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Aug 15 9 tweets 2 min read
This is a good article about Nigeria's attempt to develop a local coffee culture:

perfectdailygrind.com/2022/08/how-is… It is currently estimated that about 75% of Nigerian coffee drinkers drink instant coffee. Instant coffee is typically made from the lowest quality coffee available, meaning low prices for producers.
Mar 16, 2020 40 tweets 14 min read
I'm an introvert, so my life is social distancing. I'm a pro at this shit.

On today's docket: updating two old Arduino projects (removing my dependence on Strings—if you know, you know) and starting a new project for school; a soil temperature and capacitance monitor. 🤓 Day 4: This phase of these projects is always a challenge for me: getting the whole circuit semi-permanent yet easily worked with, i.e., easily disassembled. Sometimes I am really happy with the end-product and others I just want it done. This is becoming the latter. Image
Dec 31, 2019 11 tweets 3 min read
One of the books I'm working through during the break is The Oil Palm Complex. It was an airport find that turns out to be quite informative, with more parallels to #coffee than I thought. Here are some snippets from it (a thread) #PalmOil

nuspress.nus.edu.sg/products/the-o… As with a lot of the rest of the world, “...the rate of growth of the rural population [in Indonesia] has become negative.” but almost half of the population is still rural. p. 9
Dec 27, 2019 12 tweets 4 min read
I disagree with the implication that some dastardly villain is forcing bad #coffee on the locals:

“The coffee that remains is the stuff that wasn’t good enough to export and sell, so by design the locals drink the lower quality coffee." buff.ly/35YvVYo Quality coffee normally fetches more money in the export markets of a producing country versus the local markets. The reasons vary but boil down to things like 'who values the quality?', 'who can afford the higher prices?', 'where are the markets to supply said quality?', etc.
Sep 5, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
Competition for #smallholders is only going to get worse: "Vegebot is the first robot that can identify and harvest iceberg lettuce — bringing hope to farmers that one of the most demanding crops for human pickers could finally be automated. " osc.is/2LkO0rH With the progression Brazil is making in industrialized, mechanized #coffee farming, robotic coffee pickers are an inevitability. That means that farming operations that have technical and business savvy will easily outproduce small holders and price them out of the game.