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  1. We Are Not Nuts Over Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

    We Are Not Nuts Over Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

    We hope to protect your breakables with environmentally safe packing material sooner than later.

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Coffee Production Timetable

    Coffee Production Timetable

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  6. Coffee Quality

    Coffee Quality

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  7. Proper Pants for Coffee Travels?

    Proper Pants for Coffee Travels?

    Tom's take on on the right pants...more than just protection from ants.

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  8. New(ish) Methods in Brazil Coffee Production

    New(ish) Methods in Brazil Coffee Production

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  9. Costa Rica Coffee Competition

    Costa Rica Coffee Competition

    No, we're not having a competition for Costa Rican coffee. But for both private and cooperative mills in many of Costa Rica's growing regions, the competition for ripe cherry has become quite intense insuring an uptick in coffee prices, despite the ever-dipping NY Commodities Exchange.

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  10. The Mania of Tanzania

    The Mania of Tanzania

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  11. Podcast: Episode 1 - Coffee Buying and Travel

    Podcast: Episode 1 - Coffee Buying and Travel

    While grinding and brewing a cup of coffee in Ethiopia, Tom talks about what goes into purchasing the coffee that ends up in your home roaster.

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  12. Jabez Burns 4 Barrel and 5 Barrel Sample Roasters

    Jabez Burns 4 Barrel and 5 Barrel Sample Roasters

    As inspiration for building home-made drum roasters or roasters from converted gas barbeque grills, I wanted to share some photos of the Jabez Burns sample roaster.

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Our Coffee Shipment Departing the Isle of St. Helen, 2001 crop

Our Coffee Shipment Departing the Isle of St. Helen, 2001 crop

UPDATE 11/19/04 : Well, a sample of the latest shipment from St. Helena has come in, and the the news is not good. The broker warned "it's baggy" - but having tasted it, that was putting it nicely. The coffee is just bad - which just goes to show that good trees, soil, and weather, and proven ability to produce great coffee in the past is no guarantee of even passable coffee. It is a real disappointment considering that we were waiting on the coffee all year, since the 60#s we received last year about this time, and had committed to 6 bags of it. Future shipments are very iffy as we have basically written them off, and who knows when they will be able to produce the kind of coffee they are capable of once again. At this point we don't have a lot of faith in their quality control. If they will ship us old baggy coffee and think we would accept it just to stock this limited coffee, they underestimate us. Cup quality comes first - the rest is incidental. I will warn you away from this coffee as, even on a small scale, you are risking similar results. - Tom


Our Coffee Shipment Departing the Isle of St. Helen, 2001 crop

Never before have I had the opportunity to see images of my coffee being shipped out from halfway around the globe: that's something pretty neat about the internet. And since most coffee is is produced in rather large quantities, I have never seen such a small shipment of a precious coffee being handled with such personal care! I am so thrilled to buy a coffee produced so meticulously and in such small quantities...

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The coffee transport vehicle of choice in St. Helena: the diehard Land Rover!


Decending the hill from coffee land to port ...hey, that's our coffee boat. Well, since it will only have 260 lbs of coffee on it the name may not be justified. That's the soveregn city of Jamestown.


Downtown Jamestown on a bustling busy day. Hey, that's the Red Rover! Get back to work ...


Loading our '00 shipment of 500 Lbs of coffee into wood shipping crates. The St. Helena Coffee Company overseas all the coffee production, and is carefully managed by David Henry whose name appears on the crate there...


Then the coffee was loaded into a steel shipping container and hoisted on a barge to take out to the ship. Mind you, the standard coffee shipment and capacity of such a container is 37,500 lbs. I think we are 37,000 pounds light on this one!


No trip to town woul be complete without a trip to the Govenor's mansion. I am not sure if it is hard to find a parking spot on St. Helena, but the Gov. is all set if it becomes that way!


Our Coffee Review of St. Helena:


This is the view from the Coffee Ground plot on St. Helena, the exact land where our shipment of St. Helena comes from ... WOW!

David Henry, the fellow you can thank for reviving coffee production on Saint Helena