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    Timor No Leste

    Posted from the road, some thoughts on coffee from East Timor (Timor Leste) and working with small holder farmers.

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    Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

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  3. Aillio Bullet R1 Roaster: Testing Airflow with Rwanda Kageyo

    Aillio Bullet R1 Roaster: Testing Airflow with Rwanda Kageyo

    A look at two extreme examples of airflow settings on the Bullet and how they affect roast development.

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    20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    Take advantage of this great discount on these crowd-pleasing coffees.

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    Behmor Roast Profile: Ethiopiques 2.0

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  6. Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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Mount Sinabung Eruption in Sumatra

Mount Sinabung Eruption in Sumatra

(01/16/14)
The Mount Sinabung volcano in Sumatra has erupted over 30 times in the last few months leading to mass evacuations and destruction in the vicinity, including many coffee farms. We shared this picture on our twitter feed and Facebook page.

This is a rather striking image. It's much different than the majority of images of coffee growing regions that we commonly see, images that are rich in color and vibrant with life and growth and activity. This image is grey and devastating. I have to say that I was rather struck by a number of the comments (most deleted now) that were made on our posts that seemed to be rather glib. I don't think the folks who made the comments truly meant any ill will, but it really hit me how they were able to be so detached from the reality of the image and what it represented. I didn't see any similar comments with recent volcanic eruptions in Central America, and I know when our friend's at Safehouse Coffee in Griffin, GA shop burned down 2 years ago there was a massive outpouring of support and compassion for their loss.

What made this different? Is it because coffees from Sumatra are out of favor with current roasting trends? Is it because the image itself almost seems otherworldly and it's easy to detach? Are the comments nervous comments? I don't know. I just know that it's all rather breathtaking.