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September 28, 2021

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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 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,...