Archive for March, 2011

Coffee from Back In the Day – Cafe 1945

March 20, 2011

Cafe 1945 "Back in the Day"

My coffeee company, Kaffe Magnum Opus, Inc., aka, on Friday, introduced a new line of coffee, Cafe 1945.

It will be on the web site Monday, has 15 of the best selling flavored coffees, and three blends, Light, Medium and Dark roast.  All at priced at $5.99, plus shipping.

Cafe 1945 will be a terrific and timely addition to our line.  “It’s a coffee for these times of escalating coffee prices’, says I.  And it deliveres a somewhat bigger jolt.

Maxwell House (The Other Stuff) Rasised Prices 22%

March 18, 2011

Here is the Reuters Article.  Its long, but well worth reading.  If you trade coffee futures, may you have a bad day.

13:37 17Mar11 -UPDATE 1-Kraft hikes some Maxwell coffee prices by 22 pct

    * Kraft ups ground coffee prices by 70 cts/lb equivalent

    * Tassimo, Maxwell House International not affected

 (Adds details, background)

    By Marcy Nicholson

    NEW ORLEANS, March 17 (Reuters) – Kraft Foods Inc <KFT.N>

said Thursday it raised its U.S. list prices for Maxwell House

and Yuban ground coffees by a whopping 22 percent and its

instant coffee by around 10 percent.

    The price hikes, which were effective on Wednesday, marked

the company’s fourth coffee price hike in a year and came after

arabica coffee futures soared to a 34-year high this month.

    “(The) increases are due to sustained increases in green

coffee,” Kraft spokeswoman Bridget MacConnell told Reuters on

the sidelines of the annual National Coffee Association meeting

in New Orleans.

    The company raised the price for Maxwell House and Yuban

ground coffees by 70 cents per pound equivalent, and for

instant coffees by 6.25 cents per ounce.

    Excluded from the increase were single-serve Tassimo items

and the Maxwell House International line of specialty soluble

beverages, MacConnell said.

    Arabica coffee futures more than doubled in price by early

March in a rally that began in June 2010 on fund buying and

tight supplies, with the benchmark May contract <KCc2> reaching

a 34-year high for the second position at $2.9665 per lb.

    Roasters have been forced to raise their list prices over

the past nine months as a result of the sustained rally.

    Kraft most recently raised its prices in December. J.M.

Smucker Co <SJM.N>, known as the trendsetter for coffee price

changes, most recently increased its coffee prices last month,

by 10 percent.

    Robusta futures <LRCc2> trading on Liffe in London have

joined in the rally, soaring to a three-year high at $2,661 per

tonne on Thursday.

 (Editing by Walter Bagley)

 ((; +1 646 223 6043; Reuters





13:37 17Mar11 -FACTBOX-Recent history of coffee price moves

    March 17 (Reuters) – Kraft Foods Inc <KFT.N>, one of the

top coffee roasters in the United States, said Thursday it

raised prices for many of its roast coffees by 22 percent,

marking its fourth and biggest price hike in a year.

    The price hike went into effect March 16. [ID:nN17442469]

    The company’s reason was the soaring cost of green coffee

as arabica futures <KCc2> rallied to a 34-year high earlier

this month and robusta futures <LRCc2> vaulted to a three-year

peak on Thursday.

    Roasters have widely been forced to raise their prices

sporadically since June 2010 when the rally began, initially

spurred by fund buying and then sustained by tight supplies of

washed beans.

    The popular beverage is still considered an affordable

luxury in the developed world. Below is some of the recent

history of its price moves in the futures market and on store



    * May 1997: New York spot arabica coffee futures <KCc1>

surge to $3.18 per lb.

    * 1997: The then Folgers Coffee Co raised prices for

Folgers coffee by a staggering 29 percent due to soaring green

bean prices. This was followed by another price hike of nearly

10 percent a couple months later.

