First official meeting of this trip to Indonesia. Solotco Jaya Abadi has been producing coffee for over thirty years in the Toraja region of South Sulawesi. I met Yenni Tanri at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) Exposition in Atlanta in 2016. Yenni, the...

First of four articles on recognizing coffee origins and meeting the people of El Salvador. Experienced and written by Christian Lacroix during the first year of discovery on the Coffee Trail.   In El Salvador, Exile for Survival is the Custom      After reaching Panama, traveling through the roads...

Choosing a whole bean coffee means that you’re guaranteed to obtain a high-quality coffee. Better preserved, it dries out less, releases all its flavour and strength, and lets you enjoy the freshest coffee whenever you want. But what’s the best whole bean coffee for you?     For...

    Fair or alternative trade is a system of exchange based on solidarity and equality. Respect for producers, consumers, and resources are the foundations of it. Coffee was the very first fair trade product to appear on the Canadian market in 1998. But while coffee, a widely-sold...

With no particular expectation prior to the encounter, Rachel agreed to receive us on her return from Asia.  Already I had deduced that the destination of her voyage represented the market for her coffee.  I will obtain answers to thousands of questions that have concerned...

A Text by Christian Lacroix, on the Coffee Trail. I doodle, sitting in a comfortable folding chair, facing the Pacific Ocean.  And I become aware of the pleasure that is renewed each morning.  Finding myself alone, in an isolation created by the echo of the waves...

First stop in Honduras, the little municipality of Corquín in the Copán region.  A verdant pine forest greets us; we can already sense a natural environment for coffee cultivation.  The little town of Corquín and its inhabitants exude a desire to see the quality of...

A text by Christian Lacroix, as part of the project The Coffee Trail.  Visit to a coffee cooperative established and managed by women in Chiapas in Mexico.  I met Claudia Nallely Illescas Palma, accompanied by her mother Clara Palma Martínez and her father Ernesto Illescas Marin,...

  Ground coffee is part of many people’s daily routines. Your greatest ally during busy mornings, it reduces the number of preparation steps needed to obtain that much-coveted hot beverage. The only downside: if you don’t practice the appropriate preservation methods, the taste and quality of...

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