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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 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,...

June 30, 2015

5 Things a Micro Roaster Considers When Selecting Coffees

How Is the Coffee Chosen? As a micro-roaster, there are several things that influence your decision to choose one coffee over another. Despite what you...

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 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 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...

June 1, 2015

What Is Panama Geisha? The Reality of a Fantasy Bean

My first experience with the Panama Geisha was with a bag of Hacienda La Esmeralda Special Panama Geisha. I was gifted it when I manned...

April 12, 2015

Coffee & Chemistry: The Beansmith Roaster

There was a time when the  roasting process would have been just another step in the journey of crop to cup. There wouldn’t have been...

January 20, 2015

Scott Rao Roasting Masterclass: How to Roast Specialty Coffee

We attended a Scott Rao’s “Roasting Masterclass” at Prufrock Coffee, London last week. Who’s Scott Rao? He’s a “Coffee Idol” to the Specialty Coffee generation....


Roasting Down Under: The Bearded Roaster

Australian coffee culture for many years has been dominated by large commercial roasting companies. With the explosion of third wave coffee onto the café scene,...