Coffee + Photography = ?

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Herculano Post Card

I like to take pictures, I like to travel, and I sell coffee. On its face, myself and many others do the same in a straightforward way, especially when we go to a specific farm or mill where we are buying. We point our cameras at the farmer, at their trees, and their dog, at their wet-pulper machine, at their family members, and we take a picture.

Taste and Price: When Values Shift

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I miss a lot of things that happen in the coffee press. There's just too much out there. But I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

 Posting the image above to Instagram and asking for comments lead to a huge range of reactions. So I thought I would post my own thoughts in a better-suited format here. 

Insta-tour of Honduras

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Feb. 15, 2016

Tom just got back from Honduras. Here's a micro-travelogue consisting of a few Instagrams shot during his trip.  Check out our Instagram page for more travel photos and dog photos, and motorcycle photos and coffee plant photos and a few photos of weird things.

 

Insta-tour of Huehuetenango, Guatemala

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Jan. 13, 2016

Here's a mini-travelogue from our Instagram feed with a few moments from Tom's recent trip to Guatemala. Check out our Instagram to see more photos of travel, hounds, coffee leaves, coffee book pages, motorcycles, etc.

 

Is It a Sell Out?

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There has been a strange turn along the high road of the coffee trade, not unexpected, but just odd. And perhaps it is only odd because coffee has been considered an exception, something a little different than other industries and products, a place where the normal calculus of higher production, lower cost and maximal profits didn't come to bear as heavily as other industries.

Costa Rica Coffee Competition

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March 5, 2015
Relatively new micro-mill in Tarrazu, Costa Rica
Relatively new micro-mill in Tarrazu, Costa Rica
 

The Mania of Tanzania

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Tanzania has been considered by traders as a "lesser Kenya" in many respects. In the commercial business, it is the source of less spendy, mildly acidic coffees via the weekly marketing auction in Moshi. But the quality potential of Tanzania coffee has been difficult to realize due to a number of factors.

 

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Taste Evaluation of Green Coffee Bean Samples Prior to Purchase & Use by Michael Sivetz

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PROLOGUE

With so many new small retail and wholesale roasters coming into the trade in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, it has become pertinent to review the factors influencing green coffee bean purchasing decisions.

Comparisons of Coffee and Wine by Carl Staub:

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Specialty coffee is where the wine industry was 10-15 years ago., that is to say that, much like wine, coffee consumption is suddenly declining on a per capita basis. In fact, coffee is down roughly half from where it was in the early 60s. We see the same trend in the wine industry, people are drinking less but drinking better.

Womens Coop Duhingekawa Rushashi

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Abakundakawa is a 1700 member cooperative that mills its coffee at the Rushashi washing station. The average altitude here is 1600 to 1800 meters for coffee production, the varietal is traditional Bourbon seedstock, and the typical wet process method is used, with sun-drying on raised beds or patio. This is fair trade certified, part of the USAID project in Rwanda to improve the quality of life ...

Utz Kapeh: "Fair Trade Lite"

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Utz Kapeh is not the same as Fair Trade, but does aim to repair the problem with the low prices in the broader coffee market. It seems more as a suppliment to Fair Trade, not a competitor. Call it "Fair Trade Lite"...

There is not a lot of this coffee being sold in the U.S. market currently, but since I was buying a really nice lot of Brazil Impanema Dulce that had this strange Utz Kapeh moniker on the sample bag, I checked out their web site and read a few articles on the subject. -Tom

The State of East African Coffee by Timothy J. Castle

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This article is from the July 2001 Tea & Coffee Trade Journal: Subscribe to this magazine! The Author is a consultant, author and coffee broker of some very exclusive Estate coffees like Vista Alegre Natural Dry from Brazil and La Torcaza from Panama. He is the author also of the book The Perfect Cup.

The Roasters of Intelligentsia

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Big Gothot roaster

A while back I heard about a roaster in Chicago (where Maria is from, and where we met!) that was doing a good job using some very nice old Gothot roasters. Since then I have met a few of them, cupped with them in Honduras and Nicaragua, visited their plant, and developed an appreciation for the way they do things. They are primarily a wholesale roasters, supplying good restaurants and food stores with coffee. They have 2 coffeehouses of their own, and I hear they are real neat-o too.

Technical Notes: Yemen Coffees

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Authenticity. Yemen Specialty Coffees Ltd.'s coffees are all guaranteed 100% authentic Yemen, without possibility of adulteration by similar but lesser coffees from Africa. YSC obtains its coffees directly from tribal middlemen in the Yemen highlands, far from the southern port of Aden, the entry point for contraband African coffees.

Rwanda Butare-Bufcafe Washing Station Improvements

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These images show improvements to the washing station (i.e. the wet-processing coffee mill) that our Rwanda Butare Bourbon comes from. Donations and additional funds from better price for the green coffee paid for these improvements, which will them improve the coffee quality, and hence increase the price ... at least in an ideal world. Hey, we live in that world, and are paying above-fair-trade prices for such lots. These were forwarded to me from Tim at Volcafe as part of a report on this project, and we have already arranged for a microlot from this mill for next year.

Tribute to Paul Stauder Jr., Coffee Exporter 1975-2008

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Paul Stauder was a coffee exporter that handled some of our best Guatemala coffees. Paul Stauder was murdered while bringing the payroll to his family coffee farm on December 6, 2008. I pasted the email I received via Ian at Volcafe below. As you can see from the email, it is a very, very sad situation.

Papua New Guinea: You Confound Me

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I have been to a lot of places that grow coffee. Nothing could prepare me for Papua New Guinea. The more you stay, the more you observe, the less you seem to know.

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