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Rwanda Emerges

It is difficult to talk about Rwandan coffee without talking about the tragedies from which the coffee farming sector in that country recovered. Many coffee growing communities were decimated during the genocide 20 years ago and coffee farms were abandoned. Then, just when coffee growers were starting to rebuild and reestablish their farms and mills, Read more

Coffee’s Appellation Trail

One of the extraordinary things that happens when you drive from Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala (to visit friends at Finca El Valle, for example), aside from surviving sketchy lane changes made by local buses, is something invisible. You cross a line, unknown to most people but well defined in the minds of that region’s Read more

The Madness of Kopi Luwak Coffee

Around the time that Journalist Charles MacKay published Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds in 1841, in which he discussed the Dutch “Tulip Mania” of the early 1600’s, a similar supply and demand driven phenomenon was emerging, again among the Dutch, but this time among Dutch Colonists in Sumatra. Unlike Tulip Mania, which Read more

Dancing Goats at Ponce City Market Atlanta

When our owners first toured what has been transformed into the Ponce City Market over three years ago, it was a mess. The hulking brick shell of what was once a Sears & Roebuck store, distribution center, and regional office had been mostly empty for 30 years. But Jamestown Properties had a vision for what Read more