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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
I just returned from a week in Colombia, attending a board meeting of the Coffee Quality Institute (“CQI”) of which I’m privileged to be deeply involved with as a Trustee and long time supporter. Hosted this year by the Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (known to most in the coffee business simply as the “FNC”, or “Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia”) our CQI group split its time in Colombia between board work and field work - with meetings held in Bogotá and Cartagena, and boots on the ground in the coffee regions surrounding the towns of Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira. Read more »
Coffee Bean International is proud to be a finalist for the Tom Holce Entrepreneurship Award for Growth Stage Companies. The awards recognize five leaders who "create jobs, grow our economy and spawn better ways of doing pretty much everything." Winners will be announced Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at the Hilton Portland. We'll be there with the baristas of Public Domain on the pour over bar, which is always a good thing, win or lose!