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383. Stumptown releases Borderlands microlot

Stumptown Coffee yesterday released its first microlot from our Borderlands project in Colombia, comprised of small lots from four farms in Nariño. If you are interested in exceptional coffee, where it comes from, or both, we humbly suggest three actions: READ the post below for more detail about the amazing growers behind this amazing coffee; […]

377. Christmas comes early to the Borderlands

During the SCAA Strategic Leadership Summit in Seattle back in September, I noticed that Mark Stell of Portland Roasting was wearing a red plastic slap bracelet.  I am not a particular fan of plastic accessories, even when they are used to raise funds or awareness for a worthy cause.  I assume they mostly wind up […]

366. Coffee leaders visit Colombia’s borderlands

Nariño is a coffee-growing region on Colombia’s southern border with Ecuador that is renowned for the quality of its coffee but remains the source of relatively few coffees sourced directly by roasters paying premiums  for coffees of extraordinary quality.  The CRS Borderlands Coffee Project has enlisted the support of an Advisory Board that includes six […]

301. Borderlands coffee quality, by the numbers

The intensive baseline survey for our Borderlands project in Colombia and Ecuador will give us a detailed understanding the demographic, social and economic conditions in which participating farmers are living.  What it won’t tell us is anything about the quality of the coffee that they grow.  So we conducted a separate baseline process in Colombia […]

258. Borderlands baseline survey

I have been posting reflections and photos in recent weeks about the baseline study for the Borderlands Coffee Project.  Today, the baseline survey begins.  Over the next month, dozens of field agents will interview over 1,000 smallholder farmers as part of a thorough household-level baseline survey.  See the full household-level baseline survey here.  

136. Borderlands seeking coffee professional

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 […]

Moving from Savings Groups to Agroenterprises

Among the questions posed in the last entry was:  What are the best ways to organize farmers and achieve economies of scale? What models outside of cooperatives may be more realistic and sustainable? Contained within the question is whether how a group is formed matters. Does the path to forming a group orientated around a business objective matter? […]

Robusta farmers rewarded for quality in the 2nd Taza Dorada

The Coffeelands blogs suffers from a few coffee prejudices, which we readily admit to.  Our geographical base is in Central America and therefore our coverage tends to be towards issues that are of great concern in this part of the world.  We’re unabashedly Arabica centric as well.  You’ll find it in our daily drink and […]

A closer look at what a $2.75 /lb. FOB minimum price means

A few weeks ago, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters publicly committed to paying farmers in their supply chain a minimum of $2.75 FOB per lb. FOB (FOB stands for Free on Board, which means this is the price of the coffee ready for export) for all of Kickapoo’s green coffee purchases.  Their press release says that it […]

Building farmer organizations with social capital

We are temporary actors in the Coffeelands. Although CRS has been working for years in coffee origin countries (over 50 years of continued presence in Central America), projects are by their nature time bound interventions that are meant to create short and medium term benefits. Yet, our mission and the “big” goals of our work […]