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Kaffeekonsum in der Schweiz: Qualität versus Umwelt?

Kaffee  hat einen hohen Stellenwert in der Schweiz. Die Wertschöpfung von Kaffee macht knapp ein Prozent des Schweizer Bruttoinlandproduktes aus. Noch vor Käse und Schokolade ist Kaffee das wichtigste Exportprodukt geworden, laut ‘crema Magazin Schweiz’ in 2011. Viele Anbauländer exportieren ihren guten Kaffee in Länder wie die Schweiz zur Weiterverarbeitung und trinken den, der übrig bleibt oder Re-importierten. Nicht nur die Produktionsmethoden in den Anbauländern bestimmen die Öko-Bilanz von Kaffee, sondern auch Weiterverarbeitungsmethode und Verpackungmaterial, wie das kontrovers diskutierte Verpacktungsmaterial Aluminium, des in der Schweiz beliebten Kaffees in Kapseln.

Die grossen Kaffeenationen zu Besuch beim weltweit grössten Kaffeehändler, die Schweiz

Der 29 jährige David bewirtschaftet eine kleine Kaffeefarm im Anbaugebiet SantoDomingo in Costa Rica. Übernommen hat er diese 2006 von seinem Vater. Zusammen mit dem Agronomen Francisco Valverde, der ihm technische Unterstützung bietet, sind sie die jüngsten Gewinner des ‘AAA Farmers & Agronomists Award 2014’. Nespresso zeichnete dieses Jahr zum ersten Mal acht Bauern und Agronomen von drei Kontinenten mit diesem Preis aus und lud die Gewinner zur Besichtigung der Produktionsstätte in die Schweiz ein. Damit wirbt die Firma für ihr Nachhaltigkeitsengagement für faire Kaffeeproduktion und ermöglicht den Gewinnern Einblicke hinter die Kulissen der Produktion von Kaffeekapseln.

Tradition Vs. New Needs: Agronomists’ Role in Sustainable Coffee Production

Behind every cup of coffee there are the farmers and the agronomists tasked with cultivating the crop. Their skills and their work are of fundamental importance to the coffee industry, and some companies want to recognize the roles these people play by honoring their achievements. For instance, Nespresso, the company behind the popular coffee capsules and brewing machines, launched the AAA Sustainable Quality Program in 2003, partnering with the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit that awards product certification for sustainable livelihood and biodiversity protection. The program employs agronomists to advise farmers on sustainable cultivation methods. In October of this year, eight farmers from around the world, accompanied by agronomists, were honoured for their exceptional achievements in the AAA programme at a week-long visit to Switzerland and to Nespresso’s headquarters.

Teaching Food in Europe: Notes From the Field of Food Studies, Part 2

The history of food in Europe is long and storied. Deeply rooted agricultural and place-based food traditions are now experiencing renewed attention, as global interest in food origins grows. In 1986, the Slow Food movement was founded in Italy as a protest against fast-food chain McDonald’s encroachment on historic sites in Rome. Slow Food is now a vast, grass-roots international organization. As the food movement has grown in Europe, opportunities to study food have also expanded.

Startups: Switzerland’s New Graduate Program

Swiss students have dispersed for the summer holidays. Among those graduating and entering the job market, a new trend is emerging. More and more young people are founding startups. Idyllically situated with views of Zurich, the Villa Rigi, a former manor house, has bright rooms and a garden that now serve a new purpose: as a headquarters for Swiss startups. Five startups are based here, among them ElectricFeel, a technology spin-off from the university ETH Zürich, with a focus on urban mobility.

Intro to Data-Driven Journalism with NZZ Data

ZURICH – Data is all around us. We can access it with greater ease; hence, the recent boom in “data-driven journalism.” Data is used to structure the story inside and out, as a tool for verification and presentation, and everything in between. Many news organizations around the world are starting to publish stories and cover beats that can be better told through data. The same goes for our #urbanmobilityCH newsroom, where we will be publishing two stories driven by data. We invited Sylke Gruhnwald, head of the data team at NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), one of Switzerland’s oldest and most widely circulated newspapers, to a Google hangout with us and asked her how her team works with data and how we can use data in our stories.