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  1. 2016-10-18 Cory Thede, working on the north coast of Haiti, sent a note about a local chaya plant with a lower branch that mutated to a wild stinging type. He commented, “After I backed up against it, it gave me an itchy rash on my arm for about a week. The upper branch is regular and almost spineless.” He...  
  2. 2016-10-15 This article is from ECHO Asia Note #29 Processing methods for coffee can drastically change the quality and taste of the final product, for better or for worse. By choosing a method that positively impacts quality, flavor, and cost, a coffee producer can optimize the coffee’s potential, at the...  
  3. 2016-01-25 Some tropical crops contain cyanogenic glycosides, toxic substances that release hydrocyanic acid (HCN; also referred to as cyanide or prussic acid) when cells are crushed. Consuming these plants without cooking them can cause cyanide poisoning, with varying effects depending on cyanide levels...  
  4. 2016-11-30 In this session, Zach introduces the basis for evaluation and grading for Arabica green coffees. Additionally he shares the SCAA Grading Standards for physical evaluation of green coffees.  
  5. 2016-11-29 In this opening session, Zach gives an introduction to coffee and the many harvesting and processing methods in practice today.  
  6. 2016-11-30 In this session, Zach discusses the critical quality control operations for coffee quality. These critical quality control points includeharvesting/cherry separation, fermentation, and drying.  
  7. 2016-11-30 In this session, Zach discusses the natural processing technique and the challenge of caring for the coffee cherries in such a way that you are encouraging optimum flavour without losing the cherry to bacteria or mold.  
  8. 2016-11-30 This form can be used during a coffee cupping to evaluate the coffee on a number of factors.  
  9. 2016-11-30 This form can be used to grade the green coffee, evaluating for defects in both category 1 and 2.  
  10. 2016-04-05 The mission of Semilla Nueva is to develop locally-led farmer education programs that increase the income, rebuild the soils, and improve the food security of Guatemala’s rural poor. This ECHOcommunity network member organization is using farmer-to-farmer training to empower farmers with the...  

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