Tag Archives: cacao

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 […]

138. And now for something completely different

With apologies to Monty Python (and to anyone who might object to reading here about something other than coffee): today’s post is about cacao.  Not just any cacao, but cacao fino de aroma from Ecuador, one of the world’s finest varietals.  I recently visited the Ecuadoran Amazon, where we will soon be starting the Borderlands […]