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Technology of Our Own: Developing Information and Communication Technology for the Coffee Industry

By Stephanie Ratanas, Dogwood Coffee In every sector of the specialty coffee industry, growth and progress now demand more information and precision than ever before. Producers, exporters, importers, and roasters want greater detail about a coffee—they require cupping for quality down to the day of harvest and geographic area of a farm. Exactly measured data …

Climate Change: Adapting to a Changing Environment

By Alex Morgan, Rainforest Alliance. Contributions from Meredith Taylor, Counter Culture and Alvaro Gaitan, Ph.D.  head of Plant Pathology, Cenicafe. Climate change has already made the difficult even more difficult. Coffee farmers around the world are feeling the impacts of these changes, whether through increased frequency of floods or droughts, pest outbreaks, or catastrophic weather …

Technology & the Changing Role of Coffee Traders

By Rob Stephen & Hayden Kwast, Olam Specialty Coffee Over the past few decades, technology has changed the very nature of human interactions and relationships. Phone calls, letter writing, and in-person meetings have been complemented–and in many cases–replaced by social media posts, text messages, and video chats. The historically conventional and traditional coffee importer has …

People of Specialty Coffee: An Interview With Brant Curtis

Brant Curtis is the Director of Communication and Innovation at Curtis. How long has Curtis been manufacturing coffee brewing equipment? How did the company get started? We’re so stoked, because this year Curtis is celebrating it’s 75th anniversary, making it the nation’s oldest manufacturer of commercial coffee brewers. In 1941, my Great Grandfather (Wilbur Curtis) …