Green Coffee Origins and Issues

Hype Meets the Cup: St. Helena Sandy Bay Estate

Hype Meets the Cup: St. Helena Sandy Bay Estate

Some interesting green coffees have come into the lab recently. These were green samples, but you can probably find roasters who offer them via an Internet search. Those who have some history probably are aware that St. Helena, a tiny island located in the middle of the South Atlantic roughly between Brazil and Africa, is […]

By June 24, 2013 Read Article
USDA 762

USDA 762

I first heard of USDA 762 from the newly formed Specialty Coffee Association of Indonesia in 2007 or 2008. On their website they discussed coffee varieties being grown in Indonesia and had a section discussing Ethiopian lines. Mentioned are 3 varieties: Abbysinia, Rambung and USDA. The former two I have done plenty of research on […]

By May 25, 2011 Read Article
Mission Coffee Can.com – Web series about coffee?

Mission Coffee Can.com – Web series about coffee?

Coffee has never been successful on TV. We keep trying, but thus far, I think it’s fair to say that the beverage coffee just doesn’t translate well to the screen. Why I’m not sure, having a foot in both subjects, as a producer for much of my adult life, and a coffee lover and writer. […]

By May 10, 2010 Read Article
Understanding the Geisha Cultivar

Understanding the Geisha Cultivar

Like many people in coffee, the Geisha cultivar in Panama fascinates me. I’ve done as much research into its history, as well as other Ethiopian cultivars, as anyone. While I have a lot to say on it here I want to focus on some aspects of its history that were unknown to me until a […]

By April 2, 2010 Read Article
Honey Coffees: A Mostly Sweet Deal

Honey Coffees: A Mostly Sweet Deal

I’ve spent the last week with Graciano Cruz in El Salvador, cupping lots of coffees, many of which are honey coffees he is working on. Honeys are a style recently being experimented with quite a lot in Central America, also called pulped natural and pulped sundried coffees elsewhere. In traditional wet-processing coffee cherries have the […]

By March 24, 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
Typica –No Longer typical

Typica –No Longer typical

Once upon a time not so long ago most of the coffee planted in the world was from one varietal, Coffea Arabica Var. typica or typical coffee. 100-150 years ago it didn’t mater where in the world your coffee came from Sumatra, India, The Americas the trees were essentially of same variety (exception being coffees […]

By October 21, 2009 Read Article