I always come across items that might be of interest to readers that deserve more than just a Tweet (@birdbarista) but not quite a whole post. Hence the debut of the "Sips" feature.
- San Rafael Sustainable Coffee Initiative: Interesting riff on direct trade/CSA model. Provide micro-loans to three farms near San Rafael, Costa Rica, get coffee when the crop is harvested. Coffee isn't certified organic, but no pesticides or herbicides are used. Farm photos and videos on the site look shadier than most in Costa Rica.
- La broca (coffee berry borer) found in Hawaii: Bad news. It's also turned up in Puerto Rico. More on la broca control here.
- Project First Taste: Many coffee farmers have never tasted their own coffee, and they can't make quality improvements or business decisions because of it.
- What do high market prices mean for cooperatives? Understanding how the cooperative system works and is impacted by the C market.