Kelly Stein

Coffee Irrigation

Photo courtesy CONAB

August marks the beginning of green coffee exports from the largest and perhaps most spectacular coffee harvest in Brazil in 150 years. Estimates are firm at a combined 58 to 60 million 60-kilo bags of arabica and robusta. more


Ipanema Coffees invested $10 million in technology at its new coffee processing mill on the Rio Verde Farm, Brazil more


Tracing the origin story from seed to cup is the ultimate in marketing artisan coffee. more


A surge of global initiatives promote rights and harassment-free workplaces for women. more


Brazil Bets on Specialty Conilon

Photo byHarley Kalk da Silva (courtesy of Venturim Farm)

New clonals, post-harvest fermentation techniques, and better processing methods are some of the tools now used to produce high-quality conilon coffees in Brazil. more

Features 1 Comments

A blind cupping by 16 of the best Cup of Excellence judges in the world awarded a complex Brazilian natural all-time record score of 93.60. The coffee from Fazenda Camocim was the first coffee produced by biodynamic methods to ever win the top prize. more

Features 1 Comments

Biodynamic agricultural methods are not popular among producers in Brazil. more


The global instant market is expected to grow 5% through 2022. more


Cerrado Mineiro is the first coffee-producing region in Brazil to be legally protected as a designation of origin. more


Coffee varietals bear as many as seven seeds. more


Modern Decaf


Aging coffee drinkers are a predictable business opportunity for decaffeinators but a surprising number of younger coffee drinkers are driving growth. more


Women are perhaps the greatest untapped resource available to avert challenges to the global coffee industry. more


Temperature increases make southern Brazil, once a powerhouse of production, coffee-friendly again. more


The Birth of Coffee Science

Photo courtesy of IAC

A century ago, the countryside town of Campinas was the high-tech center of coffee production in Brazil and, probably in the world. Founded in 1887, it will celebrate its 130-year anniversary in June. more


'Voiceless' Women in  Brazil Raise a Shout

Photo courtesy Ernesto Ricciardi, Coffee Museum, Santos, Brazil.

Two important international coffee reports on the contributions of women in coffee largely dismiss women’s role in Brazil, prompting outcry and a national survey to quantify their participation. more

Features 2 Comments

Robusta varietals were first planted in Brazil only 60 years ago* at Cachoeiro de Itapamerim but commercial farms did not spread far until the 1990s. Today Brazil is the second largest robusta producer in the world with coffee covering 2.5 million ac more


Robusta shortfall in Brazil

Photo courtesy INCAPER

Solubles manufacturers in the world’s largest robusta producing country may be forced to import coffee. more


Managing the entire length of a coffee chain is a business bet that is paying off for a Brooklyn roastery, its two farms, and mill and warehouse in Brazil and a coffee shop in the heart of New York City. more


Nature and Society in Sacred Balance

Photo courtesy ANEI website

The Arhuaco people of Colombia are one of four indigenous groups of coffee producers whose sustainable practices go well beyond marketing strategies. Maintaining balance with nature is their life philosophy, their cultural identity. more


The free STiR newsletter is sent once each month with news updates, important information and upcoming events.


Subscribe ad