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Grounds for Empowerment mentors in El Salvador. All images courtesy of Grounds for Empowerment. Over the past 18 months, we have been working with a small network of forward-looking specialty coffee producers and supporters in Guatemala and El Salvador. In the wake of the latest coffee price crisis, these coffee professionals are helping to develop
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Rako Coffee Roasters Co-Founders and sisters Melissa and Lisa Gerber at the Rako roastery. All photos courtesy of Rako Coffee Roasters. Forced to skip a springtime series of public coffee pop-ups it had planned to introduce itself to coffee drinkers in the Washington D.C. area, a new direct-trade-focused company called Rako Coffee Roasters has launched
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A landscape in the Brazilian coffeelands. All photos courtesy of the author, Jonas Leme Ferraresso. Among the fresh crop of COVID-19-related question marks now floating around the coffee industry, few are larger than the ones involving Brazil, which is approaching its annual harvest. This year’s harvest for what is by far the world’s largest coffee-producing
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Coffee throughout the high-elevation landscape of southern Huila, Colombia. All images courtesy of Passenger Coffee. Winning lots from the first-ever Copa Suaceña regional cupping competition in Colombia are now emerging from quality-focused roasting companies throughout the United States. Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Passenger Coffee has launched a series showcasing the top six winners of the competition that
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Roasted Zabuni Coffee on display at the Zabuni warehouse in Grand Island, Nebraska. All images courtesy of Zabuni Specialty Coffee Auction. Nebraska-based Kenyan coffee auction company Zabuni Specialty Coffee Auction completed its inaugural green coffee auction online late last year. At that time, a variety of roasted coffees were on hand to celebrate the occasion
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In last week’s debut of a new video series on coffee economics, Karl Wienhold of the Colombian trading company Cedro Alto broke down some concepts surrounding “farm gate” or “farmgate” price, and how that price is represented. Now Wienhold has drilled down even further, exploring the concept of “farmer price,” which might vary widely from
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(Editor’s note: The following comes from an article that appeared in the March/April 2020 issue of Roast Magazine. Click here to read the full article.) A conversation between Trish Rothgeb, co-founder and roastmaster for Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, and Luis Rodriguez Ventura, coffee grower and owner of CAFERIUM in El Salvador, and featuring:  Aislinn
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