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    Does Dark Roast Coffee Have More Caffeine?

    A friend asked me, “do dark roast coffees have more caffeine than light roast coffees?”   I replied, no. But if you think that dark roasted coffee is stronger in caffeine, you’re mistaken. There are a few more factors that determine how strong coffee is, the biggest one is…

    By Jon Ferguson | July 14, 2020
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    How is Coffee Decaffeinated?

    According to research, two out of every 10 coffee drinkers drink decaffeinated coffee.  Decaf coffee sometimes receives a bad rap by coffee purists.  Historically, decaf coffee wasn’t given much thought in the coffee industry.   Recently however, improvements in the decaffeination process and more attention to select higher grade, raw…

    By Jon Ferguson | July 7, 2020
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    Coffee Amidst a Global Pandemic

    The Covid-19 pandemic has brought challenges to everyone. As they say, we are alone in this together. Yet coffee continues to bring us together on a global scale and reminds us that the entire…

    By Jon Ferguson | June 29, 2020
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    What is Espresso?

    Espresso has become a staple in many of our lives, where it has been introduced into every latte, mocha, and specialty coffee drink that is hand crafted by your local barista. But what is…

    By Jon Ferguson | June 23, 2020
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    How Nitrogen Flushing Keeps Coffee Fresh

    In a previous Arbor Day Coffee blog, we covered a few of the best methods for storing coffee at home to help preserve freshness. But what steps does Arbor Day Coffee take to ensure you are purchasing the…

    By Jon Ferguson | May 8, 2020
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    What is Coffee Cupping?

    When coffee professionals mention they are professional cuppers, context is everything.  Although coffee cupping can be considered therapeutic for some, the practice usually involves a professional coffee quality specialist tasked with ensuring the coffee…

    By Jon Ferguson | April 28, 2020
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    Upcycle Your Coffee Grounds

    Upcycling is a new term that is used to replace the traditional concept of recycling. The idea specifically refers to when discarded products are given more value.  In the case of coffee grounds, they…

    By Jon Ferguson | April 20, 2020
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    Coffee Brewing: Home Edition

    Whether your go-to drink was simply a hot black cup of coffee, espresso, cold nitro-brew, or iced coffee, now is the time to learn some quick and simple solutions for brewing coffee at home.    Rather than reinventing the…

    By Jon Ferguson | April 9, 2020
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    A Coffee Club with a Mission to Plant Trees

    So what’s all the hype around coffee subscriptions, monthly coffee boxes, and coffee of the month clubs? I’ll speak for myself and say that having delicious coffee delivered right to your door is such a fun, convenient, and useful way…

    By Kara Ficke | April 7, 2020
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    The Future of Coffee in Brazil is Shade-Grown

    According to research recently published earlier this year, Brazil’s Southeastern Mountain coffee growing region could see a drastic loss of its viable coffee growing landscapes by the year 2050, due primarily to the rising global temperatures caused by a changing climate.  But there is hope, in…

    By Jon Ferguson | April 2, 2020
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    What we can Learn From the Fight against Coffee Leaf Rust

    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…

    By Jon Ferguson | March 23, 2020
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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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    Why isn’t Arbor Day Coffee Bird Friendly® Certified?

    Clear-cutting forests to make way for agriculture and pastures doesn’t only remove critical forest lands, it removes critical wildlife habitat that depend on the forest for food, shelter, and nesting.  Bird Friendly® Certified coffee…

    By Jon Ferguson | March 3, 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