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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

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...

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...