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The Extraction was Grown, Processed and Roasted in the Living Room

As farmers in Colombia struggle to cope with a current dive in international prices, Reuters reported that a Colombian agriculture minister said the government is considering dispensing some amount of…

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Coffee Farmers Struggle to Adapt to Colombia’s Changing Climate

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red…

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A Practical Water Guide for Coffee Professionals (Part I)

Part I – Chemistry and Conditioning With the emergence of science-based resources like the SCA’s Water Quality Handbook and the Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and Christopher Hendon collaboration Water for Coffee, baristas…

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Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: La Colombe’s Todd Carmichael

In this week’s episode of Unpacking Coffee, Kandace and Ray have a virtual sit-down with outspoken specialty coffee ambassador and La Colombe Co-Founder Todd Carmichael. Carmichael most recently made headlines…

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The First Straw: Single-Use Straw Bans a Small Step for Coffee Sellers

Starbucks announced today that it is eliminating single-use plastic straws from all its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. (Why not tomorrow?) The move follows a ban on plastic straws and…

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Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Zurich’s Birchbach

After a brief hard-drive issue — the kind that that makes one gnash one’s teeth and send bootless cries to the deaf heavens — Unpacking Coffee has returned for a…

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The Problem with Blonde Roasts

Blonde roasts are one of the fashionable trends in coffee, and while it seems that many consumers do have an appetite for these, we see a lot of confusion in print and media about this “lighter than…

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The Extraction Was Once Punishable By Death

In areas where marijuana is legal, when a consumer wants a flavor or sensory experience that combines pot and coffee, there are products that physically mix these two natural ingredients….

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Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Upper Left Roasters

In today’s episode of Unpacking Coffee, a chat with fellow Portlanders Katherine Harris, a co-founder and co-owner of roastery cafe Upper Left Roasters, and designer Adam Garcia, who’s helped lead…

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Tanzania Coffee Farmers and Traders Face Stark New Regulatory Reality

On January 14, 2018, Tanzania’s Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa dissolved the Tanzania Coffee Development Trust Fund, claiming it was redundant and depriving farmers of their money. At the same time,…

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