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    What we can Learn From the Fight against Coffee Leaf Rust

    By Jon Ferguson | March 23, 2020

    Before the recent outbreak of COVID-19 began in the United States, I wrote a blog about some of the conditions that scientists have identified as underlying conditions for the  devastating toll coffee leaf rust brought in Central America, most recently in 2012.   I cannot help but reflect what many ecologists, plant pathologists, agroecologists, and even anthropologists have learned about why coffee rust spread rapidly and compare these underlying conditions and variables that are shared in helping control the further outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic we are facing today.   It is…

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    Visiting Coffee Micro Lots in Jinotega, Nicaragua

    In early 2016, the Arbor Day coffee program continued to new coffee growing areas that were making new strides in the specialty coffee industry.  Central America has always been a hot spot for specialty coffee production, with the most…

    By Jon Ferguson | March 6, 2020
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    Do’s & Don’ts of Brewing Coffee

    I don’t know where to begin, so why don’t we begin at the bottom. Let’s talk about the burners in the room, the burners under those glass carafes that keep coffee hot in your coffee brewer at home, office,…

    By Jon Ferguson | February 13, 2020
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    What is the Best Way to Store Coffee at Home?

    Working for almost 15 years in the specialty coffee industry, this question comes up quite often. There are several ways to maintain your coffee’s fresh flavors and are usually achieved by simply changing a…

    By Jon Ferguson | February 7, 2020
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    A Review on, Coffee Landscapes Shaping the Anthropocene (Part 1)

    A Three-Part Blog Series This blog is a review of an academic paper published in the August 2019 issue of Current Anthropology titled Coffee Landscapes Shaping the Anthropocene: Forced Simplification on a Complex Agroecological Landscape.   Introducing the…

    By Jon Ferguson | January 22, 2020
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    The Seasonality of Coffee

    Have you ever found yourself shopping for your favorite coffee only to learn that the variety isn’t in season? Like other fresh products, coffee has different growing seasons throughout the year. Because of the many…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 18, 2019
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    Measuring the Quality of Coffee

    What does exceptional quality coffee taste like? There are factors that affect the quality of coffee. Since coffee is an agricultural product, it faces the same challenges as most foods such as spoilage,…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 12, 2019
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    The Carbon Footprint of Coffee

    The topics of carbon emissions and global warming have gained a good deal of attention in recent years, and coffee has an important part to play in the discussion. Greenhouse gases warm the Earth…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 5, 2019
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    Back to the Roots: History of Arbor Day Coffee

    Did you know the Baltimore orioles are responsible for the Arbor Day Coffee program? To be clear, we are talking about the beautiful and colorful bird, icterus galbula, not the team that produced Cal…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 1, 2019