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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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Tegu Reserve - Kenya: Release and Sourcing Notes

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Oliver Stormshak building the Tegu Reserve Lot at Central Coffee Mills in Karinyaga Kenya. It's no secret I love Kenyan coffees. Actually If I were to bet I would say that most coffee professionals would also say they love Kenyan Coffee. One could and do argue that Kenya producers the best coffees in the world. Kenya tends to dominant the category of high acid coffees, a characteristic in coffee that reminds one of a sensation of fresh citrus or more often than not a wine like sensation. I love traveling to Kenya, it's one of my personal favorites. This year...

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Adame Garbota - Ethiopia 2016: Release And Notes On Sourcing

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I've been in love with coffee from the Adame Garbota Cooperative for many years. Actually I've loved their coffee before they were even called Adame Garbota. You see I first tasted their coffee in 2006 when the Coop was called Kelo, and the Kelo Cooperative had just won the Africa Taste of Harvest Competition. I worked for a roaster that bought their winning lot, and I never forgot about it. After the competition, the cooperative received some loans and big financing that sadly organizationally they were not prepared for. In 2008 the Coop defaulted on loans and closed. In 2011...

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Ethiopia Banko Natural 2016: Release And Sourcing Notes

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

2016 will mark our most serious year working in Ethiopia. Ethiopia tends to be our most popular Origin we source from. Customers and Baristas gravitate to it, I believe because of it's easy to identify flavors. The coffees of Ethiopia are totally unique to Ethiopia, no other origin could be confused with it in terms of flavors. Typically flavors lean to the fruity and floral side of the coffee descriptions.  Over the last six years we have been purchasing through two very large Cooperatives which represent thousands of small holder farmers. All our coffees are Certified Organic and Fair Trade....

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