NPR Clip On Coffee

yesterday, detailing how there is more and more interest in quality coffee.

A little over the top for me, with a Somali coffee described as having "nuances of citrus" and a Guatemalan cup with a "fungal taste, reminiscent of mushrooms".

It sounded like a room full of wine dilettantes (none of whom knew what they were talking about).

My point is, there is going to be an increasing market for a primo bean, at a premium price. One piece of the program was a tasting of Guatemalan beans from the same finca, but picked at a lower, and then bean picked at a higher elevation. Same farm. The taster claimed he could easily tell the difference.

This gives a serious grower, someone who understands that the tress need to be drained in the rainy season, irrigated in the dry season, properly spaced, pruned and fertilized, ---an advantage over most of the coffee currently grown in Nicaragua, which is commodity coffee.

Beyond a really good bean, -- branding, (romance - think that guy with the burro from Colombia) and marketing ("my beans are organically grown, pruned by the light of the full moon, and picked by fair-trade orphans who lost their parents in the Sandiista revolution"), and marketing: having some hot Nicaraguan girl like MayBelle calling on the independent roasters.

I'll worry about the historical time-line later. How can I miss?

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the point (which is really unusual for you).

There IS great coffee in Nicaragua. Some people are already growing a great bean. Rob's coffee won rave reviews from all my friends who tasted it (although a good part of that is his skill with the roaster). I'm aware of the Taza competition; the cooperativa next to me won it one year. One of the reasons I bought where I did was their success.

When people talk about great coffee, what countries do you hear? Colombia, Guatemala, Hawaii, even Costa Rica. Why is that? They had Guatemalan coffee on the NPR segment, not Nicaraguan. You'd think a lefty outfit like NPR would give Nicaragua some special consideration.

These were not real "cuppers" a lá Taza de Excelenza, on the NPR segment; they were people who happened into some trendy coffee shop, a shop trying to get $5 for a cup of coffee. Beating Starbucks at their own game (I think I paid $4 at the Cancun airport Starbucks, and they had a line running around the corner. Part of it, the all-inclusive crowd trying to sober up before they got on the plane, but still )

Another thing: Guess where the bean for all of the $30 /lb Kona coffee originated? It's not native to Hawaii. . . .And why do THEY get $30 /lb for their coffee? Nicaragua has volcanic soil too . . .Why are most Nicaraguan growers -- (not all, true -Rob got $11/ lb from me)-- selling their beans for $1.85 ?

MayBelle could tell you the answer . . .it's why that bikini bottom was hiked up over her cheeks.

Meet the "Coffee Cartel" Mr Key West....

and welcome to Nicaragua...

Thank You

Do you think I could put MayBelle on a label?

It doesn't have anything to do with coffee, fair trade, but she is Nicaraguan AND organic.

Nicaragua just need to get

Nicaragua just need to get some half and half cream!!!! or some 18% cream!!!!

talked to a couple of small farmers up in waslala..

mostly about cacao..but its the same for coffee i would think..i wanted to go organic..and all that good stuff..lot more labor intensive..dosent produce as big a the long run..they told me they feel u will make as much if not more..with regular grown starting to put in coffee..will be putting in 14,000 trees soon..this way if its a bad yr for 1..will hope its a decent yr on the other


Met with three coffee growers this year about their efforts to go organic. Each one said exactly the same thing .... their production dropped by 50% when they went organic no matter what they did. The extra premium for organic coffee didn't come close to covering the shortfall in production. They all say they learned from their experiences and now use some biorganic methods to cut back on the use of industrial chemicals where it makes economic sense to do so, but would not attempt to try organic production again.

Cetrex: Coffee exports up but down...

Exports of coffee from Nicaragua in July totaled 146,823 bags of 60 kilograms, up 52.2 percent from the same month the previous season, according to data released Friday by the Center for Exports (Cetrex).

On a cumulative basis, exports to July in the cycle 2011/12, which started in October, reached 1,316,902 bags of 60 kilos, 5.9 percent less than the same period last season.

The nations of Central America and Mexico together produce one-fifth of the world's Arabica beans.