All posts tagged: coffee farming

What is Speciality Coffee?

To this question, one cannot merely state what it is, but rather comment on what their individual perspective is to this illusive question. This question was recently asked by good friend and special friend of the coffee community, Ben Carlson, during a gathering and presentation on the work he and his family are doing in Burundi to share these amazing coffees with the world. Of course, the initial discussion around this question was surrounded around the grading aspect of the delicious and wonderful cherry and bean. Beans are graded due to the uniformity of size, shape, colour, density, and defects/ taints. But I don’t believe in this being the sole definition of what ‘speciality’ is. I refer back to my 2015 World Barista Championship presentation. I pushed back on who defines what is speciality, and how it’s decided. For me, to an extent, I don’t believe that only a buyer/ ‘green bean grader’ can solely define that. I went to the WBC with a coffee from Adam Overton, of Gesha Village Coffee Estate in Ethiopia. …

Humans of coffee: Kristy Carlson

  Who is Kristy Carlson? Wife, mother, temperamental creative, resilient human. What is your best childhood memory? Hmm… it’s hard for me to pick. I had a fairly rich childhood, with just the right amount of awkward and painful moments peppered throughout. In the end, all of life seems to be about the people we experience it with- doesn’t it? With that in mind I would have to say that spending time with my grandmother, who was a quirky and fantastically unpredictable artist, produced some rich memories that have strongly shaped who I am. My grandmother taught me so much about appreciating and SEEING the beauty in everything. My dad, on the other hand, taught me the value of taking time for people. He drove me to a farm most afternoons after school for several years so that I could take care of and ride horses, which was my dream come true. I was in my 20’s before I realized that that it was pretty unusual for a working dad to make himself available in …