Thursday, October 26, 2006

Starbucks blocks Sidamo & Harar trademark

Something is really wrong when a company makes $6.4 billion in sales last year alone, while coffee farmers in Ethiopia make only 3 cents for every cup of their export coffee sold by Starbucks.

US coffee chain Starbucks is denying Ethiopia earnings of up to £47m ($88m) a year, the charity Oxfam has claimed.

The charity says the firm asked the National Coffee Association (NCA) to block Ethiopia's bid to trademark two types of coffee bean in the US.

Starbucks in Ethiopia coffee row (BBC) 26 October, 2006