Category: Miscellanea

Coffeelands Program seeking new leadership

In August, after 14 years with CRS (more than 12 of them leading the agency’s coffee programming), I will be leaving CRS and transitioning to a new role as Director of Sourcing and Sustainability at Intelligentsia Coffee based in Chicago.  In the meantime, I need to help hire a replacement to lead the CRS Coffeelands […]

Beyond the hot take on the Starbucks sustainability bond

A few weeks ago, Starbucks made an incredible announcement.  They were going to have nitro cold brew in their cafes!! I think this definitively answers the Symposium question, is cold brew a category or craze?  OK, OK.  I’m joking.  The real earth-shaker is that Starbucks has issued the first US corporate bond for sustainability.  The […]

Knocking on Coffee’s Door: Cocoa’s Case as a Coffee Farm Alternative

2016-04-22 Comments

In previous Coffeelands posts we have written about the importance of diversifying smallholder coffee farms as a hedge against falling coffee prices, low coffee productivity resulting from disease (such as coffee leaf rust) and other factors. Diversification into other crops such as nuts, plantains and fruit, among others, also helps to ensure that a farmer […]

Playlist by Coffeelands

2015-12-31 Comments

Happy New Year amigos! We hope wherever you are, you are enjoying this New Year with good people. May you discover and cultivate peace and wisdom in 2016. Coffeelands Playlist For all of you who follow and participate in Coffeelands, here is a playlist we created on Spotify. Each song has some reference to coffee. […]

The CRS Coffeelands Program: Now Hiring

Earlier this month, I announced the launch of the CRS Coffeelands Program, a three-year initiative designed to coordinate our work in the coffeelands around the world and drive lasting impact at scale.  Today, we start building the Coffeelands Program team, announcing the first of six vacancies worldwide.  The Coffeelands Program Officer and the Coffeelands Program […]

Blue Harvest and Coffeelands

Last week, we announced CRS’ new global coffee program, Coffeelands. In that post, we said that Coffeelands will build the CRS Blue Harvest approach into future programs in the coffeelands. Today, we want to provide you a glimpse of what this means. Background on Blue Harvest Blue Harvest has been highlighted several times in this blog, starting with […]

Colombia Sensory Trial: Mapping G < (E + M)

Two weeks ago, I introduced the G (genotype) x E (environment) x M (management) framework here, and told you about a key finding from the Colombia Sensory Trial: although we designed the Trial to examine the impact of G on cup quality, we found G to be less correlated with cupping scores than E and […]