Author Archive | Rachel Northrop

Shade agroforestry system at Oro Molido in Fredonia, Antioquia

Shade Grown Coffee: What it means for you, the farmers, and the crop

Coffee grows on trees, but it can also grow underneath and around them. Coffee is sometimes labeled as “shade grown” and in order to understand the benefits of shade grown coffee, it is important to review the different ways in which coffee in grown. Arabica vs Robusta Coffee is not a uniform crop; there numerous varietals of […]

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Gladys, left, with her farm in the background

Is Coffee Sustainable? Learn what these 3 big certifications mean for you, farmers, and the planet.

  Fair trade coffees and direct trade coffees aim to make coffee production a viable livelihood for farmers in the dozens of countries where coffee is grown. Fair trade is not a single, stagnant solution; it is an evolving model (really a set of models) designed to advocate to for people who have, in the […]

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