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Olympia Coffee's History with The Long Miles Coffee Project

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

Welcome to our 7th year buying coffees with the Long Miles Coffee Project in Burundi. I wanted to take a moment to rewind the clock and shed some light on our history with these producers and to share where we plan to grow in the future. So back in 2011, while I was doing a volunteer stint with USAID in Rwanda, I happened into a cupping event in Burundi where I met Long Miles founder, Ben Carlson. Kristy, Carlson kids, Oliver and Ben Ben had been working in Burundi for almost a year as a consultant for a company called Shluter....

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Two Drink Recipes from Sam Schroeder's 1st Place win at the Coffee in Good Spirits Competition

Posted by Honor Forte on

Did you hear? Olympia Coffee won the first ever Coffee in Good Spirits Competition held in the United States!

Coffee in Good Spirits is a competition where beautiful coffees are paired with creative alcohol based cocktails and presented to a panel of expert judges.

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Transparency Report 2018

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

In 2018, we continued our mission to improve quality of life for farmers in each of the origins in which we work. Every coffee we purchased last year continued to meet our groundbreaking Fair For All sourcing criteria, guaranteeing better pay, more transparency, living wages and safe working conditions for farm workers, while supporting continuous improvement to the highest quality coffee. We sourced over 175,000 pounds of green coffee from the seven origins where we work: Colombia, Hawaii, El Salvador, Guatemala, Burundi, Kenya and Ethiopia. We purchased 57 different lots of coffee from these origins, and the average price we...

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Acids in Coffee

Posted by Patrick Oiye on

In Specialty Coffee, we talk a lot about acidity. But what are we referring to and how does this benefit the industry and our customers? Acidity is what contributes to the liveliness, brightness, excitement, body, texture and complexity of a coffee. When you take a sip it’s what makes you mouth water and invites you to take another. The absence of acidity flatlines our drinking experience and limits its biological and crafted uniqueness. What is your favorite coffee and why? Chances are you found your match because of the varying levels and balance of acids working together to elucidate flavors...

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US Coffee Champs

Posted by Honor Forte on

Last week Olympia Coffee had the opportunity to once again compete in the qualifying competitions for the United States Coffee Championships in Denver. Since the competitions have been such an important part of the history of Olympia Coffee I wanted to take a moment to update you on our current involvement and how the weekend went. First, a little history. Since 2011 Olympia Coffee has won numerous awards and top 6 spots in regional and national competitions - I think 15 total awards from memory? One time we won 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th all at the same brewers cup...

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