STOMP! At Ascension…

by Russell Hayward | February 18, 2017

http://www.dallasobserver.com/music/the-stomp-cast-visited-ascension-coffee-and-made-a-ruckus-with-their-table-setting-9198249   The Crew from STOMP! stomped by to make music with our spoons…    

Alta Mogiana, Brazil is this coffee production or viticulture?

by Russell Hayward | February 12, 2017

The first impression as you enter the Alta Mogiana coffee growing region of Brazil is the remarkable difference in the appearance of the farms. Instead of bushy trees 8ft high and 6ft in diameter with long sinewy type branches reaching out to grab the sun, you see neat, tidy hedgerows of coffee trees seemingly jammed… Read more »

Two hours with the legendary Jean Nicholas Wintgens

by Russell Hayward | January 29, 2017

This summer, escaping the heat of Paris for a few days, I headed down to Vevey, Switzerland to meet with Jean, author of the penultimate guide for Coffee Growers and Producers, “Coffee: Growing, Processing and Sustainable Production”. Jean and I have had a series of email exchanges over the previous years as I sought his… Read more »

Starting Points and Opportunity. The Key Difference Between Peoples of Developed and Undeveloped Nations?

by Russell Hayward | January 29, 2017

The room is small maybe 12ft x 18ft, with low ceilings, under 6ft high, low enough that my 5’10” frame collides with the exposed beams that support the floor above. One lone 12V LED lamp hangs off a nail in the ceiling over the kitchen area, the busiest part of the room all day long…. Read more »

Six hours by 4WD into the Himalayas from Kathmandu – this coffee community has great promise.

by Russell Hayward | January 12, 2017

Sitting in Thula Durlung village, nestled into hillside in a remote area of the Himalayas, some 6 hour drive from Kathmandu over roads that challenged our 4WD drive at several times, crossing creeks on a rock ridden road perched on a thin ribbon of flat terrain barely wide enough for our 4WD carved between the… Read more »