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  1. Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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  2. 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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  3. Video: Kenya Koffee Klips (& Kupping)

    Video: Kenya Koffee Klips (& Kupping)

    New video starring Tom, goats, farmers and coffee....in Kenya.

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  4. Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    How we grade for the quality of our dry process coffees

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  5. Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Podcast Episode #24: Kafa in the Morning, Ethiopia

    Tom's thoughts and various experiences from his recent travels in Kafa, Ethiopia, near the town of Bonga.

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  6. Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    Ethiopia - Road Dust and Deep Ruts

    A post from the road ... about our trip through southern and western Ethiopia coffee lands in late 2018.

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  7. Uganda Like This Coffee

    Uganda Like This Coffee

    Coffee from western Uganda has typically been low grade commercial quality. But potential is there...

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  8. Sulawesi and the Sumatra Effect.

    Sulawesi and the Sumatra Effect.

    Some thoughts on Suluwesi and Indonesia in general while traveling there...

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  9. Podcast Episode #22 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2

    Podcast Episode #22 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 2

    Part 2 of 2 - Continuing the talk about the coffee supply chain and other topics

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  10. 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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  11. Farm Gate Coffee™

    Farm Gate Coffee™

    Farm Gate Coffee is the name we give to our direct trade coffee buying program. Farm Gate pricing means that we have negotiated a price directly with the farmer "at the farm gate," that is, without any of the confusing export and import fees.

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  12. Podcast Episodes 19 & 20: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    Podcast Episodes 19 & 20: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    A while back we had Mary Maina Manyeki visit us in Oakland, and had a great conversation about her experiences as a Kenya coffee farmer.

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  1. 2015 SCAA wrap up

    2015 SCAA wrap up

    Tim, our product buyer just got back from the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event/trade show in Seattle.

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  2. Adios! We're Out! Hooray!

    Adios! We're Out! Hooray!

    No more Centrals, and that's a good thing.

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  3. Podcast: The Burundi Coffee System

    Podcast: The Burundi Coffee System

    We hope you enjoy Tom's reflections on Burundi's coffee industry, production systems, colonial history, co-ops and other organizations.

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  4. Podcast: Processing Coffee at Gitesi, Rwanda

    Podcast: Processing Coffee at Gitesi, Rwanda

    Here's what happens to coffee before it leaves Gitesi station

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  5. The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

    The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

    New gear for your kitchen counter.

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  6. Podcast Episode 5: Local Coffee Price and Competition

    Podcast Episode 5: Local Coffee Price and Competition

    During a trip to Guatemala, Tom recorded his thoughts on the coffee market.

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  7. Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrubs and Brokers and Importers

    Shrub backed its way into selling green coffee to roasters.

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  8. Theft: Side Effect of High Coffee Prices

    Theft: Side Effect of High Coffee Prices

    I had sent this tweet last night: "Stolen: Container of coffee. Where: Guatemala. Contents: Sweet Maria's and Stumptown coffees. Description: Big metal box. Call me if found."

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  9. March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

    March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

    We get an occasional customer who resists the preponderance of information on our web site that coffee is, indeed, an agricultural product.

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  10. Thoughts on the market

    Thoughts on the market

    Coffee is about to get so ridiculously expensive.

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  11. Pay Up, Coffee Guy.

    Pay Up, Coffee Guy.

    With the NYBOT coffee market at historic highs, things have become very difficult when sourcing coffee at origin.

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  12. Small Quality-Obsessed Coffee Roasters On the Rise!

    Small Quality-Obsessed Coffee Roasters On the Rise!

    It's the basic premise of "God in a Cup" the gawd-awful book about personality-driven business.

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  13. History of Coffee Chart

    History of Coffee Chart

    I had to seam this image together, so I am not sure how legible it is.

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  14. Gesha - is it all that?

    Gesha - is it all that?

    I guess being the most celebrated coffee of a celebrated cultivar has its downside.

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  15. Coffee Cultivar Conversation in Panama 2009

    Coffee Cultivar Conversation in Panama 2009

    At the Best of Panama competition, a very interesting conversation about coffee varietals ...

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  16. Crazy coffee tasting competition at scaa.

    Crazy coffee tasting competition at scaa.

    So this coffee taster competition (SCAA US Cup Taster's Championship!) seemed ridiculous and I dismissed it out of hand

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  17. $caa in hotlanta

    $caa in hotlanta

    In a way, I wonder why I go. I count among the disaffected, I suppose.

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  18. Darleen Scherer from Gorilla Coffee and yo 

    Darleen Scherer from Gorilla Coffee and yo 

    Somebody apparently got hold of my camera and took a few shots.

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  19. A post from Rwanda

    A post from Rwanda

    I always prefer to have the cuppings in the coffee areas, as opposed to the big city.

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  20. Roasters Guild Retreat 2008 SCAA (Page 2)

    Roasters Guild Retreat 2008 SCAA (Page 2)

    This was one of the smallest Roaster Guild Retreats, with about 100 participants.

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