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January 2014 Blog Posts (26)

Growing Cocoa:Origins Of Cocoa And Its Spread Around The World

Source: International Cocoa Organization

The genus Theobroma originated millions of years ago in South America, to the east of the Andes. Theobroma has been divided into twenty-two species of which T. cacao is the most widely known. It was the Maya who provided tangible evidence of cacao as a domesticated crop. Archaeological evidence in Costa Rica indicates that cacao was drunk by Maya traders as early as 400 BC. The Aztec culture, dominant in Mesoamerica…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on January 30, 2014 at 10:18am — No Comments

11 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Every Day

By Renee Jacques, The Huffington Post

There really can't be any adult in this great big world that has never tried coffee. It's consumed everywhere, and judging by the amount of Starbucks locations in the United States alone, (in 2012, there were 10,924!) we love our caffeine.

And that's fine. In fact, there are many advantages to being one of the 54 percent of Americans over 18 who drink…


Added by Patrick Kihato on January 30, 2014 at 9:25am — No Comments

Coffee Farming in Kona, Hawaii

By Les Drent

The majority of the coffee in Kona is harvested between the months of July and December and many of the small mills that process the raw coffee cherries swing into full operation during this time of the year. At many coffee mills around Kona visitors are welcome throughout the year to a unique opportunity to view first hand the operations of a working coffee farm and mill. Much of the coffee processed during the fall season arrives at these mills from many different farms…


Added by judy on January 29, 2014 at 9:32am — No Comments

Drupe, There it Is: The SCAA’s Coffee Biology Field Glossary

You’re talking coffee one day and all of the sudden your colleague starts dropping words like oxisols, endocarp, perisperm and drupe — to which you’re like, “whaaa?”

Don’t fear, the…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on January 28, 2014 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Top 10 List of Interesting Facts About Coffee

By Jason Coffee

#1 – Discovered by a Goat

Coffee Goat 225x300 Top 10 List of Interesting Facts About Coffee Yup you heard right coffee was first discovered by a goat! More specifically a young goat herder by the name of Kaldi in the 9th-century. He noticed his goats acting strange when they ate the cherries from the coffee tree so he tried it for himself. This story does not show up in writings until the…


Added by judy on January 27, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

What Is Coffee?

By National Coffee Association USA

Everyone recognizes a roasted coffee bean but unless you have lived or traveled in a coffee growing country, you might not recognize an actual coffee tree.   Pruned short in cultivation, but capable of growing more than 30 feet high, a coffee tree is covered with dark-green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs.  Coffee cherries grow along the tree's branches.  It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after the flowering of the…


Added by Patrick Kihato on January 27, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Ten steps to coffee

By National Coffee Association USA

High on a lush, steep hillside covered with coffee trees, a picker carries a heavy bag filled with a long day's work. The bag contains ripe, red coffee cherries. Months from now, the beans from that day's harvest might be the very ones you purchase at your favorite store. Between the time that he picked them and you purchase them, the beans went through a series of steps very much like this.…


Added by Patrick Kihato on January 24, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments


By Martin Diedrich

Coffee grows throughout the tropical world in countries that we have all thought of as destinations for travel fantasies, places whose very mention conjures up vivid image of exotic cultures and their customs, unusual wildlife, and lush tropical rainforest Shangri-las. Places like Java, Sumatra, Kenya, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru.

The coffee tree as a living entity is, in every way, very much a product of its…


Added by judy on January 24, 2014 at 6:51am — No Comments

Coffee culture grows in South Africa

By Bizcommunity

Sales of coffee, both locally and overseas, are continuing on an upward trend. World coffee exports amounted to 9.21 million bags in November 2012, compared with 7.88 million in November 2011 and in South Africa, consumers are increasingly prepared to try out new and more sophisticated options.Chris Brown, director at The Daily Buzz, a local chain of upmarket workplace coffee bars, comments, "We are seeing a change in the local coffee culture -…


Added by judy on January 22, 2014 at 7:08am — No Comments

Why women farmers matter in world coffee production- video

By Heather Baird- The guardian,

Did you know that the majority of the world's coffee farmers are women? The work of women in the production of coffee too often goes unrecognized and unpaid. Despite women doing 60-80% of the productive work in growing coffee, they do not receive the financial rewards and have little say in decision making within the coffee co-operatives, within their community or even in their household. That is why Equal Exchange has…


Added by Zipporah Muthoni on January 21, 2014 at 12:33pm — No Comments

How to Grow and Care for your own Coffee Bean Tree!


