“What kind of detergent do they use in the fully washed process?” This was one of responses from some of my favorite—and snarky—baristas when we were discussing washed coffee. Obviously, they were kidding, but if you’ve never spent time at a coffee mill, which the majority of us coffee drinkers haven’t, then the world of … More The Process of Processing: A Primer on Coffee Processing
Awhile back, Paul Hicks touched on taking another look at the water footprint methodology for coffee in this post. This post is a continuation of that conversation and will consider a few more items that need to be thought of when discussing the water footprint of coffee. It is important to understand its current limitations … More 22. Revisiting Coffee’s Water Footprint
Below is a post recently posted on the CRS Coffeelands Blog that I authored to describe the new watershed management tool they have been working to build. Knowledge-based Coffee Watershed Management We know a lot about sustainable agricultural practices, and the specialty coffee industry has been a pioneer in incentivizing farmers to adapt good practices. … More 21. Calculating Water Benefits On Coffee Farms
If there’s one thing I know about the coffee industry, it’s that we love being sustainable. We wear it like an industrial badge of honor. We have solar roasters, compostable cups, bio-degradable bags, community gardens, and my personal favorite, shops with rainwater catchment systems—but there are many times when I think we’ve missed the forest … More 19. Sustaining Sustainability
Do we? It’s been three months since SCAA’s Symposium and I have been reflecting on several statements I heard while in Seattle. There were several that struck me, but the primary one was that 85% of wet mills do not use proven water efficient technology, as emphasized by Paul Hicks’ keynote. In their book Freakonomics, … More 18. Do We Really Care About Water?
If the 2015 SCAA Symposium had to be summarized in one word, I would summarize it with the word, “data.” We heard a lot of and a lot about data and the need for data derived decisions (alliteration win). I got the impression from presenters that we’ve been flying a little blind when it comes … More 17. Thoughts on Symposium 2015: Data Dangers
SCAA Market analysis people are awesome and they make awesome infographics—I’m a sucker for infographics. Above is data presented at the 2015 SCAA Symposium. Now, I realize we’re not all data nerds who love our percentages and bar graphs, but take heart! The infographic is incredibly encouraging for all of us involved in Cincinnati coffee, … More 16. The Oncoming Flood of Specialty Coffee: What Does It Mean For Cincinnati?
There are several ideas that have stuck with me through the last couple years. One of them was presented to me by a dinosaur hand puppet with lipstick and a purple hat. I was watching an early 90’s training video on the water cycle and this dinosaur was explaining water in prehistoric times and said, … More 15. Thoughts on Symposium 2015: Coffee & Water (Part 1)
When your SWAG bag has a steam pitcher, there are at least six different coffee experiences setup, raw coffee cherries from California coffee growers, and 400 coffee professionals from all walks of life in one building—you know you’re in the right place. So far this morning, we’ve heard about creating value in the entire coffee … More 14. Symposium 2015 (So Far)
This past week my wife and I harvested, pulped, processed, and are now in the process of drying a very select crop of Cincinnati Zoo coffee. I imagine this coffee will exhibit a flavor profile similar to other low altitude, greenhouse grown, constantly prodded at by small children, watered with chlorinated water, moved in a … More 13. Single Origin Cincinnati Zoo Coffee