Had a great time with the FedEx folks. Learned a ton!
I had the honor of being invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Rainforest Alliance Competition in Campinas Brazil this past Thursday.
Poço Fundo, Minas Gerais. The next morning we woke at 4am to make sure that we made it out to the Pereiras by 5 in order to capture Ana Claudia’s complete day. Like Jose Elias, her day begins before the sun rises. She walks about 1km to catch the bus […]
(Poço Fundo, Minas Gerais) Progresso We are proud to directly impact eight lives by providing merit scholarships to the children of coffee producers. We thought it would be great to give you some insight into the lives of some of these kids, for ultimately it is our hope that the […]
Matas de Minas From Lavras we headed north to Manhuaçu, the major coffee trading center of the Matas de Minas Coffee Region. As I have mentioned in previous blog entries, although this region is historically known in Brazil for its low-quality coffee, within the past few years it has been […]
A very interesting and touching Globo Rural edition this morning about Brazilians that were forced out of Paraguay with threats and acts of violence by rural gangs associated with the Landless Workers Movement in Paraguay. They have returned to Brazil, and landless and penniless they have formed a tenement settlement […]
So after two days at the Curso Internacional de Degustação e Classificação de Café, I must say that my expectations have been exceeded. Granted, my expectations were fairly low, not because of anything I had heard or any negative perceptions about the ACS, but simply because spending one month classifying […]
Visit Luis Adauto, Brazilian Coffee Producer of the Year in 2007, and he may just start digging.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of legendary Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at various interpretations of one of his most famous works, Bachiana No. 5
For the sake of simplicity, I here reinforce the stereotype that all producers like country music (or at least all those from whom we bought coffee). Probably not true; however, probably not far from it either. The point of this entry is to give you a better sense of the […]