Coffee Waste May Become More Valuable Than Coffee Itself

This coffee product reduces waste and tastes great too.

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The price of coffee has reached new lows.

While you might not see it reflected when you buy your morning coffee, the price dip is certainly felt by the farmers selling coffee to your local cafe.

Aida Batlle, a coffee farmer in El Salvador, is selling her coffee beans for their lowest price in two years. She told Bloomberg that she is selling coffee for about $1.20 a pound now, mainly because of an oversupply of Arabica beans.

Though this makes it harder to turn a profit as a coffee farmer, there’s another coffee product on the market that sells for much more than coffee beans. And up until recently, most coffee farmers had been throwing it out or using it as compost.

It’s cascara, the coffee husks that encase the beans.

Coffee shops – including Starbucks and Blue Bottle – have recently started using cascara coffee husks in carbonated beverages and coffee drinks. The demand has helped farmers like Batlle, who are able to sell the cascara husks for around $7 per pound.

Recycling coffee husks for a higher profit than the beans is a big win for the environment because farms are able to reuse these natural resources. And it’s a financial victory for the farmers selling cascara.

And for consumers, cascara drinks offer a delicious and sustainable culinary victory.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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In a typical work day, people who smoke take more breaks than those who do not. Every few hours they pop outside to have a smoke and usually take a coworker with them.

Don Bryden, Managing director at KCJ Training and Employment Solutions in Swindon, England, thinks that nonsmokers and smokers should be treated equally, so he's giving those who refrain from smoking four extra days to compensate.

Funny enough, Bryden is a smoker himself.

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