A grab-bag of ideas, instructionals and ruminations we've found on our internet adventures.
Green Coffee & Sourcing
A coffee shortage is coming, and it could last three years, importers warn
The effects of climate change and COVID-19 have combined to create a global shortage of green coffee, meaning prices will invariably rise. What does this mean for our industry?
Why Is Frost in Brazil Causing Global Coffee Prices to Increase?
Brazil has endured a freak frost season that has devastated the country’s coffee plantations. This article explores what happened and what it means for the future of the coffee industry.
Making Coffee with Lucia Solis (Podcast)
Lucia Solis' (a former winemaker turned coffee fermentation specialist) clear eyed meditations on specialty coffee. It's deeply thought provoking stuff. A mind-expanding listen. Essential.
Coffee Variety Catalogue by WCR
A catalogue of the most commonly cultivated coffee varieties, with info on yield, cup quality, nutritional requirements and lineage.
Counter Culture Variety Map
Our favourite variety map, tracing the lineage of the coffee varieties we know today over hundreds of years of evolution and breeding.
Cafe Imports Coffee Origin Guide
A guide to regions, harvest dates and varieties by country (bonus: coloured maps and helpful coffee grade decoding). Includes common regions as well as underdogs like Malawi, Jamaica and Yemen.
Direct Trade Coffee Adventures by Tom Owen
A hilarious parody by Tom Owen (of Sweet Maria’s), poking fun at buyers who spend a couple days a year in a coffee-producing country.
Dear Coffee Buyer—A Guide to Sourcing Green Coffee
Ryan Brown started at Ritual Coffee Roasters in SF and subsequently set up buying programs for many others. His sourcing strategies can all be found in this must-read.
A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties
Don’t be calling Ethiopian varieties ‘heirloom’ anymore. Why? Read this. Essential for anybody wanting to learn the ins-and-outs of coffee’s most unique and inscrutable origin.
The Fermentation Effect
A four-year research collaboration that attempts to better understand post-harvest coffee processing on coffee quality across different geographic locations.
The Caravela Podcast
A thought-provoking podcast from Caravela, a coffee exporter that facilitated the entry of thousands of coffee farmers into the specialty coffee market.
Roasting & Brewing
Was it the green? The roast? The extraction?
Anyone who’s QCd their own roast has asked “what went wrong?” when a cup doesn’t taste as good as they’d like. Scott Rao chats about how you might find answers.
James Hoffmann’s Dialling In Guide
When it comes to coffee, nobody is as thoughtful or eloquent as James Hoffmann.
Socratic Coffee—The Coffee Gadfly
Get schooled at the geekiest coffee place online, as a coffee nerd and a scientist join forces Mythbusters-style to test prevailing brewing equipment and extraction theories.
Can we create a climate-resistant coffee in time?
A great, short podcast about the rediscovery of Coffea Stenophylla and the promise it holds for the future of coffee production on a warming planet.
A new tasty coffee species? Coffea Stenophylla
A wild species of coffee from West Africa is resistant to warm temperatures and tastes like arabica! This article summarises the exciting finding.
Water activity in specialty green coffee: a long-term observational study (PDF)
Deep dive into the very real science of water activity: the energy status of water rather than its quantity in a system.
'In Good Taste' Podcast hosted by Ever Meister
The wonderfully thoughtful and articulate Ever Meister's podcast series that examines ethical issues raised when marketing coffee, including use of farmer photos, cultural appropriation, and more.
The global coffee market and the commodity exchange of coffee
A great blog by Sweet Maria’s, with links to research articles on “the global coffee market, coffee value, Fair Trade and commodity fetishism!”
Opposites Extract Podcast
The archives of this podcast are well worth exploring. It was hosted by Ever Meister and Joe Marrocco, two of coffee’s cleverest minds.
The SCA Podcast
A podcast from the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) presenting stories, lectures, and debates.
Sweet Maria’s Podcast
It’s no secret we’re fans of Tom Owen from Sweet Maria’s, a one-of-a-kind coffee human with a one-of-a-kind podcast. Worth an archive trawl.
The Coffee Podcast
Conversations with industry experts for coffee enthusiasts, from home brewing to sustainability.