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Truxal Library Special Topic Guide: Coffee: Have a Cup!

This Truxal Library Guide highlights library databases and ebooks to support learning about coffee as a crop, social conditions of cultivation, business and other interesting features of this wonderful tropical crop and beverage.

Coffee: Have a Cup!

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eBooks about coffee
Books about coffee

Videos Spotlight

The following selections of videos are about coffee, fair trade, business principles and other subjects related to our featured exhibit. 
Business Principles Business 03, RT1 02.
"Business 03: RT1 02 - Neffendorf." , directed by Anonymous , produced by Dallas TeleLearning. , Dallas County Community College District, 2013. Alexander Street.
Dallas County Community College District - Continuing Education/Noncredit Courses: In addition to college credit classes, this video was designed to improve your business skills --- if you dream of owning your own business or help you become the corporate executive you want to be. These Continuing Education (CE)/Noncredit courses do not offer college credit but may apply toward industry credentials or other workplace certificates.
Coffee break!
"Coffee Break!" , directed by Jergen Laurvig, and Erik K. Bent. , Filmakers Library, 1999. Alexander Street.
Next to oil, coffee is the most important commodity in the world. Millions of cups are consumed daily around the world. Yet few people know anything about the cost of the product in human and environmental terms. This documentary was filmed during the coffee harvest on a farm near the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. Here the conditions are almost feudal. The work starts at 12:30 at night and continues until six the next evening. On a good day, the best of the pickers can earn up to three dollars, but most of the women and children earn half that much. Children as young as eight are out in the fields to add to their family's income. In addition to the back breaking labor, the workers are exposed to pesticides that are harmful both to themselves and the environment. Even though coffee prices go higher and higher, it does not change the conditions of the farm workers in their marginal existence.
The coffee trail with Simon Reeve 
"The Coffee Trail With Simon Reeve." , directed by Andy Wells. , produced by Andy Wells, and British Broadcasting Corporation. , BBC Worldwide, 2014. Alexander Street.
Globally, billions are spent on coffee each year and the drink in its various forms is an essential part of life and culture for millions of people. But where does it all come from? Who grows and packs our coffee beans? Adventure journalist Simon Reeve embarks on a journey across Vietnam, which in just over 30 years has become the second largest coffee producer in the world. He discovers the impact the rapidly expanding coffee market has had on a nation of small farms. Simon begins his journey in Hanoi before heading into Vietnam's exotic highlands where, in the aftermath of the war with America, a vast coffee-growing programme was launched to help the country's economic recovery - but has led to widespread environmental damage.
Empowerment and organization of coffee farmers in Africa.
"Bruce McNamer Discusses Empowerment and Organization of Coffee Farmers in Africa." , directed by Anonymous , produced by Prendismo. , Prendismo, 2008. Alexander Street.
Fair Trade.
"Fair Trade: Football Manufacture." , directed by Anonymous , produced by Brook Lapping Productions. , Teachers TV/UK Department of Education, 2010. Alexander Street.
This video introduction, designed for use in secondary global citizenship lessons, shows how Fair Trade can support young entrepreneurs. A fair trade football scheme in Pakistan has generated funds, some of which have been invested in small businesses, such as a snooker hall and video rental store.
Guayusa has same caffeine as one cup of coffee.
"Guayusa Has Same Caffeine as One Cup of Coffee." , directed by Anonymous , produced by Bloomberg L. P. , Bloomberg L. P, 2013. Alexander Street. 
Runa Co-Founder's and Co-CEO's Tyler Guage and Dan Maccombie discuss the company's sustainable beverage business with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's 'Taking Stock.'
Just Us! Coffee Roasters Video Case Study.
"Just Us! Coffee Roasters Video Case Study: Debra Moore - CEO." , directed by Anonymous , produced by Acadia University. , Acadia University, 2019. Alexander Street.
"Business video case studies from Acadia University". Performer: Debra Moore, interviewee. Summary: In this multimedia case Debra Moore, co-founder and general manager of Just Us Coffee Roasters in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia, deals with the issue of her own succession. With her husband Jeff, and friends, they founded Just Us! almost 20 years ago. It is a success but now Debra would like to move on while leaving the operation in good hands. She needs to consider how to do this.
Marketplace Latin America. Part 2.
"Part 2." , directed by Anonymous , produced by Cable News Network (CNN). , Cable News Network (CNN), 2015. Alexander Street.
Dynamic industries impacting the regional economy - Panama's coffee beans, Cuba's cruises, business opportunities around Argentina's love for Tango, and Brazil's Magazine Luiza.
Victims of Cheap Coffee. 
"Victims of Cheap Coffee." , directed by Pertti Pesonen. , produced by Finnish Broadcasting Company. , Filmakers Library, 2004. Alexander Street.
Collapsing prices on the world coffee market have thrown millions of growers around the world into poverty. The price farmers receive for coffee is at its lowest in over thirty years. Coffee plantation owners are bankrupt and the workers are starving. Filmed in Nicaragua and Vietnam, the film describes the human consequences that the collapse of coffee prices has caused in producer countries. Among the poorest countries in Latin America, Nicaragua is more dependent on coffee production than other South American countries. Rosa Maria Mendez buried her six-year-old son, who had died of starvation. "We have nothing left but to wait for death," she says as she looks after her five surviving children. Vietnam, one of the few remaining socialist countries, began to take steps toward a market economy in the 1990s. Advised by the IMF and the World Bank to focus on crops for export, they switched from rice to coffee. In ten years Vietnam became the second largest coffee producer, after Brazil, leading to an international oversupply. The price dropped and 700,000 coffee farmers of Vietnam were impoverished. Multinational companies have profited because coffee is so cheap. The crisis is worldwide: the International Coffee Organization says that the price crash has pushed over 25 million people into poverty as farmers who used to grow food now sell coffee.

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