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How to become a coffee buyer: meet Maria Olano

Meet Maria Olano, Speciality Coffee Buyer at the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros (FNC) and longtime friend of Pact Coffee Hi, Maria. Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Maria Alejandra Olanao and I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. At 25 years old, I’ve already discovered my passion: coffee. I have a Master’s Degree in Coffee Economics and Science from the Università del Caffè, in Italy. Before that, I studied Business Administration in Colombia...

Is coffee bad for children? If they grow it for the commodity market, yes

Owning a coffee farm is not a glamorous job. You’re working in a steamy field, not an air-conditioned office. Your pay depends on the commodity market and how well your crop grows – there’s no guarantee of a comfortable salary and benefits each year. It’s unlikely you’ll ever own mansions and helicopters, and it is almost certain that there will be times of extreme uncertainty. So why farm coffee? For the love of it! Unfortunately,...

Celebrating Women in Coffee: International Coffee Day’s 2018 Focus

Like Christmas, it comes just once a year. But, unlike Christmas – it’s not all fun and games (and overeating and over-drinking…). International Coffee Day is a day to celebrate coffee, and also to reflect on issues in the industry itself. This year, the International Coffee Organisation has chosen its focus to be the role of women in the coffee chain – applauding their hard work, and acknowledging the gender inequity inherent in both coffee...