July 23, 2015

Changing Orphans’ Lives: Coffee Pour-Over Stands for Charity From Three Cord Creations

The third wave has brought us into an era of new brewing methods and there’s nothing better to accompany your favorite brewing method, be it...

July 9, 2015

ICO Café – Self-Sustaining Solar-Powered Coffee Cart Pioneers

Over the last several years, we have seen a shift in the coffee industry as it seeks to be more eco-friendly. We’ve seen improvements in...

June 29, 2015

How Does Altitude Affect Coffee and Its Taste in the Cup?

Have you ever asked your barista about the coffee they served you? If you have, they probably responded with a complicated answer including a side...

June 14, 2015

3 Factors Which Impact a Decision on Which Coffee Variety to Plant

Last time in Weekly Extraction, we talked about the approximate cost of planting a manzana of coffee (7,000 sq m). This week we’re going to...

June 6, 2015

How Much Does It Cost a Farmer to Plant a Basic Plot?

The coffee harvest is now finished in Guatemala and every coffee farmer’s attention is now focused on the upcoming planting season and preparation for next...

May 30, 2015

5 Golden Rules for Opening Your Own Coffee Shop?

So you’ve decided to open your own coffee shop? And I assume not just anywhere in the world, but in a country that is producing...

May 21, 2015

Bribery & Corruption – Running a Coffee Shop in an Underdeveloped Nation

I couldn’t really believe what I was hearing. If I understood correctly, I was being asked for a kickback so that this particular vendor would...

May 13, 2015

Catering to Coffee Customers in Rural Guatemala

At the bottom of every menu in La Fábrica, you will find this sentence: “No aplicamos azúcar a ninguna bebida si no lo pide”, basically saying we don’t put sugar...

April 29, 2015

Why is it Difficult For Cafés at Origin to Purchase Coffee

My first nine weeks in Guatemala were spent studying Spanish in Antigua – arguably the Latin American hotspot for coffee. Armed with my notebook to...

April 20, 2015

Weekly Extraction: Observations from Origin – Introduction

In this Perfect Daily Grind feature titled The Weekly Extraction: Observations from Origin, I will be writing about my experiences as a coffee shop owner...