60 years in coffee

“60 years. I have been working in coffee my whole life,” responded Dona Concepção when I asked her how long she had worked in coffee.  She welcomed us on her coffee farm in Lajinha, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with brewed coffee, fruit and pastries she and her children made for us. When we began walking through …

The Silent Majority: Independent Smallholder Coffee Farmers

Last month, during the Specialty Coffee Association of America conference in Boston, I had the privilege of organizing a panel about the need to include independent smallholder coffee farmers in the industry’s sustainability efforts.   These coffee farmers are smallholders who are not organized in a cooperative or other type of farmer organization.  The panel included: …