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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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El Salvador and the fruits of our labor.

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Hand sorting only the ripest red cherries in El Salvador, cherries in foreground are rejected. We are now five years into our sourcing program in El Salvador. In our five years, El Salvador has been hit with the worst case of coffee leaf rust in the world. Causing annual coffee production to decline by over 50%. On top of this, El Salvador a stable Central American country when we started working there, has spilled into one of the most violent and dangerous countries in the world. Leading statistics on high gang related violence and homicides. Sadly, the country as at a...

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Decaf Asterisk -Ethiopia Gidibona: Release and Sourcing Notes

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Coming into this year we knew that Ethiopia was going to play a major role in terms of where we were going to focus more time on sourcing coffees and telling the stories behind them. I spent a day cupping with the team at Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, looking for potential blenders for Big Truck or stellar Micro Lot quality coffee. Cupping dozens upon dozens of lots in a tiny room making some of the biggest decisions you might make in a year is something that I'm used to at this point. SCFCU small crowed cupping room in Addis...

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