Coffee Origins

Notes from Brazil's Cup of Excellence Competition – Road to Machado

I arrived in-country at the airport in São Paulo on Sunday morning, after 17 hours of travel from Portland. Over the years I’ve gotten used to these long-haul flights, but was pretty tired nonetheless by the time I got to Brazil. A seeming common element of every Cup of Excellence competition that I have ever attended is that the competition is actually held somewhere out in the coffee regions, which never seem to be conveniently located adjacent to the airport. I’m secretly glad that this is how they are organized, as it is great to be out of the big cities and in the rural areas where the coffees are grown, but this almost always means an additional 3 or 4 hours travel by van or bus from the airport to the competition site. But after these long flights, all I really want is a shower and some food. And a couple of cups of nice coffee wouldn’t hurt my feelings! Read more »


Notes from Brazil's Cup of Excellence Competition – Year of the Big Beans

I just returned to Portland from helping judge the most recent 2009 Cup of Excellence® competition, which was held during the end of November in Machado, Brazil. It was a fantastic competition, held in an amazing coffee producing country I have wanted to visit for many years. Read more »


Rwandan Appellations and the Road Home

OK, so it’s really cool here and all, but I gotta tell you, it’s a long time! Can’t wait to get home and see the fam and get back into the grind. Lots of stories to tell you, and most of them will be the honest truth.
I think I’m gonna get a Big Mac soon as I see those arches!! Living on beans, rice, goat, beef, and chicken, prepared about two ways is getting to me. Read more »


Rain, Le Nez de Café and more Cupping

It’s Nov 18, I think. Nice day today. It rained like crazy last night. Lighting and thunder, the whole works. Read more »


Paul Thornton descriptive cupping in Rwanda

The internet connections in Rwanda are really good, but the ability to use them is not. It’s great for anything like checking e-mail or opening a simple web site, but not for, say, something like opening a file. Read more »

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