Coffee regions

An update on the accelerating pace of land use for coffee growing in China and its environmental impact.

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When you think of endangered species, I’ll bet you don’t think about Matschie’s Tree Kangaroos. Tree kangaroos and coffee also make an unlikely pairing. But I’m here to tell you […]

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Shade coffee in Puerto Rico: perception and reality.

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The curse of the spud

by on January 27, 2012

Bugs, bacteria, and the potato defect in East African coffee. Very nerdy post.

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Coffee growing in India

by on October 20, 2011

An overview of coffee growing regions, methods, and biodiversity in India, an origin not often offered in the U.S.

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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 […]

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New Kenyan coffee varietal

by on August 30, 2011

Kenya has introduced a new high-yield, disease-resistant coffee varietal. Is it environmentally sustainable?

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El Jaguar is the perfect combination of cloud forest reserve and coffee farm.

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How much Ethiopian coffee is grown in forests? Is it really coming from a pristine environment? Is this method of coffee production really preserving biodiversity?

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Uganda's wild coffee

by 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.

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An oversupply of coffee was one of the catalysts of the world coffee crisis in the 1990s, and most of it came from Vietnam. Vietnam increased production 1100% that decade, assisted by development agencies and large multinational coffee roasters. Nearly…

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Coffee growing in China

by on February 19, 2010

Coffee grown in China is predominantly low-quality arabica used in instant coffee, grown in full sun using high chemical inputs, and the Chinese government is aggressively promoting the expansion of thousands of hectares of coffee production.

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My experiences on shade and bird diversity at Nicaragua’s Finca Esperanza Verde.

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The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center has just announced that it has certified Hacienda El Cafetal coffee from the Galapagos Islands as Bird-Friendly, the most eco-friendly certification for coffee. Galapagos coffee has been on my “to try” list for quite awhile….

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The world according to coffee

by on November 22, 2008

This map shows the countries of the world sized according to the amount of coffee they produce. Click the map and watch the world transformed by coffee. More maps like this, representing a host of different topics in groups such…

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