Coffee Research – What is next?

I reported before on our involvement in the Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative. This is a project funded primarily by coffee roasters to advance research into improving coffee quality, and improving the volume of quality coffee produced in the world. It’s not as if there is a lack of great coffee out there, but we are definitely on the threshold of seeing production of really good arabica drop, given greater consumption and agricultural issues with pernicious pest and disease.

Attention all Coffee Buyers!

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4
Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-04-01
Summary: 
Remember, origin is a long way from home, and some may not believe you were actually there.

Feb 2011: More Coffee Market Craziness; Life without Centrals?

Date: 
Tue, 2011-02-01
Quality: 
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Kenyaauctionhouse.jpg

Coffee is about to get ridiculously expensive. I sit here in Kenya as I write this, having set aside 271 bags of amazing coffee, but at prices that would have been unbelievable, even last year. Auction prices have hit new highs, $10.08 in last week’s auction. It's hard to speculate if those particular lots were bid up due to some prior arrangement with a buyer who specified no cap, or whether 2 parties thought the coffee was that good. (I cupped a different lot that went over $10 in the auction and did not think it was a real Gran Cru coffee).

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011: Mr. Natural No More

Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
Quality: 
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raised drying bed.jpg

Natural coffee sounds good, right? Who wants un-natural coffee? Of course, by “natural” we are talking about dry processed coffees, as opposed to wet processed or washed coffee. I'll be honest; over time I have begun to shy away from fruity naturals quite severely. The questions I ask when cupping them are: is the cup sweet? Is it a clean or a dirty fruit flavor? and will it last? (I mean will the fruit notes fade in a couple months and the cup just taste earthy and dull?) If the latter is true, then I am not doing anyone a favor by offering a coffee like that.

Our coffee shipment on the way from the Isle of St. Helena.

Quality: 
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Publication Date: 
Fri, 2004-11-19
Summary: 
Well, a sample of the latest shipment from St. Helena has come in, and the the news is not good.

I went to the SCAA in Seattle and all I got was this lousy pen …

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
Summary: 
I came in just after noon, checked in to the Crowne Plaza (the extra "e" means it's fancy, too fancy for me at least).

Cup of Excellence Roundup 2009

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Publication Date: 
Thu, 2009-01-01
Summary: 
Of course, we think the Cup of Excellence program is fantastic on quite a few levels.

From the Volcano, the Rarest Brew: Kona Coffee (NY Times article)

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2001-02-28
Summary: 
As you drive south along the west coast of the Big Island, you can't help smelling the coffee roasting.

In Panama, Sipping Coffee at It's Source (NY Times article)

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Mon, 2001-02-05
Summary: 
This article is interesting to us because we buy many of our Panamanican coffees from the Casa Ruiz mill in Boquete.

Brazil "Cup of Excellence" Auction - Fazenda Boa Vista

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2002-12-04
Summary: 
Fazenda Boa Vista was the lot we wanted from the outset of the 2002 Brazil C.O.E. Auction.

Brazil Coffee Auction. A list of the 2002 winners.

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2002-12-04
Summary: 
It's the middle of the Christmas rush, but its also time for the Brazil Auction.

Sampling of Coffee Bag Images

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Publication Date: 
Thu, 2004-01-01
Summary: 
Coffee is still transported as it was 200 years ago, in 60 to 70 Kg Burlap Coffee Bags. Here's a sampling of ours.

Review of "Uncommon Grounds" by Mark Pendergrast

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Publication Date: 
Thu, 2004-01-01
Summary: 
The World Before Starbucks : Review of "Uncommon Grounds"s

Organic and Fair Trade Coffee in Ethiopia (as of 2004) by Sarah Sherlock

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
Summary: 
This article provides and interesting background for developments in Ethiopia, including the relatively new organic and fair trade coops.
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