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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

April 14, 2016

5 Things You Should Know About Brazilian Specialty Coffee

Brazilian coffee gets a bad rap. Quantity over quality, you might hear people say. But there’s a lot more to these beans than most people...

April 8, 2016

Poor Roads: Are They The Biggest Issue Facing Papua New Guinea’s Coffee?

You probably don’t know this, but Papua New Guinea’s coffee is sublime. It’s smooth, versatile, close to coffee-capital Australia – and yet is hardly visible...

April 6, 2016

The White Stem Borer: A Threat to the Nepalese Coffee Industry?

Nepalese coffee could just be the next big thing. If if the industry doesn’t die out as a result of climate change, that is. This...

April 4, 2016

Roaster Life: 3 Steps to Finding a Specialty Coffee Producer in the Caribbean

The bean belt contains over 60 coffee-growing countries, and within those sixty countries there are an immense number of producers. In the Dominican Republic alone,...

April 1, 2016

Innovation & Sustainability: 4 Reasons to Participate in a Specialty Coffee Auction

Dawn is breaking over the slopes of El Pital, the sun beginning to shine on the pine and cypress forests of Salvadoran coffee plantation Finca...

March 29, 2016

Sustainable Farming: How Can Specialty Coffee Empower People with Disabilities?

There are more than one billion people in the world with a disability. To put that into perspective, that’s 15 percent of the global population....

March 18, 2016

Producer Perspective: Why Coffee Auctions Should Be About More Than Coffee

Coffee auctions must be about more than just the year’s best coffees; they must also be about building relationships. Don’t believe us? Well, let’s ask...

March 16, 2016

8 Steps to Building Gender Equity into the Global Coffee Supply Chain

Think back to the last coffee you drank. Was it a man or a woman who picked those cherries, who carried them to the drying...

March 14, 2016

Does Brazil Have a Third Wave Coffee Scene?

Most coffee nerds still think of Brazil as an origin focused on quantity over quality. For many roasters, it’s been an origin to source a...

March 3, 2016

Puerto Rican Coffee: The Bittersweet History & Rise of Specialty

In Puerto Rico, we’ve been tirelessly cultivating coffee for 280 years. Through its highs and its lows, the production of this bean has heavily marked...

February 24, 2016

Coffee Science: How Can We Identify & Improve Cherry Ripeness?

Working in the coffee industry is exciting; working in the specialty coffee industry is thrilling. Part of that difference is the constant striving for excellence...

February 23, 2016

Communication From Origin: Is This What’s Missing in Specialty Coffee?

Communication with origin is one of the hallmarks of specialty coffee, yet two vital parts of it are still underrepresented: communication from origin and communication...

February 22, 2016

The Golden Triangle: What’s the Link Between Opium and Coffee in SE Asia?

Thailand has been growing coffee commercially for centuries. It sits third among the coffee-producing countries of Asia. And yet it rarely makes it way onto...

February 19, 2016

Barista Guide: 8 Different Coffee Regions of Guatemala

Guatemala: a tiny country of 108,890 square kilometers producing some of the world’s best coffee. Let me put that into perspective for you. That’s less...

February 18, 2016

Processing Improvements: The Key to Specialty Grade Naturals

Natural coffees may be one of the oldest forms around, yet it’s only in the last couple of years that they’ve been able to enter...

February 12, 2016

INTERVIEW: The De Leóns on Bringing Coffee Back to Origin

The father-son duo of Jorge De León and Jorge De León Jr. have a mission: bringing Guatemalan coffee to Guatemala. Coffee may be one of...