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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

February 5, 2016

Coffee Tourism: The Ultimate Origin Experience?

Like coffee? Like travelling? Then you need to try coffee tourism. And while I may be a bit biased, in my opinion Caparaó, Brazil is...

February 4, 2016

Diversification in Speciality Coffee Farming: The Agricultural & Economic Case

Over 125 million people around the world are involved in the coffee farming industry. Yet coffee is susceptible to high degrees of fluctuation in its...

January 19, 2016

What Is Coffee? A Basic Explanation From Seed to Cup

We consume over 2.25 billion cups of coffee all around the globe, every single day. An estimated two-thirds of U.S. Americans drink a cup of...

January 4, 2016

Coffee Farming & Beekeeping: Solution to Endemic Pest Species & Genetic Diversity?

In 2012, Central America was hit hard by a brutal outbreak of La Roya, coffee leaf rust. The result? An industry-wide crisis. Coffee from this...

December 21, 2015

Geisha Coffee According to a 4th Generation Panama Producer

How much do you know about Geisha coffee? Legend has it that it came from the mountains of Gesha, in southwestern Ethiopia. Richard Whally, a...

December 14, 2015

Where to Plant: 5 Production Decisions Faced by Farmers

Growing, harvesting, sorting, grinding, dosing, extracting. As consumers, many of us might be familiar with what coffee has to go through before it arrives in...

December 8, 2015

The Price of Climate Change on Ethiopia: Extinction of Wild Arabica

Most Ethiopian mornings begin with the same, time-honored tradition. Charcoal is gathered in the fire pit and then a flame is lit and fanned. Next...

December 2, 2015

Controlled Fermentation: A Critical Step in Flavour Development?

If there’s one thing that we’ve got wrong about coffee, it’s fermentation. Traditional ways of thinking about coffee processing state that this stage has no...

December 1, 2015

Honey vs Natural Micro-Lot Coffee: 3 Ways to Avoid Water Pollution

What if I told you that in the coffee world, water causes immense damage? Yes, water. It sounds crazy, right? But massive amounts of water...

November 26, 2015

AFCA in Action: Tackling Gender Inequality in African Coffee Farming

Did you know that women make up 75% of Africa’s coffee farming workforce? Africa produces a vast variety of uniquely delicious coffees. From the shores...

November 23, 2015

Interview: How Specialty Coffee in Honduras Rocketed to the Top

How would you feel if your family was responsible for changing the entire face of your country’s specialty coffee? Proud? Excited? The Paz family of...

November 20, 2015

Interview: What’s So Special About Pacamara?

The Pacamara varietal is unique. If people aren’t talking about its outstanding flavour and cup attributes, they’re talking about its distinctive size. But what’s the...

November 12, 2015

The Rise and Fall and Potential Rise of Brazilian Specialty Coffee

What if I told you that Brazilian coffee is one of the best around—and has a long history of being great? Would you believe me?...

November 3, 2015

Specialty vs Commercial Coffee: 3 Key Processing Differences

What is it that makes specialty coffee so special? We know it’s much better quality than commercial-grade beans, but why? Is it picked off the...

October 21, 2015

Indonesian Wet Hulled Coffee: Your One-Stop Guide

Ever heard of wet hulling? If you have, did you wonder what on earth it actually means and what it has to do with coffee?...

October 16, 2015

El Pino Coffeenomics: Why You Should Buy Third Wave

If you ask me, third wave coffee is the most delicious way on Earth to help others pull themselves out of economic hardship. Direct relationships...