Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)

For the last two years the world’s largest gathering of coffee professionals has been held in Seattle, Washington. Each year the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) hosts “The Event,” a symposium, conference, and exhibition attended by over 10,000 coffee professionals from all over the world. From coffee farmers to baristas, every segment of the Read more

Rwandan Coffee Emerges

It is difficult to talk about Rwandan coffee without talking about the tragedies from which the coffee farming sector in that country recovered. Many coffee growing communities were decimated during the genocide 20 years ago and coffee farms were abandoned. Then, just when coffee growers were starting to rebuild and reestablish their farms and mills, Read more

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

The Biography of the Specialty Coffee Bean

The coffee bean. Placing it into a grinder and pulverizing it into grounds is a dramatic transformation, to be sure, but it really pales in comparison to all the things your friend, the coffee bean, has been through before it arrived in your kitchen. Your coffee bean was born on a tree, inside fruit, a Read more

On the Road: Costa Rica Part Two – AFAORCA

Here is part two (read part one here) of Emma’s wonderful Costa Rica trip log. In part two Emma describes the team’s visit to the AFAORCA Cooperative during the christening of their new dry mill and joins in on the end of harvest celebrations. AFAORCA—The Co-op After we packed up our bags and loaded up Read more

On the Road: Costa Rica Part One – La Minita Estate

A small group from our Customer Service and Retail departments joined Bob on his latest visit to a few plantations in Costa Rica. They were there to learn about coffee production, harvesting, and processing at the source. One member of the party, Emma Sinclair–customer service rep. extraordinaire, maintained an excellent travel log and you can Read more