefit the environment and local communities is vital.”
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Boston, MA 02109-1320
Family Focus Blog Wins #1 Rank for Savviest in Social Media in Top Home-Based Business National Annual Ranking
Family Focus Blog Wins #1 Rank for Savviest in Social Media in StartupNation Home-Based Business Competition
Nashville, TN, December 01, 2011 - Family Focus Blog has been recognized as one of the top home businesses in the nation by StartupNation in its annual Home-Based 100 competition.
Many of the StartupNation Home-Based 100 entries showed that people are leveraging the efficiencies and lower overhead of home-based businesses to pursue their passion and bring in income during these tight economic times.
“The 2011 ranking reveals that home business is serious business - more relevant than ever. It’s a natural response to loss of job opportunities, the need for supplemental income and the sheer passion for blazing your own trail and running your own show,” said Rich Sloan, co-founder of StartupNation.com, one of the leading small business networking and knowledge hubs online. “Home based businesses are the biggest block of all businesses in existence and we expect numbers to grow ever greater as extra bedrooms, kitchen tables, basements and garages increasingly host the innovative thinking and pursuit of success by millions of Americans.”
“I am thrilled to have received this recognition for my blog and social media has been such a fantastic tool for interacting with my blog followers and reaching new blog readers,” say Scarlet Paolicchi, founder of Family Focus Blog.
Being savvy in social media is a must for businesses seeking to build rapport and relationships in the community. Do you follow? Over 28,000 people follow Scarlet Paolicchi on Twitter @familyfocusblog.
Family Focus Blog is focused on going green and fun family activities. It's written by a stay-at-home mom blogger from Nashville who reports on family fun, eco tips, giveaways, products, and causes that a following of people find interesting. While she's based in Nashville, Paolicchi has cultivated a communication channel far beyond Tennessee.
The full results of the Home-Based 100 ranking are available on StartupNation’s website at www.startupnation.com/home-based-100/2011-winners .
For more information, press only: Karen Torres, StartupNation (248) 685-9005, kares (at) startupnation.com, Scarlet Paolicchi firstname.lastname@example.org at http://familyfocusblog.com
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Casino Lunch Adds Multi-Tier Real Time Affiliate Reporting For Members
Valetta, Malta, December 02, 2011 - Casino Lunch, one of the newest online casino sites on the World Match gaming platform, is proud to announce the launch of their new affiliate program, Lunchbox Affiliates.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work by our entire team to get this done,” stated Gian Perroni, Affiliate Program Director, “but it was worth the wait as the player activity reporting is just great. Affiliates can watch their earnings grow in real time!”
“We think the name of the program is appropriate as well,” Perroni continued. “Affiliates get up and go to work every day like the rest of us, so it makes sense for them to have a lunchbox with them, and more importantly we see our lunchbox as being like a toolbox, complete with all of the tools that our affiliates need to build a successful, growing and enduring business.
Casino Lunch is now offering players over 70 different games, including 12 variations of Roulette and more than 25 different Slots games. The site is open 24/7 for both fun and real money play, and is in English, Polish, Russian, and Spanish, with additional languages coming shortly. New players are offered €1,200 in deposit bonuses, and the site has a very player-friendly VIP program in place.
Affiliates are offered a selection of tools to help them promote the site, including custom creative, dedicated bonus codes, no deposit bonus offers, and special promotions. A minimum revenue share percentage of 30% is offered to all partners, and they are provided with 365 day/year multilingual support.
In addition to the great selection of casino games, the site will be adding a new poker room shortly on the Euro Cake Network, providing poker player with world class action on an established and recognized network.
Both the casino and the pending new poker room are fully licensed by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) in Malta, a recognized and respected online gaming licensing regulatory body. Casino Lunch provides online casino gaming to players from all countries except the U.S.
About Casino Lunch
Casino Lunch (www.CasinoLunch.com) offers online players a delicious menu of licensed and regulated casino games, including roulette, slots, video poker and table games. Providing a no-download experience and attractive promotions, Casino Lunch focuses on creating the best VIP player experience online. Casino Lunch accepts players worldwide, except for those from the United States, and operates 24/7/365. Players are welcome for both free and real money action.
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