Coffee Origins

Nicaragua Day 3

Day three has come and gone so quickly!  Our time perception warp zone is still strong, and even though it feels as though we have just arrived, it is still hard to remember what we did this morning.  Read more »

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Nicaragua Day 2

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 »

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Nicaragua Day 1

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 »

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Public Domain's Kona "Cloud Forest" lot selected as Finalist in Good Food Awards

We are thrilled to have our Public Domain coffeehouse's new Kona "Cloud Forest" Lot chosen as one of the five finalists in the Northern Region the inaugural Good Food Awards.

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Just Arrived: Nicaragua Direct Trade™ El Quetzal and El Paraiso!

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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El Salvador Las Delicias Producers Visit

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!

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Reflections on Peru

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 »

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Coffee Bean Announced part of Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative with SCAA and Borlaug Institute

Coffee Bean International, along with other leading U.S. specialty coffee businesses and the SCAA, is proud to be a co-founder of the “Global Coffee Quality Research Initiative” (GCQRI). Read more »

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The Worse the Road, the Better the Coffee at Finca Suspiro, Nicaragua

Sunday morning in Nicaragua dawned cloudy and rainy. Rain is a rarity there during this time of year, and I dug through my clothes to find my rain gear – which, fortunately, I had along with me. My backpack filled up quickly with everything I thought I might need for the day – dry socks and clothes at the bottom, all serving as a cushion for my camera and tripod, with rain gear and hat on top if I needed to grab it quick. Outside pockets held bottled water, trail mix, hat, bar towels (amazingly useful for keeping camera and face dry while working in the field), and – if the sun came out later – sunscreen and sunglasses. Read more »

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Harvest Visit to Nicaragua

I was fortunate recently to be able to spend a week in Nicaragua, right in the middle of the coffee harvest during the middle of February. While I’ve been to most of the rest of Central America, this was my first visit to Nicaragua, which I scheduled to be able to spend time working the harvest and hanging out with my friend Erwin Mierisch and his family. Erwin, his father Dr. Mierisch, brother Steve, and sisters Maria Ligia and Eleane are owners of five stellar coffee farms in northern Nicaragua (two in the region of Matagalpa, and three in the Jinotega area) and a fantastic coffee beneficio (dry mill) on the lower-elevation coastal plain at the base of the regions’ mountains. Read more »

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