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
(Editor’s Note: I first met Dr. Shawn Steiman at the Association for Science and Information on Coffee (ASIC) conference last year in Campinas, Brazil (Click Here for Conference Link). A coffee scientist and consultant based in Hawaii, his The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet’s Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i is […]
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 […]
Etymology The Mogiana coffee region, which runs along the São Paulo side of a stretch of the São Paulo/Minas border, is named after the Companhia Mogiana Estrada de Ferro train line that ran through this area.
We commissioned a work from the children in the after-school art classes
I was able to swing by the Ouvidor bookstore in Belo Horizonte this past trip to Minas and picked up several books, including this one on Milton Nascimento. Hopefully this will make its way into English. Written by fellow Três Pontas native Maria Dolores, it traces Milton’s biography from […]
Belo Horizonte. This morning I went down to the Mercado Central. The market is quite well known, with products ranging from birds to cachaça to artisan handcrafts.