For smallholder coffee farmers, a few small changes can mean big gains in productivity, quality and long-term sustainability. Take a group of coffee producers in Tanzania, whose coffee quality improved dramatically when they began to process beans at uniform coffee washing stations.
For coffee farmers in the Santa Lucía Teotepec community of Oaxaca, Mexico, the impacts of climate change are readily apparent.
As the climate warms in the world’s coffee producing regions, changing growing seasons and unpredictable rainfall are threatening the world’s coffee supply and the livelihoods of farmers, who are being forced to cultivate the fragile crop on higher ground or not at all.
Two decades after a devastating genocide that took the lives of 800,000 citizens, Rwanda’s people and economy are on the road to recovery. The country’s premium coffee beans have been an important part of that recovery.