Women farmers win first Myanmar coffee competition

Marcel Pereira of the Coffee Quality Institute poses with competition winners Daw Phyu Pu (left) and Daw Mya Hnin (right)

I’m pleased to announce the results of the first national coffee cupping competition held in Myanmar this May, where two women smallholder farmers were awarded first and second place in their category and the overall event. Results were announced and trophies presented at a formal ceremony last week in Pyin Oo Lwin. I had the […]

Science backs coffee as a healthy part of your diet

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Popular YouTube medical investigation series Healthcare Triage recently featured coffee and its impact on health. The results are not surprising to those of us working in the coffee or medical industries but still, the image of coffee as a vice persists despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. Dr. Aaron Carroll, who is featured on […]

Falling coffee prices threaten supply


Last week’s interview with the New York Post was a quick one: J.M. Smucker, major producer of American grocery store retail coffee brands Millstone, Dunkin’ Donuts, Folgers and others announced a 6% price cut and smaller package sizes in order to attract customers lost in recent years’ price hikes. It’s a straightforward story of a […]

Coffee’s latest manufactured health craze


About three or four weeks ago, I started receiving calls from journalists reporting on the latest fad plaguing the coffee industry, called “Bulletproof Coffee.” Promoters of the Bulletproof brand of lifestyle products claim that buying (I jest not) “bioactively rich” coffee and mixing it with butter offers vague health benefits including, “energiz[ing] your mind and […]