Tracking fermentation in the cup

Monday, August 31st, 2015 

Katy Keisling reports on part 5 of our Experimentos En Cafe Colombia Project. It’s hard to believe that almost eight weeks have passed since I was wrapping up the implementation phase of our fermentation experiments with smallholder farmers in Colombia. Our Experimentos En Cafe project gave these farmers technological toolkits, including a pH meter with which ...

Larger stage reveals importance of monitoring project

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 
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Katy Keisling reports on part 4 of our Experimentos En Cafe Colombia Project. Last weekend as I rushed to the bus station in Huila, it suddenly hit me that my work here was coming to a close. After weeks of training farmers on how to use the toolkits, they are officially in farmers’ hands, and we ...

Collaboration takes monitoring project to new level

Thursday, June 25th, 2015 
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Katy Keisling reports on part 3 of our Experimentos En Cafe Colombia Project. I jumped back into the project last week on the heels of an incredible weekend of presentations, cuppings, panels, and workshops at the Let’s Talk Coffee® Colombia. The event, which brought people together from all corners of the country, was a true testament ...

Colombia producers start putting toolkits to the test

Monday, June 15th, 2015 
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Katy Keisling reports on part 2 of our Experimentos En Cafe Colombia Project. My week in Antioquia ended on a high note—and not just figuratively speaking. On our way to visit Fabio Reyes, a farmer participating in the project, Juliana took me on a quick side trip. Together we traveled up a mountain on an aerial ...

New project examines production variables at origin

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 

Katy Keisling is in Colombia working on a project—funded by Dutch NGO Progreso—to put technological toolkits in the hands of coffee farmers to measure variables in production.  It’s difficult to comprehend all the variables that can impact a coffee at origin. Start with the tree and its growing conditions: Does it get the proper amount of sunlight, ...