The North Star Cafe has burnt Boston burb beanery Jim's Organic. There's also Others, Portland Coffee Roasters, Zarra's Monumental and The Udder Place, along with chains JavaNet, Dunkin' Donuts and Tim Hortons? McDonald's, with its organic Newman's Own, was a favorite for Consumer Reports. Starbucks' iced coffee won the praise of the Chronicle. If you opt for national, "Starbucks is a company with a profound disrespect for workers' rights,'' said a union organizer, via NYT. It's not just the 'buckzilla, the USDA has simultaneously tightened inspection rules on organic coffees. "A recent ruling could wipe out the organic coffee market in the U.S," said a fair trade certifier, via Fromartz.
With phony organic labels that mean as much as "guaranteed electronics" and "all-natural 7-Up," the best bet might be dining in - on homebrew. Those good cups of coffee might not be as organic, free-trade, shade-grown, or local as advertiser might want you to think. Like Local Coffee at the very Crooked Mile.
The iPress Herald recommends a percolator/Neopolitan. If you're too cheap for a stovetop espresso maker or a French press, cold brew coffee requires only a Mason jar and a seive. The Times calls it "the kind of thing a gentleman might spend five days in hot-coffee solitary confinement for."Grind about a 1/3 cup beans at a medium grind, cover with 1 and 1/2 cups water, leave out overnight at room temperature for 12 hours. The low-acid brew should should be chilled. Strain it, or let the grounds sink upon refrigerated. Some tend to filter it again. Dilute one to one with ice cubes or water.