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Let’s Talk Coffee : Mexico

Early bird registration is now open for Let’s Talk Coffee Global, the annual industry event produced by green coffee importer Sustainable Harvest.

After missing a year due to logistical issues, the 13th edition of the event will take place this year Oct. 13-16 at the CasaMagna Marriott in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The event brings together stakeholders from throughout the coffee supply network, including producers, roasters, financiers and others for collaborative thought-sharing and relationship building, while the program focuses on pressing issues throughout the industry.

“Program content will include an exploration of roya and other challenges to Mexico’s coffee supply chain, as well as sessions on innovations in micro-lot differentiation, effective branding lessons from other industries, women’s leadership in coffee production, and much more,” Sustainable Harvest said in an announcement yesterday.

Let’s Talk Coffee typically includes optional field trips to coffee farms. This year, event-goers have the option to tour a Chiapas coffee farm, or they may opt for a trip to Tequila to tour agave farms and learn about tequila production.

Source: Registration Opens for Let’s Talk Coffee Mexico | Daily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

Vournas Coffee Trading and Growers First Team up in Oaxaca to Fight Coffee Rust

 

Coffee Rust has devastated the coffee growing communities of Central and South America. In some cases as much as 75-90% of crops can be lost, and in a community where every dollar is precious.

 

Vournas Coffee Trading of Westlake Village, CA has been working with Growers First to provide new coffee seedling in areas that have been hard hit by “la roya” or coffee rust. This post describes a recent replanting trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Last month I arrived in Oaxaca, Mexico and began a two day journey to the isolated coffee community of Ixtepec. This was no vacation. Traveling with Dave Day and Geron Gray of Growers First, I was part of a call-to-action aimed at saving a group of farmers whose coffee crop had been ravaged by la roya. Read more

Finding Natural Solutions to Destructive Coffee Leaf Rust in Chiapas, Mexico

 

Coffee Leaf Rust has had a devastating effect on many coffee growers, small and large. Many farms have lost production & quality for many years now. The Rust continues to plague many farmers, and the search is on for a safe, environmentally friendly method to combat this fungus.

One husband and wife team of ecologists are currently working in Chiapas, Mexico to battle the scourge of coffee rust.
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