Archive for February, 2010

Picking Ripe: Not as easy as it sounds

Picking Ripe: Not as easy as it sounds

In most places around the world coffee is harvested by hands. Quite often in marketing for coffee from various regions and farms they extol the virtues of selective hand harvesting. Everyone claims to only pick ripe red cherry. But how ripe? And how evenly ripe? The reality is most coffee is not harvested as ripe […]

By February 27, 2010 Read Article
Kenya supply chain

Kenya supply chain

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya (if you follow @coffeereview on Twitter you already know that.) Although the purpose of the trip was to attend the African Fine Coffee Conference and Exposition in Mombasa, I was able to spend a few days exploring coffee farms and processing facilities north of […]

By February 25, 2010 Read Article
Report from Kenya: The Ruiru 11 Controversy

Report from Kenya: The Ruiru 11 Controversy

As part of a just completed trip to Kenya, I visited some farms and coops in the classic Kenya growing regions northeast of Nairobi. Before arriving at the coffee, however, we enjoyed a day’s run past giraffes, rhinos and other impossible creatures around Lake Nakuru, a lake particularly famous for the clouds of flamingos that […]

By February 22, 2010 Read Article
Coffees of Sulawesi, Bali, Java, Flores, East Timor

Coffees of Sulawesi, Bali, Java, Flores, East Timor

In beverage-world terms, coffees from Indonesia and East Timor could be considered the single-malt whiskies of coffee. Generally absent are the tart fruit and sweet floral notes of the finest pure, high-grown, wet-processed coffees of Latin America and East Africa. In their place are rich, ambiguous notes of nut, aromatic wood, sometimes earth, sometimes a […]

By February 5, 2010 |Reviews Tasting Report