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Visiting Coffee Farms with Atlanta Chefs

Our coffee buyer, Bob Benck, travelled last month with some of Atlanta’s favorite chefs and Batdorf partners. They visited a few of the coffee farms that make our amazing coffees possible.  Recently I traveled to visit three of our supply partners in both Costa Rica and Guatemala.  This is not unusual for me, I regularly Read more

Bob Benck: Inside the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange

I arrived a day late due to a missed connection in Frankfurt, Germany. Fortunately, Continental Airlines was graceful enough to give me a day room at a nearby hotel along with a stipend of 30 euros. I was turned loose in Frankfurt with about thirteen hours to do as I pleased. First a quick nap Read more

Coffee is No Longer King in Costa Rica

The last decade has definitely seen great change in Costa Rica’s coffee economy. Currently, coffee production accounts for less than 1% of the country’s GDP. In 2006 the figure was 2.7% and has quickly decreased since then. Computer chip production and tourism generate the bulk of the Costa Rica’s revenue. In 2000 Costa Rica exported Read more

2009 Let’s Talk Coffee – Nicaragua

Producers, exporters, and roasters gathered at Montelimar, Nicaragua for the annual “Let’s Talk Coffee” event this past weekend. The theme for this year’s event was “Conectividad” or “connectivity”. This annual event serves as an opportunity to get …