Today the CRS Coffeelands Blog celebrates the second anniversary of its inaugural post back on 9 November 2009. The blog has managed to turn our experience in CAFE Livelihoods and other projects at origin into more than 200 original posts over the past two years — posts that have generated thoughtful discussion among leading figures […]
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 […]
What do current market prices mean for certifications?
A few weeks after I published a post on Nariño’s domination of the 2010 Colombia Cup of Excellence, the coffee website Sprudge ran an excellent, in-depth piece on the controversy around the varietal of the lot that won the COE.
The Colombia Cup of Excellence competition held earlier this month may have marked the coronation of Nariño as the source of the country’s finest coffee. Farmers from Nariño claimed the first six spots and eight of the top ten. Such dominance leaves little doubt that the center of Colombian coffee has shifted definitively to Nariño.