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April 15, 2021

Why is affordable finance so important for coffee producers?

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?

May 3, 2021

Exploring quality, profitability & crop nutrition for coffee farmers

In recent years, coffee farm profitability has become a key consideration for the global coffee sector as sustainability and social impact rise up the agenda.  For coffee producers looking to improve profitability, there are two broad options: reduce the cost of production or get a higher price for your crop. For the latter option, one of the biggest factors to consider is coffee quality. This is typically represented in a… read more

In recent years, coffee farm profitability has become a key consideration for the global coffee sector as sustainability and social impact rise up the agenda.  For coffee producers looking to improve profitability, there are two broad options: reduce the cost… read more

January 16, 2018

Coffee Quality & M.A.S.L.: How Important Is Elevation REALLY?

Pick up any bag of artisanally roasted specialty coffee and have a look at the label. You’ll notice it tells you a few things: the...

January 4, 2018

In Defense of Blends: Coffee’s Most Underrated Offering

When we think about a truly exceptional specialty coffee, it’s always a single origin that comes to mind. Often it’s even those tiny little micro...

January 2, 2018

What Does “Direct Trade” Really Mean?

Direct: without intervening factors or intermediaries. Trade: the act of buying and selling goods and services. But direct trade represents far more than just its...

December 20, 2017

Bitterness in Coffee: What Is It & Is It Always Bad?

Bitter has become a dreaded word in the specialty coffee industry. We all “know” that good coffee should be sweet and well-balanced, maybe a little...

December 18, 2017

How to pull a perfect shot of espresso

If you’re an experienced barista, you may sometimes struggle to pull a perfect shot. If you’re a newbie, you’re definitely going to find it difficult....

November 22, 2017

Making Coffee at Home: What’s The Best Beginner Brewing Method?

There’s no better feeling than sipping on an amazing specialty coffee in your favorite café – but what if you could enjoy that same cup...

September 25, 2017

Coffee guide: what is body & how do I brew & roast for it?

Body: what actually is it? Coffee-lovers like to talk about it and we include it on cupping forms. But do we know what body really...

September 18, 2017

Baristas Debate: What Is a Specialty Barista’s Role?

“Barista” is more than a word: it’s a profession. Working in a coffee shop can be a career filled with opportunities for progression, meaningful goals,...

September 6, 2017

What Is Parchment Coffee? A VIDEO Guide

Coffee beans are bought and sold as parchment, but do you actually know what it is? What it looks like? And how to recognise quality...

August 16, 2017

What Is Agitation & How Does It Make My Filter Coffee Better?

Filter coffee is great, isn’t it? The calming drip of the brew, the elegance of the pour-over process, and the coffee itself – a smooth...

August 15, 2017

RoR: A Guide to Understanding Your Roast’s Rate of Rise

Scroll through enough articles on coffee, and you’ll come across a mysterious term called RoR (Rate of Rise) complete with multi-line graphs that are frustratingly...

August 9, 2017

Brewing Methods Compared: How Should You Make Coffee at Home?

Looking for a new coffee brewing device? You’ve got a lot to choose from. And every single one will produce a different coffee taste, not...

August 8, 2017

The Great Paper Coffee Filters Debate: Bleached vs Unbleached

Coffee filters: they’re small, humble, and critical for great-tasting coffee. But if you – like the majority of coffee brewers – use paper filters, should...

August 1, 2017

Coffee Varieties: A Crash Course in Geisha vs Bourbon

In wine, varieties reign supreme. Everybody knows what a Merlot is or a Chardonnay. Coffee varieties are less understood. You might have heard of Geisha,...

July 11, 2017

What’s The Difference Between Espresso And Filter Coffee?

Coffee’s not just coffee any more. Specialty shops have completely changed the way we view and taste our cup of Joe. We’ve discovered a myriad...

July 10, 2017

Coffee Professionals Discuss: What Is Specialty Coffee?

Consumers in the US believe that 48% of their coffee is specialty, according to the National Coffee Association of America (2015). But is that true?...