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El Salvador—Barista Trip

Talking about earthquakes almost certainly causes them, that is now my belief.  After discussing the earthquake in Mexico City yesterday, we were treated to multiple tremors in San Salvador last night.  But all in good fun.  I am currently traveling with our very own Lauren of Public Domain coffee to visit our Direct Trade producers in El Salvador.  We are both California girls, so the tremors did not faze us, and we were rearing to go this morning. Read more »

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Kilimanjaro Day 7

My final day in Tanzania!  Little did I know it would be such an adventurous one, but more on that at the end. Read more »

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Kilimanjaro Day 5

Day 5 was spent touring Tudeley Estate’s farms, Kibo and Kikafu.  Jackson Matenge was my tour guide for the day-- Tudeley Estate’s acting general manager

Kibo Estate: Read more »

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Kilimanjaro Day 4

There has been a mosquito haunting me all day.  I woke up this morning at 4:45 am to him buzzing in my ear.  Taunting me, letting me know that he outsmarted my mosquito net and will soon be feasting on my ankles.  I managed to avoid him all morning, slapping my ears like a mad woman whenever he ventured too close.  He finally drove me out of bed at 5:30, when I decided to take a walk in the hazy morning light and attempt to spot a glimpse of the looming Mt Kilimanjaro. Read more »

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Kilimanjaro Day 3

Today we spent the day in the city of Moshi, jumping off point for Mt. Kilimanjaro treks as well as the coffee center of Tanzania.  Annabel and I first visited the office of Tudeley Estates in Moshi, where a very kind Eric showed us Tudeley’s cupping lap and sample roasting facilities.  Although I wasn’t able to snap a photo, I was shocked to see that their sample roaster was the same Probat model as ours at Coffee Bean International, although with 6 drums instead of 3. Read more »

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Kilimanjaro Day 2

Today I woke up to the sound of buzzing crickets and many other unidentified insects.  The sounds of Africa.  Looking out the window is breathtaking, all of the dark shadows I saw last night driving to Kibo Estates from Kilimanjaro airport have revealed themselves to be colorful flowers, tall, spindly trees, and the vast, towering Mt. Kilimanjaro. Read more »

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Kilimanjaro, Day 1

Things I discovered today:

  1. Tanzania is really far from Portland. 
  2. The Sahara desert looks amazing from an airplane
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Direct Trade Coffee in Peru – Days 1 and 2

Day one in Peru was mostly spent getting to our final destination.  After yet another 5:30 am wake up call, Paul and I hit the road back to the airport and boarded our flight to Piura.  In the airport, our choices for coffee were Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.  I’ll leave it a surprise where we went.  This was followed by the swift realization that in my sleepy haze I had left my ATM card in the machine after taking my money and receipt (and also lost my awesome traveler points).  No luck in recovering, it had already been eaten up.  Now the fun game begins of try Read more »

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In Search of Direct Trade Coffee from Colombia - Day 3

We spent Day 3 in Colombia not visiting farms, but we headed back to Bogota to visit the FNC headquarters and cup the microlots from the farmers we visited over the course of the past two days.  Before that, however, we got a quick rest in and a trip to an artisan market.  Read more »

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In Search of Direct Trade Coffee from Colombia – Day 2

It’s official, I both smelled and tasted the best things I have ever smelled or tasted before in my life today.  The smell: flowering coffee trees.  The taste: cacao fruit picked straight off the tree.  Actually, today was a full day of deliciousness, so I am inclined to start with a list of things that I have eaten. Read more »

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