Most of us have seen items in the grocery store labeled “organically produced” or “eco-friendly.” From everything we have read in the media, these food items should be healthier for you than those drenched in food coloring or grown with toxic fertilizers. Folks often buy these items because they feel they are helping the environment, … Continue reading "Coffee Beans: Sustainable or Non-Sustainable Taste Tests"
Photo courtesy of Victrola Coffee. In recent years Honduras has made great strides in bringing exceptional coffees to market. In the past, transportation and processing issues have created challenges for a country that has all the right ingredients to produce great coffee. At the center of this shift is Beneficio San Vicente, a coffee mill … Continue reading "Honduras Santa Barbara Beneficio San Vicente Caracolillo"
Photo courtesy of Victrola Coffee. Geisha, or gesha, holds the record for the most expensive arabica varietal at coffee auctions, bringing in $170 per pound in 2010. This is because of the plant’s relative rarity and low crop yield. Most of the arabica coffee grown is either the typica or bourbon varietal, both of which … Continue reading "Colombia Valle del Cauca Cerro Azul Geisha"
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"
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"