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Podcast: Brewing a Better Coffee Industry

Tracy Allen recently spoke with Sustainacast’s Mick Dunn about how the coffee industry is being designed to benefit small farmers, small communities and top quality — all while meeting the demands of big consumer brands. (Phew!) You can listen here.    

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Brewing a Better Coffee Industry

  Tracy Allen recently spoke with Sustainacast’s Mick Dunn about how the coffee industry is being designed to benefit small farmers, small communities and top quality — all while meeting the demands of big consumer brands. (Phew!) You can listen here:  

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Fresh Cup Tracks Global Warming

In the April issue of Fresh Cup, there’s an article by Steven Krolak titled “Warming World: How will specialty coffee survive climate change?” I talked to him about how climate change affects quality and shared my concerns about excess carbon dioxide’s affect on the enzymatic process. Get the April issue of Fresh Cup here.   […]

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Video: Direct Trade Coffee in Ethiopia

Beautiful video on direct trade coffee in Ethiopia by one of our partners at origin. They call their efforts “Operation Cherry Red,” which, as you can guess, means smaller lots, and the best coffees that can be grown here. And they’re increasing yields, too.

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Ramacafe-Micro Lots and Micro Relationships

RAMACAFE, August 28-31, 2011 Managua, Nicaragua Featured Presentation: “Micro Lots and Micro Relationships” More and more roasters are making conscious decisions to travel to coffee growing countries, being away from their shops at a time when profits are more difficult to achieve. This is done in hopes of seeking exclusive buying relationships with coffee growers, customized […]

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After The Harvest: Fighting Hunger In The Coffee Lands

Coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico greet the rainy months between May and September with a mix of hope and trepidation. Consistent rainfall is vital to their crops, but too much water makes their rural dirt roads impassable. The price of beans and corn goes up, just when income from the coffee harvest is depleted. These are “los meses flacos,” or the thin months, when families make ends meet by eating less, eating cheaper foods, or borrowing against their future.And this is where “After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands” begins.

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The Book is Coming… Coffee Story: Ethiopia

Okay so it’s a little late, but aren’t they always. Now slated to be released early July. Honored to contribute to this collaboration of life lessons learned in Ethiopia.

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Video: Skimming Coffee

Sounds simple right? We thought perhaps a visual might help. When cupping coffee after the breaking of the crust or “the break” students skim solids off the top. The biggest mistake cuppers make is going too deep. Skim….

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New FDA Powers Impact Coffee

The coffee industry should focus on the short-term: devising food safety plans, establishing supply chain management controls, both foreign and domestic, and developing records maintenance and access policies. — National Coffee Association See what this means to you: Read the full story.

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Ethiopia May Ban Coffee Exporters Caught Hoarding, Defaulting on Contracts

Watch this little video.

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