Sunday, June 24, 2007

Dark roast

"Starbucks and the Ethiopian government will work together to promote three of the African nation's prized specialty coffees under a deal that supports the country's bid to control trademarks it believes will benefit farmers.The world's largest coffeehouse chain and Ethiopia's intellectual property office said Wednesday that their licensing, distribution and marketing agreement acknowledges the country's ownership of three coffee names - Yirgacheffe, Harar and Sidamo - regardless of whether they are trademarked.The deal will not reap Ethiopia any royalty payments, officials said." (Thanks Yasmine)

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