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Does grinding frozen coffee damage your grinder?

In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of specialty coffee shops and roasters freezing roasted coffee beans. There are several reasons for doing so, but the main argument is simple: to preserve freshness for as long as possible. Traditionally, storing roasted coffee in a cool and dry place has been the most common way of maintaining freshness. However, in light of the numerous benefits of freezing coffee, it… read more

In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of specialty coffee shops and roasters freezing roasted coffee beans. There are several reasons for doing so, but the main argument is simple: to preserve freshness for as long as possible.… read more

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 coffee plant. Yet millions...

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...

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,...