Gone Fishing

The office will be closed until Thursday  August 9th. Thanks for your understanding.

We’re off to coffee country and the beauty of the east Andes. Photos/news to follow!

Links: 6/25/15

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a few links for your perusal:

Links:

Peru shoots for $1 billion in coffee exports next year

Why birds hit windows and what you can do to prevent it

Average Coffee prices decline in May

Roasting level alters the nutritional benefits of coffee

Rural roasters can learn to roast coffee online

The French Press: A history and brewing guide

Black bear maulings in Alaska really odd

Rare blue bioluminescent plankton (cool!)

Amazing underwater photographs show Antarctic beauty

Crown Jellyfish (Photo: National Geographic)

Links: 6/7/17

It’s getting warm here in northwest Arizona, which is typical this time of year. Often, we’re stuck inside as the sun is too hot to hang outside for very long. Time for a nice cold brew!

Meanwhile, here’s something for your summertime sipping pleasure:

National Parks have never been more popular

 This is how Google will collapse

An International trainers’ advice for learning coffee

A breakthrough for solar power in Arizona

Girl stuns Americas Got Talent judges with her mind boggling singing ventriloquism

Italy is giving away over 100 castles for free

Small towns saved by legal marijuana (but what happens when it’s legal everywhere?)

New study says that coffee is good for your liver

Maturing Coffee beans

 

Links: 5 19 17

The bee saga continues at home. Luckily, the beekeeper will be here on Monday morning, so we can walk a little easier outside.

What started as just a few bees quickly morphed into a dark group of thousands of bees at the top of our front porch. During the day, the bees are still active in the porch, but also a large “clump” of bees has taken up residence on the ground at the edge of the porch below a Juniper tree. It’s a first for us…

We also had a recent visit from seven javalina. Below are some links of interest. Enjoy! Have a great weekend…

Bees in a mound

Javalina stopped by…

Links: 

Direct Trade principles not always followed by many companies

Why stopping coffee gives you a headache

Coffee Improves Mood (Studies confirm, but you already knew this!)

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 3 second increments (worth the 7 minutes…very cool)

Graphene Sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Farming without soils

 

Specialty Coffee Expo 2017

The 2017 Specialty Coffee Expo was once again held in Seattle this year. It was another fabulous experience, and a chance to see many of our coffee friends and acquaintances.

We were happy to see that Peru was well represented again this year. It seems like every year they just take it to another level. We participated in a cupping of several award winners, as well as some wonderful naturals and honeys. It’s exciting to see the quality of Peruvian coffee return to the excellence that we saw before coffee rust wiped out so many farms in 2012. Go Peru!

We took a ton of pictures from the exhibit hall, but probably only touched on everything there. It was impressive! I had roaster envy with all of the many roasters on display, and there were so many delicious coffees for endless sampling. (I was pretty wired at the end of every day!)

Anyway, here’s a little photo blast from the exhibit halls plus bonus Pike St Market (Cupping pics toward the bottom:) Read more

Links: 4/14/17

Here’s a few links for your weekend reading pleasure. Have a good one, and be safe…

Links:

Coffee – the journey in video

How much does it cost to plant coffee?

Amazing heat storage device….from the middle ages

7 Secrets to perfect compost

Megafloods formed this amazing area in eastern Washington State

10 Companies control everything you buy

Water has built up in a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon, Now what?

Specialty Coffee Association Big Event April 20-23, Seattle

China plans Panda reserve 3 times the size of Yellowstone

 

Links: 2/19/2017

It’s been a rainy and windy weekend, but it portends gorgeous wildflowers in the Spring. The wildflowers of the desert Southwest are particularly beautiful in good year, and this last rain should do it. Meanwhile, it’s cool here (low 50s) while it was upper 60s in Ohio yesterday…

Links:

Coffee tax, Oh no!

A Specialty Coffee Tour of Cartagena, Columbia

New Flour from Coffee Cherries is used for making Tea

 The 5th edition of Chocoa will take place from February 22nd until 26th 2017 in Amsterdam

Strange drones creeping out homeowners…

Coffee Blossom Honey, from Coffee farmer to your table

Is adding sugar to coffee really that bad? (To each his own, I figure)

Hawaii for the coffee connoisseur

 Enjoy!

 

Real People, Really Good Coffee February 2017

You might think that all we think about is coffee, and although it consumes the majority of our time, we do also have other interests. One of those interests is the community of Yucca, Arizona where we live. Yucca is a small town, but has a rich history and in the last few years many people have moved here, as the 150,000 acre Santa Fe Ranch was developed into 40 acre parcels beginning in the late 1990’s.

Many folks have moved to this paradise where Mohave desert meets Sonoran blue skies in order to escape the craziness and noise of the cities. The quiet of the desert coupled with the natural beauty here is an inspiration to artists as well as anyone who is creative.

One of those artists is Jim Federico who moved to this area from California. Jim had a vision of a mural for the town, and impromptu meetings led to the formation of the Yucca Area Arts Council (YAAC.) It took over a year of discussions, sketches, and planning, but we are now beginning the long awaited mural. Many thanks to all who have labored to make the mural a reality.

Work started Tuesday February 7th, and we continued on the 10th. Next week, more!

Here’s a look of where we are as of today:

 

Yucca Mural 2017

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Links 2/3/2017

Hope everyone has had a good week. It was busy, but otherwise uneventful here in the desert of Northwest Arizona. Finally, the cold spell has broken and our daytime temperatures are in the upper 60s to low 70s again. Not a sign of rain in the forecast here, so our hopes of a special Spring wildflower season are diminishing. More rain, please!

Here are some links for your weekend reading pleasure. Enjoy.

Robot cafe serves coffee in San Francisco

African Fine Coffees Association February 15-17th, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

CoffeeCon Los Angeles February 25-26

World of Coffee Budapest – 13-15 June 2017

Specialty Coffee Global Expo – Seattle April 20-23

Technology making Coffee more appealing to youth

Scientists have sequenced the genome for Arabica coffee

Teach your friends the joy of great coffee – 5 steps

Now it’s getting serious – Bacon Shortage 2017

Bonus Photo:

Along Planet Ranch Road, NW Arizona

Links: 01/24/17

Finally getting caught up enough to be able to start posting. All is well, and the coffee is selling. It’s a good thing, although tiring some days. We’re enjoying the recent rain & light snow dusting in the Hualapai mountains. It portends to be an especially good wildflower season this year.

Snow on the Hualapai Mountains 1 24 17

 National Coffee Association 2017 Austin Registration Opens (Roast Magazine)

Lots of New Roasters in 2016 (Roast Magazine)

Man Charged with DUI – Under the influence of Caffeine!

Charges are finally dropped

Can Education Keep Young People in Coffee?

Free Wifi? Get over your entitlement…

Cold Coffee was Hot in 2016

Cigars & Coffee in South Carolina