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Coffee Farmer’s Dilemma: Quality Control

Thanks to the hard-working coffee farmers, coffee is everywhere and we are all grateful for it. It doesn’t seem possible, but the challenges for getting quality beans to us at home are quite...

What Are The Best Coffee Beans?

“We buy only the BEST coffee beans.” How many times have you heard that on TV or radio commercials? How does one define “the best”? This can be quite a controversial topic and...

Shipping Coffee: The Invisible Link

The world shipping industry is millennia old. The accumulated experience along with modern technology has provided consumers with assured confidence that the desired products will be available efficiently and expediently. 

Understanding The Farmgate Price

Welcome to our third post in the series $1-$1000. This series endeavors to explain the reasons for such a broad gap on coffee farm prices. The first post laid the groundwork by showing...

Coffee: Making Waves

“Catch a wave and you’ll be sitting on top of the world.” So sang the Beach Boys back in 1963. Of course, they were singing about surfing. Today, however, when coffee lovers talk...

Fair Trade Coffee, Direct Trade, and Beyond!

This is our second post of the series $1 - $1000. The series has the daunting task of explaining in a simple way the imbalances in the coffee industry, especially related to the...

Geisha Coffee: The Epitome of a Great Cup

As I sit here reminiscing, I stumble upon the first time I ever heard of geisha coffee. I used to do small scale roasting in Victoria, B.C. Canada. My supplier told me they...

Best of Panama: The Vanguard of Third Wave Coffee

Specialty Coffee Auctions have become the principal marketplace for the best specialty coffees in the world. These are the main focuses of the third wave coffee producers and marketers alike. Events like “Best...

The Evolution of Coffee Roasting

Many of us are familiar with the wonderful legend of how Kaldi the goat herder and his prancing goats discovered coffee around the 9th century. Did you ever wonder how and when coffee...

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The Evolution of Coffee Roasting

Many of us are familiar with the wonderful legend of how Kaldi the goat herder and his prancing goats discovered coffee around...

A History of Coffee: Commercializing Caffeine

"It’s amazing how the world begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee."Donna A. Favors As...

Geisha Coffee: The Epitome of a Great Cup

As I sit here reminiscing, I stumble upon the first time I ever heard of geisha coffee. I used to do small...

Cold Brew Coffee: A concentrated delight

I like to drink concentrated syrup; I can just pour some into the glass, add cold water and my beverage is ready....

Cowboy Coffee: The Wild West Elixir

A cowboy is riding his horse late in the night. Only the sound of the horse’s hooves hitting the ground can be...