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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' leaves.   Without foliage the plant is unable to breathe, ceasing to produce fruit and eventually dies. 1

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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 production for years to come. 

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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 the same, or all Guatemalan coffees are the same.  Wrong, again.  I am learning that coffees from the same country can vary in taste, aroma and body.  How?

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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)

Brazil produces millions of bags of coffee, but how many individuals are involved in the coffee industry in Brazil?

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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 April.  It showcases the chronic seasonal hunger that effects small scale coffee farmers in Central America.   This seasonal hunger more than likely effects a majority of small scale coffee

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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 producing country has its' own coffee story and interesting facts.  Over the next few months we will look at various coffee producing countries, and provide a quick snapshot so you can learn about th

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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 emergency.  In Guatemala and El Salvador the amount of rain that fell in 18 days equaled the amount that usually falls in 5 months!

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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 for a Guatemalan child attending school is 3 years.   For most families in Guatemala education is a luxury.

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