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February 28, 2022

Can coffee capsules be sustainable?

October 14, 2021

How to host a sustainable latte art throwdown

September 27, 2021

Carbon insetting in the coffee supply chain

September 1, 2021

Growing sustainability in the coffee supply chain

July 5, 2021

Understanding carbon-neutral coffee production

May 18, 2022

How has technology changed in the coffee industry over the last few years?

The third wave of coffee is synonymous with a focus on the craft of producing, roasting, and brewing great coffee. Generally speaking, third wave coffee consumers are increasingly focused on the technical skills of farmers, roasters, and baristas. However, as the appreciation of the craft of coffee has grown, technology has also come to play a more important role. Now more than ever, baristas, roasters, producers, and consumers all rely… read more

The third wave of coffee is synonymous with a focus on the craft of producing, roasting, and brewing great coffee. Generally speaking, third wave coffee consumers are increasingly focused on the technical skills of farmers, roasters, and baristas. However, as… read more

September 20, 2018

The Daily Life of Madagascar’s Coffee Vendors

In Madagascar, coffee is a national obsession and a big part of daily life. At its heart are the street vendors who dedicate their lives...

September 10, 2018

A Broken Coffee Market: Why Specialty Farmers Are Going Bankrupt

Murray Cooper was one of the most famous specialty coffee farmers in Ecuador. I’m using the past tense because he’s now bankrupt.  Murray did specialty coffee...

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...