I first met Dr. Borem at the Taste of Harvest coffee event in 2007, I believe. Over the past 5 years I have had the great pleasure of calling him my friend and getting to know the depth of his work with coffee. A professor at the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) and respected almost unilaterally in Brazil as an expert in post-harvest coffee and beyond, I have asked him to share some of his knowledge here in this blog. Also, every time that I have the opportunity to go to Lavras, I catch small glimpses of the work he and others are doing there to improve coffee quality. I have asked him to publish summaries of some of these studies so that we can observe some of the work being done with a product we love so much. (The assumption is made, dear reader, that if you are reading this you are most certainly a “coffee nerd.”) The first of these is an experiment in which I was able to participate, a study of Bourbon genotypes in three different environments in Brazil. I hope, dear reader, that you enjoy this and future articles by Dr. Borem, and I would like to express my deep gratitude to him for contributing to the blog.