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September 28, 2021

How does El Niño affect coffee production?

August 11, 2021

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August 2, 2021

Understanding coffee bean density

July 28, 2021

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July 19, 2021

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November 18, 2021

What is the single stem system & how does it affect coffee production?

While increased yields are always beneficial for coffee farmers, it’s not a case of growth by any means necessary – farmers also want to increase quality and minimise the cost of production as much as possible.  Over the centuries, many innovative ideas have been rolled out in order to achieve this extra productivity, all with varying degrees of success. One of the more recent and most successful of these innovations… read more

While increased yields are always beneficial for coffee farmers, it’s not a case of growth by any means necessary – farmers also want to increase quality and minimise the cost of production as much as possible.  Over the centuries, many… read more

August 25, 2016

Slow Naturals: How Controlled Fermentation Came to Brazil

There was a time, in Brazil, when the wet process was considered the only way to produce a high-quality coffee. The argument went that ripe...

August 24, 2016

Producer Perspective: The Geisha Gold Rush Benefits Everyone

I’m a fourth-generation coffee farmer in Panama who produces Geisha, so I’m very familiar with the success story of this wonder bean. 13 years ago,...

August 19, 2016

Interview With James Tooill: Brazil Is The Future of Specialty

James Tooill is the US Cup Tasters Champion 2015, the US Brewers Cup First Runner-Up 2016 – not to mention US Brewers Cup finalist 2014 –...

August 18, 2016

Insider Perspective: Why The World Needs The Robusta Gold Cup

Specialty Robusta is here, it’s being celebrated, and it’s what coffee needs. In July 2016, the first ever Taza Dorada Robusta, or Robusta Gold Cup,...

August 17, 2016

At-Risk Arabica: Why Aren’t Researchers Looking to Ethiopia?

It’s a bleak picture: a world in which Arabica is at risk of dying out, due to its astonishing 98.8% genetic similarity. It’s a level...


Why We’re Launching PDG Español

Our industry could not exist without the people in producing countries: the farmers who produce the coffee we drink, the mills that process it, the...

August 16, 2016

Is Fairtrade the Answer to Gender Inequality in Java?

Some of the rural women in Java receive only $1.75 per day for picking coffee. According to Numbeo, that’s only slightly more than the cost...

August 9, 2016

Exploring Processing Methods on an 10-Times COE-Winning Farm

Finca Los Pirineos has produced Cup of Excellence coffees a staggering eight times – four of which they were ranked in the Top Ten. The...

August 5, 2016

How Myanmar’s Coffee Trade Is Dictated by Infrastructure

The light went out. I checked to see if the bulb had blown, but no, it was an outage. At 8:00 pm, I received a...

July 28, 2016

How Micro Mills Help Producers to Have Economic Independence

The drive for social and economic justice for coffee producers has been growing steadily over the last decade, yet we still have a lot to...

July 26, 2016

Shade Grown Coffee: The Movie Asking About Sustainability

As a filmmaker, I’m always looking for a good story to tell. Yet shade grown coffee is more than just a good story. It’s also...

July 18, 2016

How Coffee Can Help Ecuador Rebuild After the 2016 Earthquake

Twin earthquakes hit Ecuador on the 11th July, a reminder that the effects of the devastating April earthquake continue to be felt in this specialty...

July 15, 2016

Making The Case for Guatemalan Coffee

There’s no such thing as the world’s best coffee. Good coffee isn’t just about cup quality, it isn’t just about sustainability, or varietals, or even...

June 28, 2016

Planning an Origin Trip? 3 Coffee Pros Share 6 Points to Remember

Origin trips are a great opportunity to make valuable coffee connections and gain first-hand insight into the production process – if you plan your visit...

June 22, 2016

What Effect Does The C Market Have on Small Coffee Farmers?

In most markets, the smaller businesses are the most vulnerable. Coffee is no exception to this. Fairtrade calculates that 80% of the world’s coffee is...

June 21, 2016

The 20/20 Project: Why Sustainable Coffee Means Listening to Farmers

Specialty coffee loves sustainability – but it’s something that can be easier to talk about than to actually accomplish. Global market forces, poor infrastructure, environmental...