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Recent Articles

March 31, 2021

How can technical assistance help coffee producers defend against pests & diseases?

January 12, 2021

Exploring Yield & Profitability For Coffee Farmers

January 8, 2021

How Can Producers Define Sensory Profiles For Their Coffees?

November 30, 2020

How Can Digitalisation Improve Profitability On Coffee Farms?

November 24, 2020

A Guide To Coffee Drying

April 15, 2021

Why is affordable finance so important for coffee producers?

Coffee producers around the world have long been faced with a raft of financial challenges. Many of these can be traced back to low or unstable coffee prices, but unfortunately, it is not always as simple as just paying farmers more.  The world of finance is complex enough before we consider the fact that coffee is a seasonal crop that requires investment in labour and equipment to harvest and sell.… read more

Coffee producers around the world have long been faced with a raft of financial challenges. Many of these can be traced back to low or unstable coffee prices, but unfortunately, it is not always as simple as just paying farmers… read more

June 3, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Colombian Cherry Picker

It was 1920 in the small town of Jerico, Colombia, when my grandfather, Gilberto Velasquez, made the decision to leave behind his family and made...

June 2, 2015

Is La Roya Devastating Coffee Production?

In many ways, La Roya is like the flu. When there is a flu outbreak, this usually affects a lot of people. Those who are...

May 27, 2015

Communism & Coffee Rationing: A US Roaster’s Sourcing Trip to Cuba (Part II)

I arrived in Havana and got straight to business.  Normally when looking for new sources of coffee, I might go to the known coffee growing...

May 26, 2015

How a Barista, with No Experience, Single-Handedly Grew & Roasted Coffee in Australia

I remember the first time I tried one. It was the sweetest, strangest thing I’d tasted –  like watermelon, hibiscus, lemon, pineapple and sugar. I...

May 20, 2015

Communism & Rationing: Roaster’s Sourcing Trip to Cuba

It’s been over 50 years since an American has been openly allowed to travel to Cuba.  The Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro and Argentinian...

May 4, 2015

Riding the Third Wave: What I’ve Learnt from Coffee Professionals

About 10 years ago, I realized that I wanted a coffee shop of my own at some stage in my life. I worked on and...

April 20, 2015

Weekly Extraction: Observations from Origin – Introduction

In this Perfect Daily Grind feature titled The Weekly Extraction: Observations from Origin, I will be writing about my experiences as a coffee shop owner...

April 17, 2015

The History of Rwandan Coffee & The Story Behind Epiphanie Muhirwa

Prior to discussing the flavour notes, it’s important to acknowledge the story and sweat that’s been poured into harvesting each little Bourbon bean (hopefully no actual sweat...

March 22, 2015

How to Be a Gringo on a Nicaraguan Coffee Farm

Planning an extended trip to origin? During our recent trip to origin, we caught up with Z. Latimor, a US coffee lover who ditched the...

March 20, 2015

Oscar Omar Alonzo, Finca Cual Bicicleta

He’s also a true character. Organic coffee farming & COMSA transformed his life, so he takes it upon himself to share his techniques and expertise with...

January 21, 2015

The Venezuelan Industry according to Pietro Carbone

Venezuela, a beautiful nation with exceptionally beautiful people. But what about coffee? Did you know at one time Venezuela was ranked close to Colombia in...


The Costa Rican Coffee Shop Culture according to Ariel Bravo

We recently interviewed micro-roaster, Paula Chaverri & barista Glen Arce on the Costa Rican coffee industry. F Solano caught up with Ariel Bravo, twice runner...


The Costa Rican Coffee Shop Culture according to Glen Arce

But what about the coffee shop & cafe culture. What does his average Costa Rican customer drink or desire?  F. Solano, met with Glen, a barista...


The Costa Rican Coffee Industry according to Paula Chaverri

Costa Rica (Central America). Credit: Google Maps Ever wondered about the Costa Rica coffee scene? Our Costa Rican correspondent, F. Solano, caught up with Paula,...