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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

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...