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Y Bel Eban coffee farmer

Drought aggravated by climate change is hurting coffee growers in the Mekong region, and intensive farming techniques are part of the problem. In villages around the city of Buon Ma…

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coffee_drying

Clouds of dust rose behind the wheels of the pickup truck as we hurtled over the back road in Palo Verde, El Salvador. When we got to the stone-paved part…

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Roast_JulyAug19_Article1_LastingImpactofCoffeeLeafRust

(Editor’s note: The following comes from an article by Chris Kornman that appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Roast Magazine. Click here to read the full article.) “Lucky” is…

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brewing_up_climate_resilience

Sustainability-minded parties in and around the global coffee sector have been issuing warning after warning about the damages climate change may wreak on the global coffee sector, particularly in the…

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robusta coffee plant

A two-year analysis of hundreds of Vietnamese robusta coffee farms found new evidence that single-crop (monocrop) farm systems are releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere than they are sequestering. Conversely,…

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By now, most of us have heard that the use of plastics is a big issue for the environment. Partly fuelled by the success of the BBC’s Blue Planet II series,…

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Espresso_McDCorp

Say what you will about McDonald’s place as one of the world’s largest beef-production-related greenhouse gas emitters — and there’s plenty to say about that — but the company seems…

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coffee insurance for colombian farmers

Coffee pod giant Nespresso and a startup insurance provider Blue Marble Microinsurance are piloting an innovative weather-related insurance program involving nearly 2,000 Colombian coffee farmers. The insurance initiative is attempting…

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coffee leaf rust plants dying

The coffee industry has traditionally and conveniently placed coffee varieties and cultivars into one of two simple categories when considering plants’ natural resistance to leaf rust disease: 1) resistant, or…

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colombia coffee

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red…

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