New York City, the city that never sleeps. A city where 8,5 million people speak 300 different languages. In NYC, within 5 districts there are over 1,700 coffee shops – and 272 of them are Starbucks.
To become an Authorized SCA Trainer (AST) you need to know a lot about coffee. Here’s some basic info about AST and my experience from a two-day AST course.
Costa Rica is a Central American country that is almost the same size as Estonia in terms of area, but has four times the population. While the crops ideally suited to the Estonian climate are carrot, beet and turnips, in Costa Rica it’s bananas, melons and coffee. In this blog post I discuss how coffee is grown in Costa Rica and what I saw and experienced on my travels.
World of Coffee, the ’Oscar Gala’ in the coffee world, was held this year in Amsterdam, from 21-23 of June. While most of Estonians celebrated Midsummer day - made camp fires, barbecued and enjoyed the longest night of the year - I took part of World of Coffee, where the World Barista Championship competition took place this year. I saw and discovered new coffee trends and machines, new origins, varieties and listened to lectures on various different subjects.
At the end of October, Paulig launched a coffee grounds campaign in Estonia. In 25 days we collected 4.4 tons of used coffee grounds, thanks to the companies and citizens who joined the project. The energy company Nelja Energia produced over 2,000 kWh of bioenergy from coffee grounds at their biogas plant. With that green energy we covered the energy needs of five households in SOS Children's Village for one month.
From May to June, I took a journey from bean to cup in Kenya. I spent two weeks in Nyeri county and two weeks in Embu county. I had an opportunity to do all activities what is possible in coffee world – Meet with coffee farmers and their stories, help farmers on the field, pick berries, wash coffee, grade and sort coffee. What I saw, learned and experienced, you can see on my photos with descriptions.
From May to June, I spent 4 weeks in Kenya at coffee farms and I had a chance to meet about 15 coffee farmers. Listen their stories, get an overview what are the risks and challenges for coffee farmers. How they live every day, what their homes and farms look like. What makes a coffee farmer happy, what are the hopes and expectations of a coffee farmer. In the following interview, you can read the thoughts of an young coffee farmer David from Kenya.
Have you ever wondered what happens in a coffee farm before the beans are roasted by a coffee roastery? Coffee farms come in different sizes and all have different methods of farming and processing but here is one example from Kenya where I visited early 2019.