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Pictured: Thomas Kaliawa, owner and operator of Kailiawa Coffee Farm in Hawaii who had one of his coffees features as a 2011 Coffee of the Year.

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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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This past weekend I attended the Specialty Coffee Association of Americas (SCAA) 23rd Annual Exposition in Houston, Texas. As a newbie to the coffee world, I did not know what to expect. Ill be honest, my interaction with coffee has been limited to either buying a cup of coffee from a shop, or brewing a batch at home. I always thought coffee just grew in a field, it was harvested, and then shipped to grocery stores and cafs to serve. So when I walked into the SCAA Exposition I was shocked! I had no idea how many people and hours are involved in producing one cup of coffee.

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