Banner photo by Nate Robinson: Drying Patio at Finca San Jose, Santa Barbara, Honduras.
The coffee supply chain is vast, complex, and at times, nebulous. Take some time to learn more about its intricacies.
"Supply Crisis in Latin America" Roast Magazine. Sept/Oct 2016.
A look at the challenges facing quality coffee while low prices and climate change push out the smallholder farmer. Focuses on agroforestry, mitigation, infrastructure, and plant breeding as potential solutions.
"Bridging the Digital Divide." Roast, July/August 2015.
Long-form on the importance of modern technology and business systems at origin in the effort to foment equity across the chain. Sources: FAL Coffee Brazil; Tyler Clark, Root Capital; Mayorga Organics; Luis Fernando Samper, FNC; Members of Cinca de Junio Cooperative, Las Sabanas, Nicaragua.
"El Salvador's Coffee Industry at a Crossroads" Daily Coffee News. January 2016.
Outlines the problems facing the small nation's coffee industry, highlighting lack of government support, enterprise undermined by gang activity and bottom-floor pricing. Looks at potential solutions such as USDA programs, development projects and a greater focus on specialty markets.
"Turning the Tables on a Coffee Journalist" SCAA Chronicle. April 2016.
Interview on the importance of communication as the next generation of coffee professionals answer the call of sustainability on the farm and in the cafe.
"A Slow Start" Fresh Cup. September 2014.
A look at the SCAA's sustainability reporting software, START, a world class program that could measure carbon footprint at various points and even across the supply chain. Ultimately, itfailed to take with the SCAA members. Barriers included lack of resources/personnel for small operations and the reticence to dive into transparency.
"Colombia Aeropress Championships" Sprudge, May 2016
A snapshot of an enthusiastic group of baristas with origin-savvy and the desire for brewing delicious aeropress, at times with unorthodox methods.
photo by Manuel Torres. pictured: Minerva Asprilla Murillo