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Pollinator diversity increases fruit production in Mexican coffee plantations: The importance of rustic management systems. C. H. Vergara and E. I. Badano. 2009. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 129: 117-123. Although arabica coffee is self-pollinating, it can benefit from the activity…

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Revised on October 30, 2010

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.”

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Walmart claims that if every Walmart shopper bought a bag of Sam’s Choice Rainforest Alliance (RA) certified coffee, it would preserve 135,000 acres of land.

And that’s bull.

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Revised on November 19, 2016

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #36. In a previous post, I gave background information on coffee growing on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. We reviewed two selections from the Dominican Republic, and now were…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Coffee growing in Kenya

by JulieCraves on March 30, 2008

Kenyan coffees are distinctive in (at least) two ways. They have a unique, wine-like flavor, and they are produced and marketed under a government-controlled auction system. Samples are available to bidders prior to the weekly auction, and the highest bidder…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

In my post, “Why certifying shade coffee is so complex,” I ended with a comment regarding the upside-down nature of shade (or organic) certification. That is, the burden of certification costs are on the producers who are doing the right…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

What shade coffee looks like

by JulieCraves on January 27, 2008

One trip to one part of one county’s coffee growing region is limited information to work with. Nonetheless, my recent visit to the western highlands of Panama was an eye-opener, replacing a mental image based on a great deal of…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Adult butterfly communities in coffee plantations around a protected area in the Western Ghats, India. J. Dolia, M. S. Devy, N. A. Aravind, and A. Kumar. 2008. Animal Conservation 11:26-34. Butterfly diversity was examined in 12 coffee plantations in India’s…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Counter Culture’s Holiday Blend used a roast style called vienna mélange, mixing and blending different roasts of the same bean — from Zaragoza, Mexico.

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Coffee growing in Brazil, in brief: Coffee was first planted in Brazil in the early 1700s. By the mid-1800s, Brazil was already the world’s #1 producer of coffee, a distinction is still holds today. However, it produces a great deal…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Recently, I posted a backgrounder on Papua New Guinea coffee. One of my favorite coffees is Allegro Coffee Roaster’s PNG Sigri Estate, which is not reviewed here because the crop ran out and it was unavailable at my local Whole…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

“Sustainable coffee is produced on a farm with high biological diversity and low chemical inputs. It conserves resources, protects the environment, produces efficiently, competes commercially and enhances the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”– Smithsonian Migratory…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #22. Coffee Labs Roasters Doghouse Blend, Peru and El Salvador. Coffee Labs Roasters is a cafe/roaster located in Tarrytown, NY (northwest of White Plains). Owners Mike Love and Alicia…

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Tanzanian coffee

by JulieCraves on April 20, 2007

Most of our African coffee discussions have been about Rwanda or Ethiopia. I’d like to focus on Tanzania.

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Revised on November 14, 2019

Plainspoken Coffee. A Coffee Review for Ordinary People by Ordinary People, #21. Counter Culture Mesa de los Santos, Colombia. This coffee is certified by both Rainforest Alliance and Smithsonian — rest assured your purchase supports biodiversity if it complies with…

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Revised on June 29, 2013