Imagine that you're in jail for some reason - solitary confinement, small cell, just an iron bedstead to lie on, no mattress. The main item in your daily diet is espresso coffee. Not just some, but lots. And lots. 125 shots a day, in fact. And you're forced to drink it.
Author of many books including Coffee: A Dark History, published by HarperPerennial in the UK, Norton in the US and in China, Japan, France and Turkey. I live in France.
In a highly unusual move, Harrods have introduced me (me, of all people!) to Matthew Ross, the producer of the ethical 'Sijahtra' kopi luwak that they have been selling for a few months. I met him a couple of days ago and was impressed - and fascinated.
21/10/2013 14:47 BST
On Monday evening the main BBC London News carried a short report that gave me particular pleasure: "Harrods have withdrawn Wahana Estate Kopi Luwak from sale," the presenter said...
11/10/2013 11:12 BST
my online petition, www.change.org/CivetCoffee, has been signed by 45,000 people in the six days since it launched. It's aim: to persuade Harrods to discontinue their involvement in this cruel and corrupt trade. Will they listen? Judging by their current reaction, no. At least, not yet. Maybe we'll have to shout louder...
02/10/2013 11:41 BST
Kopi luwak, a.k.a. 'wolf coffee', 'cat coffee' or 'crap coffee' reveals our selfish vanity, that so many are prepared to pay so much for 'crap' merely to make a 'statement'. The monied are now driven to acquire ever more extreme purchases, in order to possess something that nobody else does.
13/09/2013 16:49 BST
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