Equator Travel Blog

Worker Housing Ribbon Cutting at Our Coffee Farm Finca Sophia

Posted on Jun 29, 2011

by Helen Russell
We just returned from Panama, where we had a ceremony at our new coffee farm, Finca Sophia, to inaugurate the new worker housing there. It was such a moving experience to stand in a circle in front of the colorful new building with the family and workers who will live there, as well as other coffee farmers and neighbors, celebrating the completion of the project—a truly joyful occasion. The clouds in the high jungle hills parted and it seemed the sun shone down especially for our gathering.

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Ethiopia's Unique Aleto Wondo Region Captures the Interest of Equator

Posted on Apr 22, 2011

by Helen Russell
Recently the Equator team had the opportunity to participate in an event that not only highlighted the uniqueness of the coffee produced in Aleta Wondo, Ethiopia, but also illuminated the human side of coffee in this very special part of the world. Read more >>

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Cleaner Stoves = Better Coffee!

Posted on Nov 25, 2010

by David Pohl
The human health and environmental implications of cooking received a flurry of interest a month ago when Hillary Clinton announced that the US would contribute $50 million to the “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”, a new consortium of governments, NGOs and private enterprises dedicated to changing the way half the world cooks – on open fire pits. Read more >>

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The End Of Coffee As We Know it

Posted on Oct 09, 2010

by David Pohl
Coffee pundits are fretting about a coffee “shortage”, which has led to a 35% price spike over the past four months on the NY ICE Coffee Futures Exchange. We’re hearing dire predictions of doom and gloom, an “end to coffee as we know it.” Leave it to mainstream media and hedge funds to create a mountain out of a molehill. Yet as a green coffee buyer who scours the world over for the best boutique coffee, works with trusted importers and growers to bring it to my doorstep, roasts it with artisan sensibility and packages it for the retail and wholesale coffee market, I am inundated with high quality coffee – more than I know what to do with. The truth is that while there are legitimate concerns about supply, from where I sit the future of coffee has never looked so good. Read more >>

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Finca Sofia - The Road Ahead

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

by David Pohl
I just returned from a month on our farm in Panama.  I have been writing about the progress on the worker housing as well as good news we received about the health of our coffee trees. Things are looking good.  Read more >>

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The Farm Looks Great

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

by David Pohl
This week, my second of three on the ground in Panama,  we had a visit from Edgardo Miranda, a well respected Panamanian agronomist and coffee producer.  Edgardo has been visiting Finca Sofia since the day we bought it, and has been involved in the development of it from an unplanted piece of land to what it is today - something approaching a coffee farm. One week of plastering done! Read more >>

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Finca Sofia Update - Week One!

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

by David Pohl
I have been on Finca Sofia for just over a week and have seen amazing progress with the worker housing we are building. Read more >>

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Vac-Pac, Grain-Pro or Jute? A New Test!

Posted on Jun 17, 2010

by David Pohl
There are many ways to store green coffee after it has been processed and prepared for export.  Traditionally coffee was put in "jute" - a fiber like burlap.  Due to concerns of the "bagginess" of coffees stored in jute too long, coffee exporters have been experimenting with other forms of packaging.  We have reported in blogs and Facebook posts on some of the other types of packaging solutions, and in this blog we want to report on a cupping we recently did comparing a one-year old coffee in vac-pac versus the same one-year old coffee in grain-pro.Vac-Pac, Grain Pro and Jute  Read more >>

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Finca Sofia - Snake Bites!

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

by David Pohl
Two days ago our field supervisor, Angel, was bitten by a venomous snake. He was rushed to the hospital in David by Kelly Hartmann, farm manager, and given the antidote immediately. Kelly Shows of the Teeth of the Snake  Read more >>

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SCAA Perspectives - Ecuador Perla Negra and Decaf Colombia

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

by David Pohl
I am just back from SCAA in Anaheim.  This wonderful event highlighted some spectacular advances in coffee quality.  In particular I had the pleasure of cupping coffees from Ecuador and Colombia that "reset" my expectations for these origins. Read more >>

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