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Sourcing in El Salvador 2017

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40 years ago El Salvador was the largest coffee producing country in Central America; today it's the smallest. So, what happened?  In large part, inequality during El Salvador's rise in coffee gave land ownership to the top two percent. This resulted in a civil war in the 1980's. Post-war El Salvador has struggled to recover. A weak national policy for the coffee sector, climate change, depleted and disease ridden coffee trees, lack of basic security, poor access to financing, and lack of labor are the main reasons El Salvador has struggled to keep pace. Is coffee in El Salvador doomed?...

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Ethiopia Konga Wins a Good Food Award 2017

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Ethiopia Konga Wins a Good Food Award 2017

For the third year we have one a Good Food Award. This year we won with our Ethiopia Konga. Good Food Awards is an award that goes to food producers who show the best example of quality and sustainability in the United States.

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Sourcing in Kenya 2017

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Sourcing in Kenya 2017

Sourcing in Kenya 2017   If there truly is such a thing as treasure hunting in coffee buying it applies to Kenya. Patience, timing and a broad network can eventually get you what you need although without any guarantee. Relationships seem to last the duration of a season and rarely more.    As we begin this sourcing trip I quickly realized that we were out positioned and in trouble. Sourcing great coffee always changes, and there is never a plug and play way to how this all works. Over the years as small roasters globally have entered into traveling and...

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Costa Rica Sourcing Notes 2017

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Costa Rica Sourcing Notes 2017 As a coffee buyer, I fully admit to having a soft spot for Costa Rican coffees. This comes from my strong belief in supporting small scale coffee farmers and working directly with them to improve their lively hood. Costa Rica has shown the best examples for for supporting a middle class lifestyle and income for coffee farmers. All the producers we work with in Costa Rica are small businesses, focused on quality, and making a sustainable living in coffee. In so many ways its the perfect pairing for us. Slight downfall to Costa Rican coffee...

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Guatemala El Socorro Maracaturra Sourcing Notes

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For the last five years we have been working with producer Juan Diego De La Cerda at the farm El Socorro Y Annexo's in Palencia Guatemala. I first met Juan Diego in 2011 while I was on the juror for the Guatemala Cup of Excellence, that year his Maracaturra varietal would go on to win 2nd Place in the Competition. The Maracaturra a hybrid cross of varietals Maragogype and Caturra, it's a rare and very special varietal that truly dominates the character and flavor found in this coffee. We have also seen that the soil found a El Socorro combined...

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