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Colombia La Virgen October 23 2013

Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. On December 12, 1715, Dona Francisca Salazar Valdez, daughter of a very wealthy Spanish landowner named Francisco de Salazar y Barrios y Petronilla Valdes, donated 3 hectares of their Hacienda to build a town that was to be named in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. During most of the 18th … Continue reading "Colombia La Virgen"

Honduras Beneficio San Vicente October 11 2013

Photo courtesy Victrola Coffee. In recent years Honduras has made great strides in bringing exceptional coffees to market. Transportation and processing issues, especially drying the parchment coffee have created challenges for a country that has all the right ingredients to produce great coffee. At the center of this shift is the Beneficio San Vicente coffee … Continue reading "Honduras Beneficio San Vicente"

Better Water for Better Coffee July 22 2013

Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. At first look this may sound too obvious, but let’s face a hard truth. Most people make their coffee with faucet water, in many cases unfiltered tap water. The question is how much does that affect my morning cup of joe? Coffee is more or less 98% water. Just as a chain … Continue reading "Better Water for Better Coffee"

Colombia Valle del Cauca Cerro Azul Geisha June 20 2013

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"

French Lavender Mint Tea May 31 2013

Photo courtesy of Alvin’s of San Francisco. A blend of the finest lavender buds from Provence, France blended with a sweet Moroccan spearmint leaf to produce this mellow herbal tea. The subtle taste cooling mint and soothing lavender together form a relaxing tea for any occasion. This caffeine free blend is great for bedtime or … Continue reading "French Lavender Mint Tea"

Kenya Gaturiri May 28 2013

Lion walking down the road in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. When we think of Kenya we think of lions…and great coffee. In Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, the city stretches around Nairobi National Park on three sides. Here rhinos, lions, and other wild beasts roam free against the backdrop of the only capital … Continue reading "Kenya Gaturiri"

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"

Colombia Giraldo Exotico May 02 2013

In the central northwestern part of Colombia, known as the coffee belt, coffee is produced year round with certain peaks. This coffee in grown high in the Andean mountains of Antioquia. Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

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"

Papua New Guinea April 19 2013

Photo courtesy of Beansmith Coffee. Love the artwork from this roaster! Papua New Guinea, located just north of Australia, has been involved in coffee production since 1926 when the first Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee seeds were planted. The coffee is produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides due to cost and availability. This results … Continue reading "Papua New Guinea"

Bab al Yemen, Sana’a April 18 2013

Bab al Yemen, Sana’a – 13th century main entrance to the walled Old City. Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. Yemen is steeped in coffee tradition and the home of the infamous sea port Mocha. Although Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, Yemen has their own story as to who made the first cup of joe. THE HISTORY … Continue reading "Bab al Yemen, Sana’a"

Lemon Rose Green Tea April 17 2013

Pan fried green tea with California grown rose petals and sun dried lemon peel. Photo courtesy Alvin’s of San Francisco.

Coffee Drying in Ethiopia. April 16 2013

Ethiopia – birthplace of coffee. Coffea arabica originated there and still grows wild in some areas. Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie. Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

Coffee Cherries and Coffee Beans April 15 2013

Photo courtesy bigstockphoto.com. Did you know that the coffee bean we know and love is not a bean after all? Although similar in appearance to a member of the Leguminosae family, the coffee bean is really a seed. In the heart of a fruit, referred to as a coffee cherry, you will find what we commonly … Continue reading "Coffee Cherries and Coffee Beans"