I have been writing this summer on the relationship between coffee and water resources in the coffeelands — a sleeper issue that hasn’t attracted as much attention among the coffee industry’s sustainability leaders as poverty, hunger, biodiversity conservation, and other pressing issues. But that may be changing. Ben Corey-Moran, president of specialty coffee pioneer Thanksgiving […]
There are many water-efficient technologies currently in use by farmers selling their coffee into specialty markets. And there are some good reasons why there is still a relatively modest embrace of those technologies. What will it take for more farmers to “blue” their post-harvest processes?
Today I resume this summer’s series on coffee and water resource management with a question: If there are affordable technologies out there that have a smaller water footprint than traditional wet mills, why aren’t they more widely used? Here are some ideas.
In the search for technologies that can reduce the water footprint of coffee, we may not have to look too far.
I am writing this month about a coffee-water paradox in the coffeelands that I think has at least three dimensions. The first one is this: coffee farming may represent the leading (licit) livelihood option for farmers in the highlands, but it is a drain on scarce water resources and a leading source of water contamination […]
Earlier this week, I suggested that there is a coffee-water paradox in the coffeelands. Any effort to foster a sustainable solution must begin by answering the following four questions: How much does coffee wastewater contribute to water pollution in Central America? What are the best technologies available to reduce coffee’s water footprint? What are they […]
CRS has worked with smallholder coffee farmers in Central America for 10 years to help expand the market opportunities available to them. Over the past five years, CRS has also promoted integrated water resource management in coffee-growing communities throughout Central America. In the process, CRS has identified — and taken initial steps to address — […]
Two of my colleagues here in Latin America, one a water resource management specialist and the other an authority on agroforestry and climate change, will deliver a presentation at the 2012 SCAA Expo on Saturday on coffee and water resource management at origin. The presentation, which fills a persistent gap in the SCAA lecture lineup, […]
In keeping with an annual tradition started back in 2009, today I publish my third annual preview of “don’t miss” SCAA presentations. This year, I divide my picks into two “streams of enlightenment” — “downstream” presentations that push knowledge of origin toward the marketplace, and “upstream” presentations that bring market intelligence to farmers and agencies […]
For pioneering roasters and importers whose interest in sustainability goes beyond sourcing certified coffees, the question may not be whether to reinvest at origin, but how? Is it best to go it alone, reinvesting in the farmers who grow your coffee and their communities? Or is it better to work collaboratively at origin with the […]