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  1. Sign Up For Our  Colombian Coffee Sourcing Discussion & Slideshow on March 6th

    Sign Up For Our Colombian Coffee Sourcing Discussion & Slideshow on March 6th

    Dan and Tom will discuss the leg work that goes into buying coffee from this ever important coffee origin.

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  2. Colombia: New Projects, Familiar Faces

    Colombia: New Projects, Familiar Faces

    Hear more about the new coffee buying operation in San Antonio, Inzá

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  3. Ethiopia Beshasha School Project in Agaro

    Ethiopia Beshasha School Project in Agaro

    A University prep school in rural Agaro Ethiopia, funded by the premiums paid for coffee to 3 coops: Duromina, Biftu Gudina and Hunda Oli

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  4. 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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  5. Sweet Maria's Supports Doctors Without Borders

    Sweet Maria's Supports Doctors Without Borders

    Sweet Maria's is supporting Doctors Without Borders throughout September

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Podcast: Coffee and Microorganisms with Leo and Jenni Henao: Los Palomos, Colombia

    Podcast: Coffee and Microorganisms with Leo and Jenni Henao: Los Palomos, Colombia

    Another great insight into coffee and how Leo and Jenni Henao incorporate microorganisms into the process of farming great coffee.

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  10. Podcast: Indonesian Coffee with Coffee Trader, Daniel Shewmaker

    Podcast: Indonesian Coffee with Coffee Trader, Daniel Shewmaker

    Tom and David chat about the Indonesian coffee trade.

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  11. Kenya - Samuel Kabuye, just 76 years at Karagoto mill

    Kenya - Samuel Kabuye, just 76 years at Karagoto mill

    Another great trip to Kenya, to see the amazing system from the small cooperative farmer, to the factory (what they call a coffee mill), to the dry mill and preparing coffee for export.

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  12. Peru, or ... the Longest Slideshow Ever

    Peru, or ... the Longest Slideshow Ever

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  1. Back in black (from Harar)

    Back in black (from Harar)

    The title? Well, I am just humoring myself. I have one clean t-shirt left and it's black.

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  2. Early morning Ethiopia

    Early morning Ethiopia

    The problem with traveling to Africa or Indonesia is you are totally flipped, time-zone wise.

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  3. 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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  4. India: Karnataka, Chikmagalur, Ghats 2008

    India: Karnataka, Chikmagalur, Ghats 2008

    In early 2008 I visited India for the first time to get some first hand experience with coffee production here, and to get a sense of what level of quality is possible.

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  5. Costa Rica micro-mills

    Costa Rica micro-mills

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  6. India/Delightful/Appalling

    India/Delightful/Appalling

    As usual, the arrival at an origin country is disappointing ...a whimper, not a bang.

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  7. Mexico Chiapas '06

    Mexico Chiapas '06

    A trip to the coffee growing region of Chiapas.

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  8. Costa Rica - Naranjo, Tarrazu, Dota -2007

    Costa Rica - Naranjo, Tarrazu, Dota -2007

    This is a way-back archive travelogue of a cupping trip to Costa Rica in 2007!

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  9. Guatemala Travels in 2006.

    Guatemala Travels in 2006.

    I went to the 2006 Guatemala Cup of Excellence, and instead of flying I just shared a minivan with the Stumptowners. This is an extra boring set of photos...

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  10. Nicaragua Cup of Excellence 2006

    Nicaragua Cup of Excellence 2006

    A trip to the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition.

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  11. El Salvador Travels: Cup of Excellence -2006

    El Salvador Travels: Cup of Excellence -2006

    I slacked off after my quadruple header of Central Cup of Excellences, but here's a bunch of boring photos on a coffee competition. ;-<

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  12. Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 5

    Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 5

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  13. Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 4

    Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 4

    Oh no, who is this guy, and why do i suddenly want to buy everything in sight?

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  14. Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 3

    Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 3

    On Sunday there is a parade on the boulevard Las Americas.

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  15. Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 2

    Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels, page 2

    On the way from Antigua to Guatemala City we found wonderland. But we didn't have time for tea, we were late, late!

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  16. Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels

    Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2006 & Guatemala Travels

    An extended trip, the last of coffee comeptitions i judged, consecutively, a lot of time away from home.

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  17. El Salvador January 2006 Travelogue

    El Salvador January 2006 Travelogue

    From the way back machine - another harvest time Central America trip to learn about the crop in El Salvador - a bit too early to do much cupping though.

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  18. Hawaii Kona Coffee Fest 2005

    Hawaii Kona Coffee Fest 2005

    I came to Kona, invited to be a judge at the 2005 Cupping Competition. I was a bit frazzled from work, but happy to be away from the computer at least!

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  19. Hawaii Kona Coffee Fest 2005, page 3

    Hawaii Kona Coffee Fest 2005, page 3

    Sacred Hawaiian Altar defiled by the German elderly!

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  20. Hawaii Kona Coffee Fest 2005, page 2

    Hawaii Kona Coffee Fest 2005, page 2

    Putting danger aside, I was a big fan of the steam vents at Kilauea, finding them sulfurous in odor, but nice and warm.

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