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Portfolio | Issue No. 5 | Innovation

Cablevey Conveyors is a manufacturing company that develops and builds state-of-the-art systems used to convey specialty materials. Based on patented, gentle, cable-and-disc technology, our conveyors gently move products such as roasted and ground coffee through an enclosed tube without the use of air.  This virtually eliminates the product separation and degradation that occur with traditional …

Roya Recovery Project Info

Hemileia vastatrix, or Coffee Leaf Rust (Roya in Spanish), is a leaf fungus that causes significant damage to coffee plants and therefore the supply and quality of crop for several harvest cycles after infestation. Today, it is creating a state of emergency in many parts of Central America. Most experts conclude that a warmer-than -normal …

Once Upon A Coffee

By Mike Ferguson, Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters If hindsight is 20/20, then memory is myopic and has astigmatism. Human memory is beautifully and tragically flawed, nearly beyond measure and certainly beyond our willingness to admit. While this can be bad news within a justice system dependent on witness testimony, it is otherwise good news …

Coffee’s Volatile Ups and Downs

By Mark Pendergrast, Author of Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World The coffee market has always been volatile. Rumors of Brazilian frosts cause price hikes, while surprisingly large harvests produce dreadful price declines, along with misery for farmers and laborers, trouble for exporters and importers, and challenges for roasters …

The Green Trade

A Retrospective on the Business of Moving Coffee By Andi Trindle Mersch, Atlantic Specialty Coffee “A short article covering 30 years of trading coffee in a world that has changed so much is challenging, to say the least!” noted one of my first mentors in the green coffee trade business, Janis Cutler, Vice President of …