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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

September 4, 2018

When Producers Roast Their Own Coffee, Green Quality Improves

Endless mountain ranges, coffee trees drooping with ripe-red cherries, and golden coffee beans drying on raised beds: this is what we often think of when...

July 30, 2018

Examining coffee production costs across Latin America

A coffee at your local café might cost US $4.00, but this doesn’t tell you how much green coffee is required to buy and produce...

July 25, 2018

How Can Long-Term Relationships Increase Sustainability at Origin?

“We need to think that the coffee ecosystem is composed of 20 million farmers,” Michele Cannone tells me. As Head of Global Marketing Foodservice at...

July 9, 2018

Coffee Barometer 2018: It’s Time for Less Talk, More Action

As I read the last sentence of the 2018 Coffee Barometer report, it left me thinking of the Honduran phrase “tilin-tilin y nada de paletas.”...

June 6, 2018

Volcán De Fuego & How The Coffee Community Can Support Guatemala

75 Guatemalans have died. More are missing. And thousands have been displaced, forced to leave behind their homes and crops. We know Guatemala for its...

May 25, 2018

3 Things a Coffee Farmer Would Like You to Do

Coffee is not just coffee. Our favorite beverage can be our morning pick-me-up, a precious moment to ourselves after work, a long chat with an...

April 19, 2018

Green Coffee Pricing Transparency Is Critical (And Complicated)

There are real concerns about the future of specialty coffee. And one of the most pressing is the incredibly low incomes earned by coffee producers....

April 9, 2018

Forward vs Spot Coffee Buying: The Pros & Cons

Do you know what coffee you’ll be selling next season? Or will your team be ringing around, requesting samples, negotiating prices, and hoping that you...

February 26, 2018

What a Coffee Producer Thinks When Harvest Begins

With the approach of the coffee harvest comes mixed feelings. Many producers, like my family, are excited to see the result of our year’s hard...

February 1, 2018

The Reality of Producing Specialty Coffee on Tiny Farms

Imagine owning a farm so small that you cannot receive practical help – even though, with the low profit margins and high costs of coffee...

January 18, 2018

A Producer’s Guide to Choosing a Processing Method

Choosing the best coffee processing method can be like an artist choosing the best paints for their next masterpiece. Should it be watercolours, oil, or...

December 19, 2017

Why Some Farmers Struggle to Produce Specialty Coffee

About 70 countries produce coffee, but not all of them are able to effectively engage with the specialty market. In some, producers struggle while growing...

December 12, 2017

How Can Used Coffee Grounds Create a Greener Industry?

How many used coffee grounds do you put in a bin every single day? How about every week? Or year? If you compost or otherwise...

December 11, 2017

Micro Lot vs Macro Lot: What’s The Difference?

There are some pretty flexible definitions in coffee, and micro lots and macro lots (or community lots, as I like to refer to them) are...

December 8, 2017

Support Fight Against Cervical Cancer in Coffee Communities

Picture coffee communities at origin: what do you see? Lush landscapes, coffee trees full of beautiful dark red cherries, and hard-working families? The one thing...

October 17, 2017

Coca to Coffee in Colombia: How FARC Peace Deal Affects Farmers

Last year, a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels went into effect, ending over 50 years of warfare but also signalling...