My friends and colleagues at our headquarters in Baltimore announced recently that they are hiring a Fair Trade program advisor. While the job description doesn’t say so, I happen to know the job will involve lots of work on our Fair Trade Coffee Project, contact with lots of farmer-focused Fair Trade roasters and participation in […]
In a few hours I will be boarding a flight for the United States and leaving Guatemala for good after living and working here for nearly four years. Two nights ago I had dinner and a great discussion with the owner of a coffee estate — a parting conversation that served to remind me of […]
These are the three basic questions I am asking visitors to the CRS Coffeelands Blog to answer in a brief survey designed to make this blog better. After blogging here for the better part of two years on issues that are relevant to our work here in the field, it is finally time to better […]
Have you ever noticed that when people ask you for “just two minutes of your time,” it almost never takes just two minutes? After 19 months, I am finally trying to learn a little more about who visits this humble blog and why, and what I can do to make it better. (Right now you […]
Until recently, the most memorable reference to coffee cupping I had ever read was the analogy made in The Coffee Cupper’s Manifesto by Paul Katzeff — founder of Thanksgiving Coffee, former SCAA president, political firebrand and baseball fanatic. Then, on a recent visit to Honduras, I discovered the coffee cupper’s prayer.
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 […]
In my last post I mentioned that we are hiring a director for the Borderlands Coffee Project, which will serve more than 3,000 farmers on both sides of the Colombia-Ecuador border. Earlier this month, I visited with partners and farmers in a half-dozen communities on the Colombia side as part of our project start-up activities. […]
Our work with smallholder coffee farmers has been focused to date on Central America and Mexico. Soon, we will be expanding our coffee footprint in the Americas to include the Borderlands Coffee Project in coffee communities on both sides of the Colombia-Ecuador border. We look forward to sharing here insights from those projects as they […]
The glitch that has had me offline for the past few weeks has finally been resolved. Thanks, Peter!