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The Scandal of the C-Price

<b>“Finance drowns the real economy.”</b><p>This is a point from <i>Laudato Si</i>, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment and poverty.<p>This phrase …

Coffee

How to Accentuate (or Reduce) Acidity When Brewing Coffee

Acidity: it’s a divisive word in coffee brewing. For some, it signals sharp, sour flavours. For others, it’s a revered attribute of high-quality …

The oldest coffee in the world?

From huts in remote villages to internet cafes in the capital city, coffee ceremonies are the centre of social life and hospitality in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

Coffee

A Broken Coffee Market: Why Specialty Farmers Are Going Bankrupt

Murray Cooper was one of the most famous specialty coffee farmers in Ecuador. I’m using the past tense because he’s now bankrupt.<p>Murray did specialty …

Coffee

The Great Paper Coffee Filters Debate: Bleached vs Unbleached

Coffee filters: they’re small, humble, and critical for great-tasting coffee. But if you – like the majority of coffee brewers – use paper filters, …

Coffee’s Price Collapse: How Did We Get Here and What Can We Do?

Coffee is looking better than ever. Great in-season, single-origin coffees can be easily found in most major cities across the globe, and most of the …

Fair Trade

When Producers Roast Their Own Coffee, Green Quality Improves

Endless mountain ranges, coffee trees drooping with ripe-red cherries, and golden coffee beans drying on raised beds: this is what we often think of …

Coffee

Do Sustainable Certifications For Coffee Really Help Coffee Growers?

Most of the time, we don't know how our coffee is made. We don't know if children's hands handled the berries when they might have been handling pencils, if workers had respirators to protect against harsh agrochemicals or if global coffee prices shafted the farmer this year. Sustainable …

Fair Trade

Colombia to create fund to help coffee growers amid low prices

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The Colombian government will place $34 million (100 billion pesos) in a fund to help coffee farmers hurt by low international prices, the finance minister and the head of the nation’s coffee growers’ federation said on Tuesday<p>A worker collects dried coffee beans at a National …

Profit

How do you get the caffeine out of a coffee bean?

One method is the ‘Swiss water process’ whereby green beans are soaked in carbonated water for up to 10 hours<p>about 6 hours ago<p>Jennifer Ryan and her …

Coffee

What is an F1 Hybrid?

An improved F1 hybrid called Centroamerica (T5296, a Sarchimor x Rume Sudan), which has yields as much as twice as high as traditional varieties, …

El Salvador

For Colombia’s coffee farmers, climate change has become an inescapable reality

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red as they ripen, ready to be harvested by hand. The steep hills here prevent mechanized …

Farming

‘Tis the Season for Transparency for Counter Culture and Wendelboe

Photo courtesy of Counter Culture Coffee.<p>Tim Wendelboe and Counter Culture Coffee, two of the most progressive forces in specialty coffee trading and …

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 will taste …

Colombia and Honduras lead the way in tackling devastating coffee rust disease

In 2008, coffee rust almost killed Colombia's $2.6 billion coffee industry.<p>A decade later, it's about to harvest its biggest ever crop.<p>Colombia managed to turn things around with significant government intervention, research into the disease and by planting varieties resistant to the fungus.<p>The …

This Is How Much It Costs to Produce Coffee Across Latin America

Let’s say a filter coffee at your local specialty café costs US $4.00. But how much did the green coffee required to make it cost – both to buy <i>and</i> to …

What is Giling Basah?

How Have World AeroPress Champion Recipes Changed Over The Years?

It’s been ten glorious years since the first World AeroPress Championship: ten years of experimental, creative, boundary-pushing – and, above all, …

The Best Coffee Beans in The World | The Ultimate Guide [Based on Facts]

How Can Long-Term Relationships Increase Sustainability at Origin?

“We need to think that the coffee ecosystem is composed of 20 million farmers,” Michele Cannone tells me. As Head of Global Marketing Foodservice at …

Rwanda Coffee Breeding Hub Opens to Benefit Production Throughout Africa

The nonprofit World Coffee Research (WCR) and the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) have launched a Rwandan breeding hub, designed to benefit coffee …

Natural Geisha Breaks Best of Panama Auction Record at $803 Per Pound

Coffees drying at the Elida farm owned by Lamastus Family Estates. Best of Panama auction photo.<p>A natural-process Geisha from the Lamastus Family …

A Glossary Of Coffee Growing And Processing Terms

The world of coffee is fascinating, but most of us stop exploring it before we get to the farm-level. And that’s a shame, because coffee growing and …

Opinion: Without Action, The Future of Coffee Is Not Secure

Solidaridad international program manager and column author Andrea Olivar.<p>More than 10 years ago, I began working in London for a coffee importer …

Introducing The Different Fine Cacao Origins Around The World

A silky-smooth Ecuadorian. A rich Madagascan. An aromatic Papua New Guinean. What’s the difference between these three chocolate bars, <i>really</i>?<p>There …

Zimbabwean Coffee: Rising From The Ashes

Zimbabwe: this once flourishing country came to a halt 37 years ago. But today, after years of darkness, Zimbabwean coffee farmers are finally …

Uganda’s Plan to Become One of the World’s Biggest Coffee Producers

A Ugandan coffee farmer pauses to inspect the young, hybrid Arabica plants in this mixed coffee-banana plantation near the Rwenzori Mountains.<p>Thanks …

Costa Rican Gesha Shatters Cup of Excellence Record at $300 Per Pound

Cup of Excellence photo.<p>A honey-process Gesha from Costa Rica broke the Cup of Excellence auction record for a single coffee yesterday by fetching an …

How Can Producers Transition From Commodity to Specialty Coffee?

Today, Miguel Moreno and his family trust that coffee will pay their bills for the year to come, put food on their table, and enable their children …

Yemen's epic coffee revival: From war to hipster New York cafes

A San Francisco native rekindled cultivation in Yemen and did not let a war come between him and his American dream.<p><b>Brooklyn, United States -</b> Five years ago, Mokhtar Alkhanshali was a grassroots activist with a law career mapped out, working as a doorman in San Francisco to pay the bills.<p>But his …