Attention all Coffee Buyers!

Quality: 
4
Publication Date: 
Fri, 2011-04-01
Summary: 
Remember, origin is a long way from home, and some may not believe you were actually there.

Feb 2011: More Coffee Market Craziness; Life without Centrals?

Date: 
Tue, 2011-02-01
Quality: 
4
Kenyaauctionhouse.jpg

Coffee is about to get ridiculously expensive. I sit here in Kenya as I write this, having set aside 271 bags of amazing coffee, but at prices that would have been unbelievable, even last year. Auction prices have hit new highs, $10.08 in last week’s auction. It's hard to speculate if those particular lots were bid up due to some prior arrangement with a buyer who specified no cap, or whether 2 parties thought the coffee was that good. (I cupped a different lot that went over $10 in the auction and did not think it was a real Gran Cru coffee).

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011: Mr. Natural No More

Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
Quality: 
4
raised drying bed.jpg

Natural coffee sounds good, right? Who wants un-natural coffee? Of course, by “natural” we are talking about dry processed coffees, as opposed to wet processed or washed coffee. I'll be honest; over time I have begun to shy away from fruity naturals quite severely. The questions I ask when cupping them are: is the cup sweet? Is it a clean or a dirty fruit flavor? and will it last? (I mean will the fruit notes fade in a couple months and the cup just taste earthy and dull?) If the latter is true, then I am not doing anyone a favor by offering a coffee like that.

Our coffee shipment on the way from the Isle of St. Helena.

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Fri, 2004-11-19
Summary: 
Well, a sample of the latest shipment from St. Helena has come in, and the the news is not good.

I went to the SCAA in Seattle and all I got was this lousy pen …

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
Summary: 
I came in just after noon, checked in to the Crowne Plaza (the extra "e" means it's fancy, too fancy for me at least).

Cup of Excellence Roundup 2009

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Thu, 2009-01-01
Summary: 
Of course, we think the Cup of Excellence program is fantastic on quite a few levels.

From the Volcano, the Rarest Brew: Kona Coffee (NY Times article)

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2001-02-28
Summary: 
As you drive south along the west coast of the Big Island, you can't help smelling the coffee roasting.

In Panama, Sipping Coffee at It's Source (NY Times article)

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Mon, 2001-02-05
Summary: 
This article is interesting to us because we buy many of our Panamanican coffees from the Casa Ruiz mill in Boquete.

Brazil "Cup of Excellence" Auction - Fazenda Boa Vista

Quality: 
1
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2002-12-04
Summary: 
Fazenda Boa Vista was the lot we wanted from the outset of the 2002 Brazil C.O.E. Auction.

Brazil Coffee Auction. A list of the 2002 winners.

Quality: 
1
Publication Date: 
Wed, 2002-12-04
Summary: 
It's the middle of the Christmas rush, but its also time for the Brazil Auction.

Sampling of Coffee Bag Images

Quality: 
4
Publication Date: 
Thu, 2004-01-01
Summary: 
Coffee is still transported as it was 200 years ago, in 60 to 70 Kg Burlap Coffee Bags. Here's a sampling of ours.

Review of "Uncommon Grounds" by Mark Pendergrast

Quality: 
2
Publication Date: 
Thu, 2004-01-01
Summary: 
The World Before Starbucks : Review of "Uncommon Grounds"s

Organic and Fair Trade Coffee in Ethiopia (as of 2004) by Sarah Sherlock

Quality: 
3
Publication Date: 
Sat, 2005-01-01
Summary: 
This article provides and interesting background for developments in Ethiopia, including the relatively new organic and fair trade coops.
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