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August 11, 2021

Why do coffee plants flower & what does it mean for producers?

August 2, 2021

Understanding coffee bean density

July 28, 2021

What is potato taste defect & how can coffee producers stop it?

July 19, 2021

What is carbon-negative coffee?

May 3, 2021

Exploring quality, profitability & crop nutrition for coffee farmers

September 28, 2021

How does El Niño affect coffee production?

We know that coffee is predominantly grown in the Bean Belt: a horizontal strip running around the planet between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This equatorial region provides optimal conditions for coffee production. However, the tropics are also characterised by an increased frequency of unusual weather patterns. These do include cyclones and hurricanes, but one of the more prominent phenomena is known as El Niño. El Niño is a… read more

We know that coffee is predominantly grown in the Bean Belt: a horizontal strip running around the planet between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This equatorial region provides optimal conditions for coffee production. However, the tropics are also characterised… read more

September 24, 2015

How Can Ecotourism Promote Sustainable Coffee Production?

Why do you love coffee? Is it that wonderful taste, that perk-you-up caffeine hit in the morning, or even that tantalising aroma? Or is it...

September 21, 2015

Ethiopian Coffee: Key to a Better Way of Life for Women & Children

Coffee is everything to the Dumerso community of Yirgacheffe Sidamo, Ethiopia. For ninety percent of them, it’s their main source of income. In fact, Ethiopia...

September 14, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About Single Origin Coffees

Have you ever walked  into a café, looked at the brew on offer, and wondered why the coffee is being touted as single origin? I...

September 7, 2015

Honey processing: everything you need to know

Have you ever wondered what honey processing or what it means? Or if it’s any better than the natural processed coffee you used last week?...

August 24, 2015

Arabica And Robusta: What’s The Difference?

Coffee’s has a rich, fascinating history. With third wave coffee, enthusiasts want to know about every step of its creation: the producers that manage the...

August 10, 2015

The Nicaraguan Coffee Industry & Story Behind Finca La Argentina

El tiempo perdido los santos lo lloran. The saints cry for lost time. That phrase embodies life in Nicaragua. Conquest, revolution, and disaster may rob...

August 4, 2015

Is Coffee The Answer to Extreme Poverty in Burundi?

Burundi: a country shattered by civil conflict, including two genocides. It has one of the  lowest per capita incomes in the world, with 90% of...

July 31, 2015

Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, Rwanda: Enabling 1400+ Farmers to Double Their Income

Dukunde Kawa Cooperative in Rwanda reminds us that coffee is about more than that delicious taste or caffeine buzz. It’s also about changing lives. A...

July 28, 2015

What’s Coffee? How a Producer Travelled the Globe to Find Out

If someone were about to ask me who I am and how I came to be involved in specialty coffee, I’d say that I am...

July 17, 2015

How a Specialty Estate in Ecuador Transformed a Community

In 2010, Magda Zabala traveled from La Perla, a tiny community in the Northwest of Quito, to the Ecuadorian capital. The trip was about two...

July 14, 2015

8 Facility Observations a Green Bean Buyer Makes

Knowing if a farm will produce good coffee is one of the hardest, and most important, things about being a coffee sourcer. As an entrepreneur,...

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...

July 6, 2015

12,000km From Argentina to Mexico Making Coffee for Locals

‘The Coffee in Central and South America Is Awful.’ Crazy, right? Yet when working in Coffee Town, a specialty coffee shop in Buenos Aires, I...

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 26, 2015

Kopi Luwak: The Cruelty Behind the World’s Most Expensive Coffee

Civet coffee (also known as kopi luwak coffee) was originally drunk because farmers on Indonesian coffee plantations were forbidden to pick coffee beans. The wild...

June 19, 2015

Don Adolfo And The Guerrilla Coffee Community Of Northern Nicaragua

Nestled in the lush green hills of northern Nicaragua sits a community unmolested by the modern world. It’s hard to get to. You can only...