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September 28, 2021

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July 28, 2021

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July 19, 2021

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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

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...

April 24, 2017

VIDEO: Introducing Liberica, a Lesser-Known Coffee Species

We like to talk about our high-quality Arabica coffee, but there are many more coffee species – all with their own unique characteristics and flavour...

February 14, 2017

VIDEO: What Do Different Coffee Varietals Look Like?

How does your coffee taste? It depends on the varietal (among other factors). And there are countless different varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Catimor, Bourbon, Yirgacheffe, Pacas,...

January 25, 2017

Kapeng Barako: Can this Filipino coffee varietal be third wave?

Kapeng Barako coffee has a strong smell and distinctive flavor. It’s been a cultural staple in the Philippines for over two hundred years. Today, it’s...

December 28, 2016

Maracaturra: Why a CoE-Winning Farm Grows Hybrid Varietals

The Maracaturra: a hybrid* varietal, a cross of Maragogype and Caturra, that is common to Nicaragua. But in Apaneca, El Salvador, it’s growing on a...

November 10, 2016

Bourbon vs Caturra: What’s a Variety & Why Should I Care?

So you’ve been hearing the word “varietal” floating around. Or maybe you’ve been looking at your coffee packaging and wondering exactly what the difference between...

September 15, 2016

Batian: Can This New Varietal Transform Kenyan Coffee?

Six years ago, almost to the day, a new coffee varietal was released in Kenya. Seemingly high-yield, disease-resistant, and high-cupping, it’s full of promise for...

August 24, 2016

Producer Perspective: The Geisha Gold Rush Benefits Everyone

I’m a fourth-generation coffee farmer in Panama who produces Geisha, so I’m very familiar with the success story of this wonder bean. 13 years ago,...

August 18, 2016

Insider Perspective: Why The World Needs The Robusta Gold Cup

Specialty Robusta is here, it’s being celebrated, and it’s what coffee needs. In July 2016, the first ever Taza Dorada Robusta, or Robusta Gold Cup,...

December 21, 2015

Geisha Coffee According to a 4th Generation Panama Producer

How much do you know about Geisha coffee? Legend has it that it came from the mountains of Gesha, in southwestern Ethiopia. Richard Whally, a...

November 20, 2015

Interview: What’s So Special About Pacamara?

The Pacamara varietal is unique. If people aren’t talking about its outstanding flavour and cup attributes, they’re talking about its distinctive size. But what’s the...

August 24, 2015

Arabica And Robusta: What’s The Difference?

Coffee’s has a rich, fascinating history. With third wave coffee, enthusiasts want to know about every step of its creation: the producers that manage the...

June 14, 2015

3 Factors Which Impact a Decision on Which Coffee Variety to Plant

Last time in Weekly Extraction, we talked about the approximate cost of planting a manzana of coffee (7,000 sq m). This week we’re going to...