Tag Archives: coffee
Posted on 18. Sep, 2014 by Viktorija Aleksejeva.
In the 18th century the Swedish botanist, Carolus Linnaeus, renamed the cocoa tree giving it the Greek name Theobroma Cacao, which literally means ‘food of the Gods’. Throughout its history, whether as a cocoa drinking chocolate or confectionery treat, chocolate has always been much sought after. But few people think about the lengthy labor-intensive process […]
Posted on 31. Jul, 2014 by Dan Ruth.
The first time I visited Nicaragua — one of the major coffee-producing countries in Central America and a focus of Ground Up: The LWR Coffee and Cocoa Initiative — I was perplexed that the only coffee we had to drink was prepackaged instant coffee. Nowhere in sight were the beautifully bistre roasted beans of the […]
Posted on 24. Jul, 2014 by Lutheran World Relief.
Guest post by David Fuerst, LWR’s Senior Director for Philanthropic Engagement “This phone has changed my life!” That’s what Bernard Magombe told me when I recently sat down with him on a visit to an LWR coffee project in Bumweru, Uganda. To be honest, I had mixed reactions to his proclamation. I think of my […]
Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by Loren Hyatt.
I have a secret – I’m not a coffee drinker. Despite months of working on LWR’s coffee programming in Asia—including Temu Kupi, an international coffee forum LWR hosted with Green Mountain Coffee and Fair Trade USA—I got away without drinking any coffee. It’s not that I don’t support the farmers who participate in our programs […]
Posted on 22. May, 2014 by Emily Sollie.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news the last couple of days, you might have seen something about coffee rust, or roya, a coffee plant disease that’s devastating coffee crops in Central America. While organizations like LWR have been aware of – and working to combat – roya for a long while, it’s been […]
Posted on 15. May, 2014 by Chandler Carriker.
Driving through the mountains of Nicaragua and looking out over the valleys, I don’t feel all that far away from the pine-filled mountains and valleys of western North Carolina that I once called home. In Nicaragua, unfortunately, deforestation is affecting the beautiful pine trees and harming small-scale farmers. Fortunately, many of those small-scale farmers are […]
Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 by Annalise Udall Romoser.
Leaf rust is the common name for a nasty little fungus, Roya, which causes big problems for coffee plants. Leaf rust first appears on the underside of the leaves of coffee plants as yellow spots, and can ultimately cause the leaves to turn black and fall off. This severely damages coffee plants, reducing yields. When […]