Coffee and the environment

Some time ago, I wrote a detailed post about “land sharing” versus “land sparing“, two agriculture strategies. In a nutshell, land sharing is the use of cover crops, interplantings, and […]

Revised on March 8, 2021

Coffee leaf rust: a disease that may also threaten organic coffee.

Revised on July 8, 2021

Let’s take a look at what a recent scientific paper ACTUALLY said about the impacts of climate change on coffee, versus what the media had to say.

Revised on November 28, 2020

Lots of coffee and pollinator resources for Pollinator Week.

Revised on October 30, 2020

(Updated) Finca Platanillo in San Marcos, western Guatemala is the first coffee farm to be verified by Rainforest Alliance (RA) for compliance with the Climate Module of the Sustainable Agriculture […]

Revised on November 14, 2019

Some like it hot: The influence and implications of climate change on coffee berry borer (Hypothenemus hampei) and coffee production in east Africa. Jaramillo et al. 2011. PLoS One. An […]

Revised on November 14, 2019

A closer look at a new program to recover K-Cups.

Revised on November 29, 2020

Two degrees up

by JulieCraves on July 6, 2011

The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) produced a series of short films on what a changing climate could mean for farming communities in East and West Africa, and South […]

Revised on November 14, 2019

Results from a research project on mitigating climate change in Mesoamerican coffee production.

Revised on November 14, 2019

The Center for Global Development recently released data on the vulnerability of countries around the world to climate change. I’ve taken slices of two maps that show the latitudes where […]

Revised on November 24, 2020

The Colombian bird conservation organization FundaciÁ³n ProAves is now presenting a short video, “Shade-grown coffee and saving migratory birds of North and Latin America.”  A lot of the tropical footage […]

Revised on October 30, 2020

While many of us in the U.S. are shivering through one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent memory, we need to keep in mind that weather is not the same as climate. Climate change and rising temperatures in tropical regions is and will continue to have a profound impact on coffee growing. Here are some recent resources.

Revised on November 28, 2020

Uganda’s wild coffee

by JulieCraves on June 18, 2010

A project to manage sustainable harvesting of coffee and provide income for local communities around a national park in Uganda failed, but the concept shouldn’t be abandoned.

Revised on June 8, 2021

Coffee and climate change resources.

Revised on May 20, 2021

Coffee farmers don’t need to rely just on the presence of landscape-level forests to provide pollinator resources. Their own farm management can have strong impacts on local bee abundance and diversity.

Revised on November 14, 2019