New(ish) Methods in Brazil Coffee Production

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By and large, Brazil must innovate in their coffee production techniques; they can’t afford not to. The price one would need to produce coffee in Brazil as it is picked and processed in Ethiopia, or Kenya, or Guatemala, or Sumatra, would be far higher that the quality of the cup is truly worth.

I Found the Future in Brazil (and now I feel like crying)

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Is the Brazil of today, where coffee is becoming increasingly technified, the future of coffee in the Americas?

Why Should You Know Giling Basah?

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In the Bahasa language of Indonesia, Giling Basah means "wet hulled." That's not very exciting by any measure, but it refers to a part of the coffee process that is specific to Indonesia and creates a signature flavor. Wet-hulled coffees can have more body and lower acidity, but they also fall short of the sweetness and aroma uncovered by other methods.

If you have any interest in coffees from Indonesia, and are looking for some reason why you like them (or perhaps why you don't like them), it's worth your time to learn about Giling Basah.

Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

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For years we have thought about working in a more direct way with small-scale farmers in Guatemala, and in the 2013 harvest year this effort came to fruition.

We're calling this "Proyecto Xinabajul" (pronounced She-nah-bah-hool), named for the ancient Mayan name for the Huehuetenango region. In this project, we have cupped many hundreds of samples to identify small producers who are producing quality coffee in the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes mountains.

How Can a Leaf Rust? Roya in Guatemala

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The results from the Guatemala coffee harvest this year will be a study in extremes; great coffees from some farms, and serious quality issues from others. While some areas seem to have good volume of coffee on the trees and nice quality, others zones are being devastated by a coffee fungus called Roya.

 

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El Salvador Wet Processing

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Close up of coffee processing in a wet mill.

Coffee Processing in El Salvador

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From tree to coffee mill in El Salvador

Rwanda Butare-Bufcafe Washing Station Improvements

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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Improvements to the washing station (i.e. the wet-processing coffee mill) that our Rwanda Butare Bourbon comes from.

Womens Coop Duhingekawa Rushashi

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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Abakundakawa is a 1700 member cooperative that mills its coffee at the Rushashi washing station.

Coffee Production Yearly Timetable

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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A very general and rough guide to the Coffee Crop Cycle and should be regarded as an estimate, not a definite.

Wet Processing Coffee at Home

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
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I brought back some coffee cherry on a recent trip to Costa Rica, and after planting some, I had leftovers. What to do?

Growing Coffee at Home

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
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To have great success growing your own coffee from seed, you need a whole, ripe coffee cherry or from parchment coffee, aka pergamino

Exotic Coffee Cultivars

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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Besides coffea arabica and coffea robusta (canefora), there are no other coffee cultivars that are currently in commercial production.

Coffee Varietal Images

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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This is a collection of coffee cultivar images from my travels. It's not complete and I am sure...

Microscopic Images of Coffee Seed: Structure and Defects

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
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coffea arabica - coffee plant root structure and early leaf formation
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