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In Search of Direct Trade Coffee from Colombia - Day 1

After a quick sleep in Bogota, I rushed to the airport again to catch a 35-minute flight to Neiva.  Alex Russan from Castle Company and Madelyn Madrid from the Colombian Coffee Federacion (FNC) were my early morning travel partners, eager to show me the farms in the Huila region of Colombia.  By 6:45 am our propeller plane had landed and we were whisked off to breakfast and then to the FNC office.  Read more »

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Harvest Time in Nicaragua

Saludos from Jinotega, Nicaragua! I am back  in Nicaragua to witness the beginning of the 2011-2012 coffee harvest as well as check in on the progress with our Direct Trade producers Roberto Bendaña and the Las Mercedes group of the Aldea Global Co-op. Read more »

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El Salvador Day 1

It seems strange to jump back to day one since I have been on the road for a week now, but El Salvador is a whole new world compared to Nicaragua. We arrived yesterday and stayed in the capital city of San Salvador before heading up north to the Apaneca region in Northern El Salvador today. We hit the road early and drove 2 hours north, 7 of us packed like sardines in a truck. Read more »

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Nicaragua Day 4

Our final day in Nicaragua started off brutally early.  It was not all that early, but everyone’s digestive systems were pretty brutally tattered after 4 days of rice and beans 3 meals a day.  Well, I shouldn’t say everyone, because Paul and Jay were rearing to go—Paul’s handy trick of taking shots of rum to kill anything funky in his system had them covered! Read more »

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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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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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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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Project Direct Nicaragua is on deck

It’s the very end of the picking season here in Nicaragua and most of the plants have been stripped of their fruit. However, this morning when Paul Thornton, Chris Wade and I drove through the mist at Finca El Quetzel, we came upon a group of pickers who were working a slope of red and yellow catuai in small pocket of the farm. We rounded a bend in the road and thought we heard singing. When we looked up, we spotted about 100 workers dotting the hillside. Read more »

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