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September 28, 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

June 17, 2016

Xam Tai, Laos: The Birth of Specialty Coffee Farming

It’s out there, but most people don’t know about it. Even some locals aren’t aware that specialty coffee is being farmed in Houaphan province, eastern...

June 14, 2016

Going on a COFFEE Origin Trip? 10 Things You Need to Pack

So you’ve decided to take an origin coffee trip. You’ve done your research, made all the right connections, and booked your flights. Now all you...

June 13, 2016

Under The Microscope: What Does a Coffee Exporter Do?

Coffee exporters play a crucial role in the coffee supply chain, and yet we hear so little about them. So we spoke to Diana Acosta,...

June 10, 2016

Direct Trade and the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange: What’s the Problem?

98% of the coffee exported out of Ethiopia goes through the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX), so to say it’s important is a massive understatement. But...

June 8, 2016

Salvadoran Coffee: 10 Reasons Why the Industry Is in Decline – and How to Stop It?

The Republic of El Salvador was built on the coffee industry. Now that very industry is dying. During its glory days, coffee brought economic growth,...

June 7, 2016

Be Both Ambassador and Guest: 3 Ways to Exchange Value During an Origin Trip

The origin trip is the ultimate coffee pilgrimage. But how do you ensure you get the most out of this opportunity? How do you guarantee...

June 3, 2016

Coffee Processing: Understanding Pulped Natural Coffee

Pulped natural coffee – what does that even mean? And how does it affect the cup sitting in front of you? If you find this...

June 1, 2016

Specialty or Marketability: What Are We Really Selling?

The internet has done wonders for coffee. It’s brought the stories of producers to life, revealing the extraordinary work that they do. It’s spread the...

May 27, 2016

Regulating Cherry Ripeness: Why You Should Think Like a Sommelier

What would you do if you wanted to improve your coffee? To infuse the beans with natural sugars and complexity that will be reflected in...

May 25, 2016

Interview: How Did Best of El Salvador Support Specialty Coffee Producers?

The prizes have been awarded. The lots have been sold. And, after seven coffee-filled days, the first ever Project Origin: Best of El Salvador has...

May 23, 2016

Steps Towards Specialty in Vietnam, Coffee’s 2nd Biggest Producer

Have you had a specialty coffee from Vietnam? No? You’re not the only one. For many, specialty coffee and Vietnam are mutually exclusive ideas. Yet...

May 17, 2016

Universal Sensory Coffee Language: The Key to Fighting Green Bean Defects?

Your coffee doesn’t taste good. In fact, it almost tastes musty. Or is that earthy? Hm… or maybe it’s even mushroom-y. Frankly, it’s just not...

May 5, 2016

Commercial to Specialty: A Farming Success Story

We all know the beauty of specialty coffee: the perfect balance of flavours, the sweet aroma, the rich body. Yet while this coffee may be...

May 4, 2016

Makers and Superpickers: Experimental Ninety Plus Coffee in Ethiopia

If I told you that you that the top baristas in the world are making experimental specialty coffee, would you be interested? Yes, I thought...

May 3, 2016

Know a Coffee Professional Deserving of an SCAE Excellence Award?

The SCAE Excellence Awards are coming up, and you have the opportunity to nominate someone deserving of recognition. Perhaps you know a young café owner...

April 27, 2016

Coffee Farming and Beekeeping in Latin America: A Path to Food Security

La Roya hasn’t just been ruining coffee production; it’s been ruining lives. Luckily, Food 4 Farmers is taking it on themselves to help give coffee...