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September 28, 2021

How does El Niño affect coffee production?

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?

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

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...

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...

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...

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,...