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Safe Water

Sep 9, 2013 |

Blog Post Written by Amanda Crossland, Product Manager for BUNN Home Products Division

 In the United States we often take clean drinking water for granted.  A recent trip to Guatemala opened my eyes to how fortunate we are to have healthy, safe water.  According to ecofiltro, 90% of the rivers and streams in Guatemala are...

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Coffee Farmers Face Tough Choices

Jul 31, 2013 |

Blog post is written by Amanda Crossland, Product Manager for BUNN Home Products

I recently had the opportunity to tour Los Pastores coffee farm in Guatemala and see the devastation of coffee rust or Roya first hand.  Roya is a parasitic leaf fungus that deprives the coffee plant of nutrients.  Farmers in Guatemala are facing difficult choices that will impact...

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Coffee Leaf Rust affecting coffee plants in Central America

Mar 12, 2013 |

Pictured above: Roya, or coffee leaf rust, on the leaf of a coffee plant in Guatemala.

During a trip to origin this past February, we witnessed the devastating Roya disease affecting the coffee crops in Central America, including Guatemala.  Roya, or coffee leaf rust, is a parasitic fungus that deprives the coffee plant of nutrients which results in the plant losing its'...

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Coffee: Snapshot of Ecuador

Jun 12, 2012 |

  This month we are taking a glance at the coffee producing country of Ecuador. 

Ecuador, located in South America, is a small country that is roughly the equivalent size of the state of Nevada. (Ecuador Unplugged)  This relatively small country has a very diverse climate...

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Coffee: Snapshot of Colombia

Apr 27, 2012 |

As you sip your morning cup of coffee and enjoy the flavorful, hot beverage gliding down your throat do you ever wonder about the origin of the coffee you're enjoying?   Are you curious about the story of the coffee farmers who cultivated the coffee crop?  I know I am!  It is amazing that coffee is grown in so many different countries around the world.  Each coffee...

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Coffee: Snapshot of Brazil

Mar 16, 2012 |

Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, so how much coffee are we really talking about?  Well, let's take a closer look at this coffee producing heavy weight.

  • Brazil produces nearly a third of all the coffee produced worldwide?!  In 2010, Brazil harvested nearly 48.1 million bags of coffee. (Caf De Brazil website)...
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Mother Nature had Different Plans for This Year’s Coffee Crop Forecast

Nov 30, 2011 |

October was a tragic month for many living in Central America.   Heavy rains caused landslides and floods across Central American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and parts of Mexico. At least 105 people lost their lives with an additional million people displaced. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua declared states of...

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The Thin Months

Sep 8, 2011 |

I recently watched a film titled After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands.  The film premiered at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Symposium and Exposition in Houston this...

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Coffee takes on taste of the region

Aug 10, 2011 |

I used to think coffee is coffee, meaning it didnt really matter where it came from because it all tasted the same.  Boy was I wrong!  Coffee is a plant that produces cherry-like fruit from which the beans are eventually extracted and distributed.  Coffee is grown in approximately 50 countries that span the globe. [2]  So then I assumed, all Kenyan coffees taste...

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Education Breaks the Cycle of Poverty for Guatemalan Children

Jul 15, 2011 |

Pictured above: Alison Kelly (left) in the classroom

Imagine lining up 100 school aged children, and out of those 100 you can only pick 5 to go on to high school.  This may seem like an absurd concept to you, but to children in Guatemala it is reality. The national average...

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