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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

February 23, 2017

Honey Processed Coffee: What’s The Difference Between Yellow, Red, & Black?

“How much honey is in the honey-processed coffee like a Costa Rican espresso?” If that sounds like a riddle, don’t worry. You’re probably familiar with...

February 10, 2017

Should Natural Coffees Be Judged Differently?

Dr Manuel Diaz believes we need to change how we think of natural coffees. He tells me they’re underrated and underpriced – despite their recent...

January 18, 2017

Why Specialty Naturals Need Strict Quality Control

Natural coffees are full of sweetness, eco-friendly, and on trend. But they can also be one of the most vulnerable to contamination and fermentation –...

January 12, 2017

Tips for Protecting Coffee During Drying & Storage

We don’t want coffee that has absorbed musty smells. Nor do we want that baggy flavour that comes when they absorb moisture after the processing...

January 6, 2017

Producer Insight: Is Organic Coffee Farming Worth the Risk?

Going organic isn’t a decision to take lightly. Coffee farming requires a long-term vision, a thorough understanding of coffee trees, and creativity. Organic coffee farming...

December 13, 2016

Washed vs Honey: Specialty Coffee Processing in Cameroon

In Cameroon, a group of small-scale farmers is collaborating to process specialty-grade coffee. Their name is Cameroon Boyo. Based in the Boyo region in the...

December 12, 2016

How to Choose the Best Shade System for Your Coffee Farm

Shade trees have numerous benefits: they’re associated with better cup profiles as they allow the coffee to ripen slower, they may provide additional income through...

November 29, 2016

Producer Insight: Organic Coffee Farming in Guatemala

We’re a small coffee farm in Guatemala: there are only seven of us, all in the same multi-generational family. Las Delicias, our 11-hectare farm, is...

October 25, 2016

How to Dry Natural Coffee on Raised Beds

There’s a reason natural coffee has become more popular. As processes have improved, it’s become possible to produce a sweet, fruity, and clean coffee. It...

October 18, 2016

Shade Grown & Wet Processed: Laos’ Developing Specialty Industry

If you’ve ever had specialty coffee from Laos, you’re one of few. Yet there’s a growing level specialty production in this Southeast Asian country. Let...

October 17, 2016

Coffee Processing: How to Build African Raised Beds

Want a low investment, high return way to improve coffee quality? Consider building raised beds. Also called African drying beds, they keep the cherries off...

August 25, 2016

Slow Naturals: How Controlled Fermentation Came to Brazil

There was a time, in Brazil, when the wet process was considered the only way to produce a high-quality coffee. The argument went that ripe...

August 9, 2016

Exploring Processing Methods on an 10-Times COE-Winning Farm

Finca Los Pirineos has produced Cup of Excellence coffees a staggering eight times – four of which they were ranked in the Top Ten. The...

July 21, 2016

Washed, Natural, Honey: Coffee Processing 101

Honey, dry, washed, pulped natural… do you ever look at your coffee packaging and wonder what on earth these mean? Or, perhaps more importantly, which...

June 3, 2016

Coffee Processing: Understanding Pulped Natural Coffee

Pulped natural coffee – what does that even mean? And how does it affect the cup sitting in front of you? If you find this...

May 27, 2016

Regulating Cherry Ripeness: Why You Should Think Like a Sommelier

What would you do if you wanted to improve your coffee? To infuse the beans with natural sugars and complexity that will be reflected in...