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14 May 2015

Since our last blog entry on Nicaragua we have been to the area to visit with the co-operatives and see how things are progressing. Here is some of the news from our visit.

Coffee Leaf Rust and the Nicaraguan Harvest

The coffee harvest in Nicaragua is over and farmers are breathing a sigh of relief that the negative effects of Coffee Leaf Rust are diminishing.  The co-operatives and their co-operators, like Just Us!, have helped farmers retake control by replanting hundreds of thousands of trees, increasing fertilization, and stepping-up maintenance.  Farmers have put in an amazing effort, and the worst is hopefully over. 

While significant progress has been made and yields are not decreasing as fast as before, they have yet to rebound.  Prodecoop, the large 2nd level co-op that Just Us! works with, saw yields decrease by 25% last year.  This year yields decreased a further 10%.  The healing will take...

03 Jul 2013
We are pleased to announce the reintroduction to the 2013 Reserve Line of our cherished Tarrazu Honey!  Since we first launched this coffee it has been a favorite of customers and staff alike, and one of our best-selling reserve line coffees. The beans are a true microlot, grown on the Las...
19 Jun 2012
The roastery's been abuzz as of late with the first coffee to be released in our 2012 Reserve Line, an offering from the Hinga Kawa Women's co-operative in Rwanda. There's been trial roasting, sipping, swigging, talking and tweaking aplenty. We are thrilled with the resulting fine and...
24 Apr 2012
  As many of you are probably aware, 2010-2011 brought about a pretty thorough overhaul of our coffee program. Not only were several blend recipes modified, new coffees brought in, we also completely changed the way we roast our coffee. We’ve been working to achieve a vision of fresh...
20 Apr 2012
  Our buying season for 2012 is over. In June we will be releasing a series of new coffees, one of which will be the re-introduction of Wisdom of the Mountains, a coffee coming from UCIRI Co-op in Oaxaca, Mexico.  This is a very exciting re-launch for us, as it will be the first time Just...
23 Mar 2012
    After my tour through Guatemala, I took a short flight to meet with producers in Costa Rica. The contrast between the two countries is noticeable immediately. CR is one of the most economically developed nations in Latin America, fuelled largely by tourism and IT industries. Coffee...