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August 30, 2022

How can rootstock grafting make coffee plants more resilient?

July 27, 2022

Land leasing in Kenyan coffee production

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?

September 5, 2022

Resolving environmental issues in coffee production

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world, which means it is produced and exported on a mass global scale. Naturally, large-scale agricultural production can sometimes be at odds with environmental conservation and protection efforts – often because of links to deforestation and poor farm management, for instance. However, as the demand for sustainably-grown coffee continues to rise, more and more efforts are being made by industry… read more

Coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world, which means it is produced and exported on a mass global scale. Naturally, large-scale agricultural production can sometimes be at odds with environmental conservation and protection efforts – often… read more

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...

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...