Day two of an origin trip is always an exercise in reality of time perception. Last night Jay was caught saying “and later that same day” when referring to events that had occurred only a few hours before. Waking up this morning in Roberto’s farmhouse to the sounds of birds chirping and workers getting ready for a day of picking felt both familiar and foreign. It feels as though we have been in Nicaragua for weeks, but in reality we had landed in this country less than 48 hours ago. Read more »
Ahh the joys of being back at coffee origins! It feels so natural to be back in Latin America, hearing and speaking Spanish, understanding street signs and soaking in the culture. This is my first trip to Nicaragua, and it has gotten off to a great start. I arrived in Managua late last night, accompanied by Patrick, our President and CEO, Jay, our Sr. VP of National Accounts, and the buyers for a national direct trade program. Read more »
The moment has finally come: Direct Trade Nicaragua arrived in our warehouse! After carefully scouting the globe for our next Project Direct™ coffee, the coffee from Nicaragua’s pristine Matagalpas region stood out from the crowd. Read more »
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No one seems to argue against the so-called “premiumization” of the coffee industry over the past decade. Read more »
Miguel and Guillermo Menéndez, producers of our El Salvador Las Delicias, stopped by this morning—what an unexpected treat! In addition to giving us a photo tour of their lovely farms, they told us colorful stories about the coffee growing tradition in their family and their country. We were intrigued by the amazing attention to detail in the production process. It’s no wonder that the Las Delicias is so juicy!
When you think of Peru you may think of the Andes Mountains, Macchu Picchu, smiling, ruddy-cheeked people in multi-colored garb but maybe not of extraordinary coffee. I didn’t. Then, I tasted coffee from the San Ignacio region, and now I can imagine nothing else when I think of Peru. The cup is bursting with ripe fruit notes and has a rich, creamy body and bittersweet cocoa notes. After singing these praises you can imagine how excited I was to meet the farmers who grew this noteworthy coffee. Read more »
Salvation of a Steampunk Roaster
I’m the first to admit that I’m passionate about coffee – and in particular, coffee roasters. That probably explains why I decided years ago to collect coffee roasters, and now find myself owning seven of them (not counting my three sample roasters, of course…they’re so petite!) in sizes ranging from a husky half-bagger all the way down to a diminutive three-pound countertop beauty.
Some guys collect cars. I round-up roasters. Same disease, different symptoms. Read more »