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July 4, 2022

Understanding land succession in Kenyan coffee production

May 24, 2022

Is it possible to get good quality coffee from unripe cherries?

May 17, 2022

How can syntropic farming benefit coffee production?

April 12, 2022

Exploring Sicilian coffee production

January 31, 2022

How does improving gender equity benefit coffee production?

July 27, 2022

Land leasing in Kenyan coffee production

It’s no secret that the Kenyan coffee industry faces a number of challenges – including a steady decline in annual production volumes. Between 2018 and 2020, information from the International Coffee Organisation shows that the country’s coffee production figures dropped by 8.1% year-on-year, falling from 930,000 to 775,000 60kg bags. Among other factors, this can be partially attributed to the ever-growing urbanisation and development in Kenya. This has caused the… read more

It’s no secret that the Kenyan coffee industry faces a number of challenges – including a steady decline in annual production volumes. Between 2018 and 2020, information from the International Coffee Organisation shows that the country’s coffee production figures dropped… read more

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...

June 16, 2015

The Language of Coffee – A Day In The Life Of Coffee Producer

What does a coffee producer’s average day look like? Our coffee contributor Karyan NG talks restoration of an abandoned coffee mill and producing specialty coffee with...

June 14, 2015

3 Factors Which Impact a Decision on Which Coffee Variety to Plant

Last time in Weekly Extraction, we talked about the approximate cost of planting a manzana of coffee (7,000 sq m). This week we’re going to...

June 10, 2015

The History of Brazilian Coffee & the Story Behind ‘Daterra Full Bloom’

I am a Chemex lover. However, some coffees just taste so much better brewed through an AeroPress or espresso. Daterra ‘Full Bloom’ is one of...

June 9, 2015

Is the Philippine Coffee Industry ‘Third Wave’? Insider Observations

For any coffee enthusiast, the third wave movement of the specialty coffee scene in the Philippines isn’t so new. It was 2012 when specialty coffee...

June 8, 2015

“Coffee Isn’t Food” – Tabanoc Farm, an Alternative Approach to Coffee

Located about an hour outside of Armenia, Colombia, it’s fair to say Tabanoc Farms is in the heart of coffee country. Arriving, however, feels more...

June 6, 2015

How Much Does It Cost a Farmer to Plant a Basic Plot?

The coffee harvest is now finished in Guatemala and every coffee farmer’s attention is now focused on the upcoming planting season and preparation for next...

June 4, 2015

Lessons on Coffee Production From a Colombian Producer

His name is Miguel Fajardo, but I call him “Mr Milkshake”. Why? Well, picture yourself on top of a hill in Solento (a popular tourist...

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...