Colombia’s Fondo Paez: Finding Harmony on War-Torn Land

Colombia’s Fondo Paez: Finding Harmony on War-Torn Land

October 20, 2014 1:33 pm

The department (state) of Cauca, Colombia, is home to one of Colombia’s largest native American populations, the Paez people, and it also happens to be […]

A Conversation with Ric Rhinehart on the Future of Coffee in Mesoamerica

A Conversation with Ric Rhinehart on the Future of Coffee in Mesoamerica

October 16, 2014 12:01 pm

by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog   Last week I participated in Let’s Talk Coffee, importer Sustainable Harvest’s annual value chain event, for the fifth […]

Certifiers Shutting Out Producers Using Caged Civets for Kopi Luwak

Certifiers Shutting Out Producers Using Caged Civets for Kopi Luwak

October 14, 2014 1:50 pm

Multiple leading certification agencies have stepped up their standards to explicitly eliminate coffees produced from the used of caged civets (a.k.a. kopi luwak coffee). Amsterdam-based […]

USAID Awards $10 Million to Fight Food Insecurity in Leaf Rust Regions

USAID Awards $10 Million to Fight Food Insecurity in Leaf Rust Regions

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a $10 million assistance investment expected to help some 220,000 people affected by drought and coffee […]

World-Class Graders Gather at Intelligentsia HQ for Colombia Sensory Trial

World-Class Graders Gather at Intelligentsia HQ for Colombia Sensory Trial

October 8, 2014 7:00 am

A week ago, some of the biggest names in coffee sourcing gathered at the Intelligentsia Coffee headquarters in Chicago to begin a quality analysis process that […]

A Brief History of Coffee Price Volatility in the Modern Era (1963-2013)

A Brief History of Coffee Price Volatility in the Modern Era (1963-2013)

October 6, 2014 12:52 am

Since the International Coffee Organization published a monumental report earlier this year on the market history of coffee throughout the world, we have been extracting […]

Born Into Coffee: Observations from a Third-Generation Colona in El Salvador

Born Into Coffee: Observations from a Third-Generation Colona in El Salvador

October 2, 2014 6:52 am

by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog It was late 2008 when I first came into contact with this amazing story surrounding three generations of determined women […]

Meet Mission Arabica: Micro Roasting With Big Hopes for Coffee in Laos

Meet Mission Arabica: Micro Roasting With Big Hopes for Coffee in Laos

October 2, 2014 6:48 am

Sometimes, the coffee makes the mission. Other times the mission makes the coffee. The latter is the case with Mission Arabica, a collaboration between three […]

Catracha Coffee Launching Quality Improvement Program in Santa Elena, Honduras

Catracha Coffee Launching Quality Improvement Program in Santa Elena, Honduras

September 26, 2014 7:40 am

Catracha Coffee, the 3-year-old green coffee buying and profit-sharing company founded by Honduran-American Mayra Orellana-Powell, is launching the Catracha Quality Project. The quality-focused initiative is designed […]

Understanding the Restrictive Concept of ‘Women’s Work’ In Coffee Production

Understanding the Restrictive Concept of ‘Women’s Work’ In Coffee Production

September 25, 2014 8:48 am

by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog Last week Root Capital published this issue brief on gender lens investing in the coffeelands. I posted some reflections […]