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February 16, 2021

Exploring popular Kenyan coffee varieties: SL-28 & SL-34

January 20, 2021

Tasting “Forgotten” Wild Coffee Species: An Experiment

December 23, 2020

Exploring Five Popular Indonesian Coffee Varieties

December 16, 2020

“Crash Testing” Coffee Hybrids’ Resistance To Adverse Growing Conditions

December 15, 2020

A Guide To Top-Working And How It Can Help Coffee Producers

March 3, 2021

“Unlike anything I had ever tasted before”: What is Wush Wush coffee?

Originally found in Ethiopia, Wush Wush is a low-yield, rare variety that has become popular in specialty coffee over the past few years. Compared to Geisha and other famous rare varieties, Wush Wush has a unique cup profile that can stun and surprise even experienced cuppers. But just why is this variety so popular? To answer this question and leadrn more, I spoke to Elena Lokteva from Ally Coffee, Patrick… read more

Originally found in Ethiopia, Wush Wush is a low-yield, rare variety that has become popular in specialty coffee over the past few years. Compared to Geisha and other famous rare varieties, Wush Wush has a unique cup profile that can… read more

February 20, 2020

Catuai & Yellow Bourbon: Exploring Brazil’s Coffee Varieties

Brazil dominates the coffee industry. It’s responsible for roughly a third of the coffee we drink. One single state in Brazil, Minas Gerais, produces more...

January 20, 2020

The Arara Variety: What Is It & Why Is It Popular in Brazil?

The choice of variety affects a coffee’s flavor, productivity, and required farming conditions. Consumers are often excited to try varieties such as Geisha/Gesha, while producers...

September 4, 2019

Fine Robusta & New Markets: Exploring Ghana’s Coffee Industry

Have you seen Ghanaian coffee listed on your local coffee shop’s menu? Probably not. While other African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania, have gained...

June 6, 2019

Geisha, Bourbon, & More: How to Identify 6 Coffee Varieties

Do you know what Geisha/Gesha looks like? How about Bourbon? There are many varieties of coffee and it’s not always clear how they differ. Setting...

May 23, 2019

How The Malaysian State of Sarawak Is Rethinking Liberica Coffee

Home to dense rainforests, orangutans, and delicious laksa soup, the Malaysian state of Sarawak is in the north-west of Borneo. This lush, tropical region also...

March 29, 2019

Choosing The Right Coffee Varieties For Your Farm

An important part of producing quality coffee is choosing the right varieties for your land. Why invest in plants that need additional resources that aren’t...

March 19, 2019

Understanding The Myth of Heirloom Variety Coffee

When we speak of Ethiopian coffees, we use descriptors such as “rosehips” and “magnolia”. But if you’re curious to know what specific variety produces these...

August 24, 2018

Get to Know The Coffee Plant

When we sip on that delicious latte or filter brew, it’s easy to forget that our favorite drink comes from a plant. Yet millions of...

August 17, 2018

Coffee Varieties Debunked: Why Not All Geshas Taste The Same

Not all Chardonnays taste the same. And the same is true for coffee varieties. Take a Gesha from Panama and a Gesha from Ethiopia: they...

November 13, 2017

What You Need to Know About Colombian Coffee Variety Cenicafé 1

The choice of coffee variety affects a coffee’s flavour, growing conditions, roast profile, and more – which makes the release of a new Colombian variety,...

October 24, 2017

Starmaya: Could This F1 Hybrid Be The Ideal Coffee Variety?

F1 hybrids tend to be high-quality, rust-resistant, and high-yielding varieties – the golden trio, as far as coffee producers are concerned. Yet there’s just one...

August 1, 2017

Coffee Varieties: A Crash Course in Geisha vs Bourbon

In wine, varieties reign supreme. Everybody knows what a Merlot is or a Chardonnay. Coffee varieties are less understood. You might have heard of Geisha,...

June 23, 2017

Coffee Varieties: What Are F1 Hybrids & Why Are They Good News?

Coffee hybrids have the potential for high-quality cup scores, rust resistance, and greater productivity. But what actually are they? Why are they so important to...

June 13, 2017

Coffee Varieties: Debunking The Myths Around Castillo

The Castillo coffee variety is controversial. On the one hand, it’s rust-resistant. On the other, coffee professionals are wary of the fact that its parents...

June 7, 2017

How Is Honduras Responding to Recent Coffee Leaf Rust Outbreak?

The coffee industry has responded with shock and dismay to news that Lempira, previously thought to be a “rust-resistant” variety of coffee, has been infected...

May 24, 2017

Rust-Resistant Coffee Variety Scores 90.5 Points in Nicaragua CoE

High cupping scores, high yields, and rust resistance? For specialty coffee producers, finding a variety with all three qualities is almost impossible. Often rust-resistant varieties...