    * May 18, 2010: J.M. Smucker Co <SJM.N> raised list prices

for majority of its Folgers, Dunkin’ Donuts, Millstone and

Folgers Gourmet Selections coffees by about 4 percent.

    * May 21: Kraft Foods <KFT.N> raises list price of some

Maxwell House and Yuban roast and ground coffee by about 4


    * June 11: Arabica coffee futures <KCc1> trading on ICE

begin to rally on heavy fund buying following about five months

of sideways dealings between $1.2655 and $1.3985 per lb.

    * Aug. 3: Smucker’s raises prices of Folgers and other well

known brands by average of 9 percent in biggest widespread rise

in years.

Hilarious Swimathon by Jersey Shore Beauties

March 18, 2011

I had the great pleasure of travelling to Wildwood with my son Paul and his family to see Maggie, our grand-daughter perform.  She did fine. 

There were these five guys … you just have to see them in action.

And here’s Maggie and Hannah and their friend on the guitar.

Go get ’em girl.

If You’re Alive, Say Aye

March 5, 2011

Aye Aye Captain, says I.  Aye.

7 Million, oops, Billion.  The problem about counting is the birth and death rate; so many of us are coming and going that it would be tough for anyone or any thing to get a good solid static count.  Oh well, so what, the cover of National Geographic says 7 Billion and we gotta trust someone to know so Geo is as good as it gets.  Right?

I’m 65, alive, and my blood sugar was 109 this morning, the lowest overnight reading in a few months.  Had a tooth ache a few weeks back and the sugar shot up, but Dr. Laskin, much better eating, and working longer and better, got it back under control.  Who knew a tooth ache would drive your sugar high.  No aye here.

So what’s up with all the aye’s?  Eye’s.  I watch TV more than is good for a human.  Too sedentary, yes, but warm and cozy in my newer Lazy Boy Recliner.    How appropriate is that name, ‘ay.  Do you realize how many sumptuous meals smother your senses each and every night?  I didn’t, until struggling with “da’ sugar.  I can taste ’em.  Even Mickey D looks good, and only a buck.  Whoa. 

At some point the medical pro’s got big tobacco to start telling it straight.  Their stuff kills humans faster than say eating mackerel.  Or inhaling springtime, which is not exactly in the air, but getting close; you can see the grass starting to green up.  You’d never know that smoking kills if you park a few hours in a Wa Wa parking lot.  And … not only can you get a $7.50 pack of butt’s but you can see a lot of big butt’s, male and female, coming and going.  Must be the food we get there.

Which brings this little piece full circle; back to the 7 Billion, many of whom are starving, and probably smoking, in India and China.  Airing the Olympics demonstrated that all Chinese can play the drums, and smoke, like it or not, Wa Wa or not.  But the eye’s here are focused on good-looking sumptuous dinners at Red Lobster, or, Denny’s, or Breakfast at Burger King.  Call them the TV dinners of the 21st century. 

Bill Geist and Pie Man

Frozen dinners, many at 350 calories, won’t kill you faster than the average American Meal.  But TV Dinners will kill: a slow, spit spattering spiral of fat and grease and salt.  That is, until you make it to the cast of The Big Loser.  I’ll add here that I know what it feels like to have your belly sit on your lap, so I’m qualified to comment on the sizes and shape and silliness of this idiot show, where you can see magnificent TV Dinners in the breaks.  Whoa.

So I think the FDA and the Fairness in Family Food Advertising (FFFADS), should now, like tobacco, require food advertising to include the following and only the following, in large letters at least 1/5th the height of the TV Screen, excluding all legal mumbo jumbo, like Viagra,  and, please excuse the shouting: THIS MEAL CONTAINS CALORIES, 2,000 CALORIES.

Of course we will have to accept the consequences, that is, faster population growth, of no smoking and good dinners, but then, for our betterment, the cost of medical insurance will fall as fast as the big losers shed those belly’s.  And I ain’t jiggling.

Let’s share the calories; give ’em to the folks who need them.  Seriously.

Don't Forget the Pretzel's, Aye

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