Know Your Coffee Birds series

Know your coffee birds: Jacu

by JulieCraves on September 6, 2008

Jacus (guans) are birds that eat ripe coffee cherries.One might imagine this habit would draw the ire of coffee farmers. But at least one enterprising producer is using the philosophy, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Or in this case, “If life gives you bird crap with coffee beans it it, make coffee.”

Revised on October 22, 2016

Tennessee Warblers are one of the classic winter residents of shade coffee farms in Central America and northern South America, which led tropical ornithologist Alexander Skutch to conclude that they really should be named “Coffee Warbler.”

Revised on June 17, 2018

I’d like to inaugurate my “Know your coffee birds” series with the bird Coffee & Conservation uses to rate coffees: the Blue-crowned Motmot (Momotus momota).

Revised on February 12, 2015