What We Talk About When We Talk About Sustainability, Part One

If you're buying specialty coffee in America in 2015, and definitely if you're reading this blog, you're having sustainable coffee marketed to you extensively. Sustainable coffee is a multi-billion-dollar segment of the coffee market, and more roasters pop up every year selling coffee with a veneer of environmental and/or social ethicism. This is Part One of a planned series in which I explore … [Read more...]

Los Meses Flacos: Seasonal Hunger in the Coffeelands

  Today is World Food Day, and we would like to take this opportunity to talk about coffee-related food scarcity. Coffee is harvested at various times throughout the year, depending on where it is grown. The harvest period in any region lasts a few months (in some countries, like Colombia and Kenya, there are two harvests a year: the main harvest, during which the best coffees that … [Read more...]