Learnings from Aguadas – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

ANDREA OTTE shares learnings from Aguadas, a program she introduced in Issue 10’s “Vision Check,” examining how it could provide a blueprint for farmworker inclusion in this 25 Magazine online exclusive. In places such as Colombia, where the regional style of production means that farmers oversee processing from cherry to dried parchment, the role of workers is …

Colombia’s Cafeteritos – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

Photographer JUAN PÁEZ asks: With so many of the younger generation seeking job opportunities and education elsewhere, is it possible to preserve Colombia’s coffee culture? Since 2011, Marsella Risaralda has been a part of the UNESCO-protected Colombian Coffee Cultural Landscape, made up of six sites with eighteen urban settlements inthe central part of the Andes …

Vision Check – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

ANDREA OTTE asks: Why does farmworker invisibility persist? What can be done? Photos by JUAN PÁEZ. This low profitability, combined with difficult, often dangerous working conditions and discrimination against women, migrants, and minorities, has led to circumstances of profound hardship and uncertainty for many farmworkers. To challenge this, we often look to premiums associated with …

The Fermentation Effect – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

SOPHIA JIYUAN ZHANG and FLORAC DE BRUYN share research findings amassed during a four-year research collaboration focused on creating a better understanding of the impact of post-harvest coffee processing on coffee quality across different geographic locations. As we walk along this path through the seeds, fruits, green coffee beans, roasted beans, and, finally, a brewed …

Drinking Local – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

VICENTE PARTIDA sat down with development economist and SCA Board Member VERA ESPINDOLA RAFAEL to learn more about the preliminary results of a forthcoming research project challenging the industry to rethink the pervasive export-oriented approach to coffee growing. Supported in part by the SCA, Vera set off to conduct interviews with coffee producers, buyers, roasters, …

Bouncing Back: Resiliency in Specialty Coffee – 25 Magazine, Issue 10

ERIKA KOSS explores the many ways in which we define “resilient” and why it matters in specialty coffee. An explosion of “resilience research” – noted by Swedish scientist Dr. Carl Folke – has seen 250 scientific publications on resilience in 2006 increase to more than 6,000 in 2016. As the Co-founder and Science Director of …

A Search from Within: Investigating the Genetic Composition of Panamanian Geisha – 25 Magazine, Issue 9

STEPHANIE ALCALA explores the current state of genetic diversity and how we can create climate resilient crops, as she shares some highlights from her research project investigating the genetic composition of the beloved Panamanian Geisha.[1] The specialty coffee industry is most vulnerable to climate change, because it relies solely on the production of Coffea arabica, …