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(Specialty) Coffee and Our Health

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, Specialty Coffee Association of America We have been hearing a lot of chatter lately in the popular media about the health effects of coffee. Generally, it is great to have some media coverage, especially when the stories are favorable towards coffee. But why do we drink specialty coffee? We …

Wild Coffee Confirmed on the Upper Boma Plateau, Collected for Genetic Analysis; Or, My Star-Studded Botanical Treasure-Hunt

World Coffee Research Initiative in South Sudan  By Emma Sage, SCA Coffee Science Manager The Scene:   It was the tail end of the dry season in South Sudan. Our base camp, located in the small village of Jonglei, was dusty and despite being at 1100 meters elevation, was well above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. I had …

Why Does Shade Matter?

  By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA   As the specialty coffee industry grows more concerned with sustainable practices at origin, we often find ourselves in conversations about shade-grown coffee. No one will argue that shade-grown coffee is less sustainable than growing coffee in full sun plantations, but what scientific information exists to support …

New Research Update: The Impact of Coffee Processing on River Water in Ethiopia

By Emma Sage, Coffee Science Manager, SCAA A new study, published in the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, has investigated the specific environmental impact of coffee waste on river water in the Jimma Zone of Ethiopia. This research was undertaken by collaborators from Ethiopian, US and Belgium Universities, as well as the local Jimma …