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CAUCA, Colombia — Plenty of positive coffee-related stories are coming out of Colombia; this one, however, pre-dates the start of November 2016’s peace process. The meeting-place has been set but for our own safety, we won’t be gathering at Luis Fernando’s homestead in the department of Cauca. Instead, this group of journalists and a team […]

Wake up and smell the coffee 3

CAUCA, Colombia — The landscape that makes up Colombia’s fourth-largest coffee-producing department wildly varies from that of Paraná and São Paulo states in south-west Brazil (Buenos Aires Herald, July 7 and July 14, 2017). Scattered across a rolling altitude that soars up to 2,100 metres above sea level, Cauca has the Andes to thank for […]

Wake up and smell the coffee 2

JACAREZINHO and SÃO PAULO — Did you accept my suggestion and try your daily caffeine injection naked: no milk, no cream, no sugar or sweetener? Any surprises beyond the aromas of actual coffee? When it comes to cupping, or tasting, coffee, it’s a complex ritual. Preparation is elaborate and assessment involves more than a simple […]

Wake up and smell the coffee

PARANÁ, Brazil — “When people think of Brazilian coffee, they think of a dark-roasted drink but the truth is, that heavy roasting covers up a lot of defects, starting with the fact that unripe beans are being used. We’re trying to change that perception, microlot by microlot.” Former diplomat Edgard Bressani, a co-founder from boutique […]

C’mon baby light my Fayer

BUENOS AIRES — The hummus is so sexy it’s blushing, and the bar and kitchen are equally alluring. The latest ‘new Jew’ dining concept from chef Tomás Kalika, don’t fumble around: go straight to fifth base and let Mishiguene Fayer set you aflame. When Tomás opened Mishiguene (Buenos Aires Herald, November 16, 2014), a kitchen […]

Cinematic spirit: Singani63’s new label design

(Wallpaper*) TARIJA, BOLIVIA – Film director Steven Soderbergh and Hollywood concept artist Joanna Bush have given Soderbergh’s Singani63 spirit brand a cinematic redesign. Singani is a little-known Bolivian spirit made from aromatic Muscat of Alexandria grapes distilled at altitude, in Soderbergh’s case at Casa Real distillery, 1,800m above sea level. He wanted the new design […]

Sea gauchos surf Africa

(Buenos Aires Herald) After embarking on and documenting several surfing expeditions around Latin America, Joaquín and Julián Azulay’s latest film-making project has taken them on a more ambitious adventure: surfing around Africa. Spending several weeks at a time living out of a converted ambulance, the brothers are currently in Senegal, Julián at the wheel, while […]

Eat List: Mendoza, Argentina

(New Worlder) Where there’s fantastic wine, fantastic food invariably follows, and Mendoza’s dining scene lives up to this rule. Winery fine dining was pioneered by Francis Mallmann’s Restaurante 1884 at Bodega Escorihuela Gascón in 1998, with an array of wineries across Argentina’s largest grape-producing province following suit over the past two decades; Bodegas Lagarde, Susana […]