By The Garden helper 

You know how sometimes it seems to take forever, to get that first good cup of coffee in the morning?

Patience always prevails, in time, and the coffee is ready! Mmmmmmmmm!!!

Do you have the patience to wait FOUR years????

That is how long it will take you before you can harvest your first beans from your own coffee plant, (Coffea…


Added by judy on January 20, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Joseph Nkandu: passionate coffee farmer, entrepreneur

Written by Moses Mugalu  

Joseph Nkandu speaks passionately about coffee.

“I was born in a coffee-growing family,” Nkandu states, emphasising that his parents, who were farmers, educated him on how to benefit from coffee.

As a young boy growing up in Mpigi district, Nkandu formed part of the workforce for his parents’ coffee shamba during school holidays, and he has fond memories of the crop that was once Uganda’s unrivalled cash cow.

But he was always…


Added by Susan Ndila on January 20, 2014 at 7:01am — No Comments

SCAA to Bring Back Coffee of the Year Program with ACE Partnership

Source: Daily coffee news

With its Coffees of the Year (COTY) program on hiatus, the Specialty Coffee Association of America is partnering with the Alliance for Coffee Excellence to help redesign the program for future years. For the SCAA 2014 Event in Seattle, ACE will present “an exhibition of compelling coffees representative of those that will be featured in the program…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on January 17, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

All About Growing Coffee

By Mark Ramos

One of the best ways to understand your daily cup of Joe is to discover how it came to be in the growing process. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide, and it is actually the second most exported commodity globally, second only to oil. Coffee comes in many different forms based on the brewing method, whether it is espresso, French Press, or regular drip brew coffee. However, all coffee is grown in a similar manner using different…


Added by judy on January 17, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Success in Fragments: How Big Really is the Market for Fine Robusta?

By Michael Sheridan of CRS Coffeelands Blog

Over the past two years, CRS has partnered with Sustainable Harvest to create Let’s Talk Robusta, a workshop series held during the importer’s annual…


Added by Fredrick Suyanka on January 16, 2014 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Best Coffee in the World - What Country Has It?

By Tom Berker

Who grows the best coffee in the world? That's what I wanted to figure out. I new coffee is tasted like wine and that there are two types of beans, robusta and Arabica. But that was the extent of my knowledge on coffee.

First, let me get the obvious statement out of the way. To many people, whatever coffee they like to drink is the best coffee in the world to them. It could be what mom or dad put on the pot first thing in the morning, to Folgers, Maxwell House or…


Added by judy on January 15, 2014 at 6:10am — No Comments

Colombian coffee growers selling carbon offsets

BY  Cleantech Canada staff  on January 07, 2014 1:21PM  

BOGOTA, Colombia—The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) has received official certification for the measurement and management of greenhouse gases in the value chain of an…


Added by Susan Ndila on January 15, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Coffee Farmers in Kenya to Use Text Based Crop Warning System

By Anne Marijke

Coffee farmers around Nairobi and in the Mount Kenya region will be able to receive text messages on their phone with storm warnings and early plague warnings starting in 2013. They will also be able to weigh their coffee digitally to get a more accurate price.

“Warning, heavy rain predicted, you are advised to bring your coffee…


Added by judy on January 13, 2014 at 9:42am — No Comments

Start-up guide to Coffee Growing

By East Africa Agribusiness Magazine

Coffee quality is receiving increasing attention on the international coffee markets, with significant price differentials for high quality and certified coffee. Whereas this trend was first and foremost observed in Arabica, the Robusta market appears to move in the same direction.

Many factors influence coffee quality at farm level, which include variety, growing conditions, agricultural practices, and immediate post-harvest…


Added by judy on January 10, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments

Burundi's coffee culture 'the difference between food and hunger'

By Brent Swails and Oliver Joy,CNN

In the hills of Burundi, farmers tend their coffee crop. Their livelihoods depend on a good harvest.

Coffee in the small central African nation is more than just a hot drink; it's a valuable commodity that props up Burundi's agrarian-based economy.

The world of Starbucks baristas and double macchiatos are an…


Added by judy on January 9, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

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