Opinion: Starbucks’ Upmarket Model and the Big Business of Little Bars

Opinion: Starbucks’ Upmarket Model and the Big Business of Little Bars

December 5, 2014 5:04 pm

Way back in 2011, shortly after news broke investment firm TSG Consumer Partners had made a “major” but undisclosed investment in Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, […]

In Defense of the Caturra Variety: A Conversation with Alejandro Cadena

In Defense of the Caturra Variety: A Conversation with Alejandro Cadena

November 28, 2014 9:47 am

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog When I read this article by Kenneth Davids in The Coffee Review assigning Caturra to the second tier of […]

Marketing Coffee Varieties and Preliminary Feedback from the Colombia Sensory Trial

Marketing Coffee Varieties and Preliminary Feedback from the Colombia Sensory Trial

November 24, 2014 10:19 am

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog In this recent article in The Coffee Review, Ken Davids explores the idea of “the variety play,” which he […]

Opinion Letter from Colombia’s FNC on the Emerging Institutional Uncertainty

Opinion Letter from Colombia’s FNC on the Emerging Institutional Uncertainty

November 13, 2014 11:39 am

A reasonably contentious situation has emerged in the Colombian coffee sector, following a leaked Presidential commission report that suggested the need for widespread reforms among […]

Planning for an Emergency Long-Term Survival Event? Don’t Forget Coffee!

Planning for an Emergency Long-Term Survival Event? Don’t Forget Coffee!

October 28, 2014 2:31 pm

Whichever hostile government takeover, zombie raid or other armageddon-type event you may be planning for, there’s a coffee for that. Salt Lake City, Utah-based My Patriot Supply […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Personal Apology to the Good People of JP’s Java in Austin, Texas

A Personal Apology to the Good People of JP’s Java in Austin, Texas

September 24, 2014 9:49 am

There was a point in my early’s 2os when I would describe myself as a “locabond” — a vagabond that never quite managed to get […]

Hidden Influencers: How Root Capital Is Expanding the Lens on Women In Agriculture

Hidden Influencers: How Root Capital Is Expanding the Lens on Women In Agriculture

September 15, 2014 11:03 am

by Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog Back in February, Root Capital released a white paper on social and environmental performance management, the inaugural publication in a […]