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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

October 5, 2017

Creating Schools & Jobs in Honduras’ Coffee-Farming Communities

The view of Honduras from 2,000 meters in the sky is stunning. In lush pine tree forests on the highest mountains, coffee producers can find...

October 3, 2017

The Complicated Role of Money in Specialty Coffee

Not all producers have the same access to the specialty market – and it’s time we talk about this issue. The specialty coffee industry is...

September 26, 2017

Coffee Origin Spotlight: Papua New Guinea’s Specialty Coffee

For many years, Papua New Guinea’s coffee was overshadowed by that of its neighbour, Indonesia. Yet its sweet, fruity crops and ideal coffee-growing conditions are...

September 22, 2017

Why We Know Less Than We Think About Coffee Production

Working for an exporter in Nicaragua has come with many perks. The most significant is that I get to meet the people who grow my...

August 23, 2017

How The Region of Cerrado Mineiro Is Creating Coffee Traceability

Traceability opens the door to better coffee quality and a more equitable value chain. Yet the route from farm to cup is long and features...

August 14, 2017

Hard Questions Asked at 1st World Coffee Producers Forum

World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF) 2017 was a historical moment in the coffee industry. For the first time, a world coffee conference was focused on...

August 10, 2017

SCA Launches Avance, New Sustainability Conference

News just broke that the SCA is launching a new type of coffee conference – a sustainability one. And what’s more, it’s focused on production...

March 29, 2017

From Farm to Café, How Can Your Coffee Be More Sustainable?

Coffee is a lifeline for millions, a major global commodity, and a crop that’s farmed in dozens of countries. It’s a fusion of science and...

December 9, 2016

Cervical Cancer Is The Coffee Industry’s Concern – Here’s Why

“It’s killing more women than maternity complications these days,” Guy Stallworthy, Executive Director of Grounds for Health, tells me. He’s talking about cervical cancer, something...

November 11, 2016

What Was Discussed at The World Coffee Leaders Forum 2016?

This year, at the Plenary Session of World Coffee Leaders Forum in Korea, six of the biggest names in the industry were invited to talk...

July 28, 2016

Here’s Why People Are Voting Yes to SCAE/SCAA Unification

It’s less than two weeks until voting closes on the SCAE/SCAA unification vote. For SCAA members who are undecided, we know that it’s a difficult...

November 24, 2015

Coffee by-products and how you can creatively use them

Coffee by-products pose a major challenge to the coffee supply chain. Farmers discard more than half of the coffee fruit’s pulp, mucilage, and parchment often...

August 7, 2015

How to get crystal clear coffee without filter paper!

I have a confession to make: I HATE using filter paper. It clogs frustratingly fast, it’s expensive, it’s a single-use item, and half the time...

August 4, 2015

Is Coffee The Answer to Extreme Poverty in Burundi?

Burundi: a country shattered by civil conflict, including two genocides. It has one of the  lowest per capita incomes in the world, with 90% of...

July 23, 2015

Changing Orphans’ Lives: Coffee Pour-Over Stands for Charity From Three Cord Creations

The third wave has brought us into an era of new brewing methods and there’s nothing better to accompany your favorite brewing method, be it...