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Colombia Los Naranjos May 23 2013

This coffee farm rests along the edge of Cueva de los Cuacharo, Colombia, a 500 square mile biosphere where two mountain ranges converge.  Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. Coffee leaf rust, or roya, could affect a majority of the Central American crop for the next several years. Only a few years ago the Colombian coffee crop … Continue reading "Colombia Los Naranjos"

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere May 20 2013

As one of the most sought after coffees in the world, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has a floral, sweet, and citrus flavor profile. In Ethiopia you still find coffee trees in the wild and growing at elevations above 6000 feet. Ripe coffee cherries, such as these from the Kochere District, are processed at local cooperatives. The combination … Continue reading "Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere"

The Buzz About Caffeine May 13 2013

Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. According to new research from the U.K., caffeine can give a memory boost….. at least to bees. The nectar of certain citrus flowers, along with coffee plant flowers,  contain caffeine. The study found that when bees feed on nectar containing caffeine they are three times more likely to remember the scent of … Continue reading "The Buzz About Caffeine"

Coffee Leaf Rust April 27 2013

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons/Smartse. In the worst epidemic of coffee rust since 1976, many Central American countries are in crisis. Plant damage from this disease is a constant threat to the future of Coffea arabica and now seems to be getting more resistant. Coffee is such a large part of the economy in these nations … Continue reading "Coffee Leaf Rust"