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  1. Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    A few fairly low tech clips and some thoughts on coffee processing and coffee buying in Guatemala.

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  2. Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Part 1 of 2 - Talking about the coffee supply chain among other topics

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  3. Colombia: Early Harvest in Nariño

    Colombia: Early Harvest in Nariño

    Harvest in Nariño comes at a time that is somewhat in between the middle and main harvests of our other primary sources of Colombian coffee, namely Urrao and Caicedo in the north, and La Plata and Inzá down south.

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  4. Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

    Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

    For years we have thought about working in a more direct way with small-scale farmers in Guatemala, and in the 2013 harvest year this effort came to fruition.

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  5. Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Sweet Maria's customer jumps into his own coffee business

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  6. A Path to Food-Grade Cascara at the Helsar Micro-mill

    A Path to Food-Grade Cascara at the Helsar Micro-mill

    Cascara beverages are popping up everywhere these days.

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  7. Day after Day Job

    Day after Day Job

    Many home roasting enthusiasts dream of starting their own roasting businesses.

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  8. Fundamentals: Roasting Guatemalas and Washed Central American Coffees

    Fundamentals: Roasting Guatemalas and Washed Central American Coffees

    High grown washed Central American coffees are practically the control coffee when it comes to roasting, the coffees that roast just like they should.

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  9. Decaf Fundamentals - Updated 1/2017

    Decaf Fundamentals - Updated 1/2017

    When thinking about how to make an excellent decaffeinated coffee you have to first focus on the coffee before decaffeination.

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  10. Introducing the Quest M3s Drum Coffee Roaster

    Introducing the Quest M3s Drum Coffee Roaster

    The Quest M3s isn't necessarily bigger than our other home machines, but perhaps more closely resembles a production roasting experience.

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  11. Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    Taste and Price: When Values Shift

    I recently caught glimpse of this and found it very thought-provoking.

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  12. Day After Day Job Part 6

    Day After Day Job Part 6

    Part 6: Dream Machine- choosing a roaster.

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A Short List, but More to Come! 

A Short List, but More to Come! 
(03/13/15)

You might be looking at our offering list right now thinking, “where is all the coffee?” Ordinarily late winter/early spring is a time where new crop from Latin America and Africa are on the horizon, so our list starts to dwindle quite a bit until those new arrivals show up. This year there’s the additional challenge of months of labor disputes, work slowdowns, and port closures that have held up all sea shipments coming through West Coast ports, especially the Port of Oakland.

We’ve got a few containers on the water that we’ve redirected to other ports to be unloaded and shipped to Oakland via railway, but most shipments are still going to take an extra 3 weeks or so for unloading and processing through customs.

I know a lot of folk are waiting for Centrals right now, but this brings to mind something we were talking about last year: is origin more important than flavor attributes? We have fresh coffees from Burundi and Rwanda that could easily take the place of Centrals on your list, profile-wise, the best of these also fulfilling the need for exotic African coffees (see Gitesi, Collines).

Stay tuned for new arrivals from Colombia, Tanzania and El Salvador before the end of the month!