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Grateful Dead Tribute & Coffee for Charity

A San Francisco Coffee company will produce a special coffee blend along with the release of the Grateful Dead tribute album. Proceeds will benefit charity. Via Roast Magazine:

Four Barrel Coffee has teamed up with The National and their influential British record label, 4AD, for a limited-edition coffee blend to coincide with one of the most ambitious albums in the history of recorded music: the 59-song “Day of the Dead” Grateful Dead tribute.

The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner produced and co-produced, respectively, the forthcoming album, which includes performances from Jenny Lewis, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Will Oldham, Courtney Barnett, Charles Bradley, Bruce Hornsby, Kurt Vile, Local Natives, Lucinda Williams, The Tallest Man on Earth, Justin Vernon and, like, everyone else you can think of. “Day of the Dead” is also the 25th album release from The Red Hot Organization, an international charity that raises funds and awareness surrounding HIV and AIDS.

“It’s been a super cool project and it’s for an amazing cause,” Four Barrel east coast rep Mike Squires told Daily Coffee News. “And it’s not something we normally do.”

A San Francisco company, Four Barrel makes a fitting choice for a Grateful Dead tribute coffee, yet the company’s involvement in the project was somewhat serendipitous, beginning with Four Barrel sending coffee to the 4AD offices.

“The National guys and some of their management were in the office and they saw one of the bags in Four Barrel ‘Oh, we love Four Barrel,’” said Squires, himself an accomplished musician who’s played in bands with members of the 4AD crew. “I started talking with Chris Robbins of The National’s management and we hit it off.”

For Squires, who plays guitar in the Duff McKagan-fronted band Loaded and more recently has focused his musical energy on his latest band Union Gospel in New York, the project has been an enjoyable reminder of how small the worlds of music and coffee can be. Said Squires, “It’s just been an awesome way for us to do something for a really cool cause.”

Full article here: Four Barrel and The National Team Up for Grateful Dead Tribute Release | Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

2016 New Year’s Coffee Links

Happy New Year 2016! We start a new year, a little fresher, perhaps reminiscent. Wherever we are today, one thing is for sure: last year is over. Welcome New Year, and may it bring the best to all of us.

I’ve been able to do some reading over the holidays in between family, and odd bits of work that cropped up. Here are some that I feel worthy of your attention:

Ethical Coffee

Modern Slavery in the Coffeelands

This eight part series by Michael Sheridan investigates Brazils efforts to reduce slavery in agriculture. A must read.

Three Reasons Why You Should Drink Direct Market Coffee From the vault…

Equity for Coffee Farmers via Fortune

Odds & Ends

A Photo Journey to La Revancha Estate

A Coffee Bar Recording Studio in Brooklyn Via Sprudge: A Coffee Loving Musicians dream studio

Dating a Coffee Lover 5 Things You Need to Know Lots of good info on what makes your coffee loving significant other tick. Via: Perfect Daily Grind

The Rise of the Robot Barista: Fact or Fiction

Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles Seek Expanded Latin Trade

Coffee crisis to hit within three years as finer tastes lead to shortage

Best wishes for a truly happy and prosperous 2016!

Square Unveils Data Mined from Thousands of U.S. Cafés

Interesting data from point of sale systems company Square regarding coffee & more gleaned from cafes across the US. (Via Roast Magazine:)

Popular point-of-sale systems and analytics provider Square today released the Square Coffee Report, which includes some interesting although generalized data related both to consumer trends and operational strategies among thousands of U.S. cafes.

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