Coffee regions

The New York Times Magazine published a well-written account about the ongoing illegal coffee growing in Sumatra’s Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. The article focuses on the Wildlife Conservation Society’s […]

Revised on October 6, 2021

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

Revised on January 8, 2022

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 […]

Revised on July 8, 2021

Shade coffee in Puerto Rico: perception and reality.

Revised on November 14, 2019

The curse of the spud

by JulieCraves on January 27, 2012

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

Revised on March 4, 2021

Coffee growing in India

by JulieCraves on October 20, 2011

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

Revised on July 8, 2021

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

New Kenyan coffee varietal

by JulieCraves on August 30, 2011

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

Revised on January 7, 2022

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

Revised on April 8, 2024

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?

Revised on January 7, 2022

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 January 7, 2022

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…

Revised on July 19, 2022

Coffee growing in China

by JulieCraves 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.

Revised on January 8, 2022

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

Revised on May 20, 2021

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….

Revised on January 7, 2022