Category: Coffee Farm Management

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Nature vs Nurture: What Has The Greatest Effect on Coffee Quality?

By how many points can a producer increase their coffee’s cupping score?  Good farming practices will highlight a coffee’s best features and reduce the risk of defects. But with certain coffees, there may be an upper limit to how much the quality can be improved.  Producers, you need to be aware of this in order […]

Producer Perspectives on Farmgate Prices & Technology

Increased coffee supply chain transparency could help farmers secure better coffee prices. However, few transparency efforts extend back to this group, which means that once a coffee leaves their farm, they rarely get to find out what roasters and even consumers pay for it. Increasingly, roasters want to know what producers are paid for their […]

Why Food Security Is a Coffee Industry Issue

Producers are amongst the most vulnerable members of the coffee supply chain. Many are already contending against inconsistent and insufficient incomes, which is why in times of crisis, food security can become a pressing issue. If left unchecked, insufficient food security could force coffee farmers to abandon production entirely. Here’s what the implications of this […]

Will COVID-19 Mobilize Producers to Roast Their Own Coffee?

2020’s COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the international coffee production industry, bringing about challenges ranging from dwindling consumer consumption (due to lockdowns closing coffee shops) to restricted exports (as countries try to limit the virus’s spread). While the virus’s overall impact on the coffee supply chain has been negative, it might be the catalyst for some […]