Fubei Coffee Shop

In an effort to partner closely with those throughout the coffee chain (from farm to cup) we also like to highlight some of the cafes that are really doing some important initiatives in their local communities.  One of our favorites is a little shop called the Fubei Coffee Shop (福杯咖啡).  They are located in Haikou, Hainan. They have an initiative that focuses on teaching job skills to handicapped persons in the community.  They have three deaf employees and one physically …

The Fourth Wave

The following text was taken from an article posted at the Hani Coffee WeChat Official account.  The post is in both English and Chinese.  For the sake of simplicity I am attaching it here with some of our own pictures added.  We help run the Hani Coffee Hainan branch office and these pictures are taken with the same intentions of the article in play.  You can view the original article Here. Maintaining & Promoting Relationships in the Coffee Industry – …

Coffee Consumption Growth in China

According to the United States Department of Agriculture coffee consumption in China is growing faster than any other major market the agency tracks.  More Chinese are traveling abroad and experiencing coffee wherever they go.  This is enabling coffee to be an outlier in China’s economy where the demand for most other commodities is declining. An average mainland Chinese person drinks about three cups of coffee per year.  An average person in the US drinks 363 cups.  Seeing this contrast shows …

The Robusta Blend

While a 100% Arabica pour over leads to the most flavorful cup there are still some very compelling reasons to pull espresso shots with a nice Arabica/Robusta blend.  Here are the reasons: 1) Robusta beans produce more crèma than Arabica.  This is the barista’s dream as it adds to the presentation and artisan expressions in a nice latte. 2) 100% Arabica leads to a more floral taste in a cup but a nice amount of Robusta in the cup can …

Fine Robusta

Robusta coffee is widely considered inferior to Arabica coffee.  A lot of this is based on the historical comparisons.  Unfortunately, comparing the two coffee species is like comparing the two fruit species of apples and oranges.  The way that each coffee is processed and roasted should be considerably different. As the global market for coffee began developing in the 19th century Arabica quickly became the frontrunner in the specialty market.  This was partially due to geopolitical conditions but also partially …

Making Coffee Cups Out of Coffee Waste

Back in June we introduced you to Huskee Cup.  This is an incredible project that was born out of a collaborative effort to reduce waste by using it.  Huskee Cup uses the husk of the coffee bean to produce a cup that is beneficial for the farm, consumer, and cafe. To learn more about Huskee Cup and its path from idea to game-changing product please read this article by the Specialty Coffee Association.  Not too many ideas in the kick-starter …

Great Coffee. Changed Lives.

Great Coffee. Changed Lives.  That is the motto of Hani Coffee.  This is an incredible company that really does have a vision to change lives.  There was a recent writeup about them by the GuideinChina team.  Click on this article to find out more about why Hani Coffee is one of our key partners!

Climate Change in the Coffee Belt

Even the most nominal of consumers are familiar with some of the most famous coffee producing nations in the world: Colombia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Indonesia.  The reason the coffee from these countries are so well-known is due to the growing conditions where they are situated.  Centered on the equator, the climate and geographic conditions make these locations ideal for coffee trees. Extending to the north and south of the equator, bound by the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, this region …

Pruning

The following information was adapted from the FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  Most of the content and all of the graphics can be found on their website During the first few years a coffee tree makes many branches.  In this growing phase it uses the majority of the nourishment it pulls in to make wood. When it is ready for first harvest that nourishment begins to direct a small amount towards yielding berries but most …

How Hainanese Coffee Got its Name

When Singapore became a British colony in the early 1800s many of the first immigrants were wealthy Chinese.  They were mainly skilled craftsman or experienced merchants.  As they established homesteads on the island city-state they were recruiting from their pre-established homeland networks while developing industries and staffing them.  In 1858, the British setup a treaty port in Hainan after the Opium wars.  With the Hainanese having a relationship with the British who also established the colony in Singapore they were …