Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Off to the 2011 Nicaragua Cup of Excellence

I will be representing Batdorf & Bronson at this year’s Nicaragua Cup of Excellence. This will be my second time participating as a juror for the COE. Being selected again and having the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua is quite an honor. Tasting the preeminent coffees this country has to offer is something I am Read more

Upcoming Origin Trip – Tarrazu, Costa Rica

An educational opportunity of a lifetime, I’ve been asked to tag along on a trip to Costa Rica! Bob, our green coffee buyer, visits every year and a couple of folks from Batdorf get to join him. This time it’s me…

Honduran Cup of Excellence

B&B Roaster Brian Meyers is on his way to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to participate as a judge in the Honduran Cup of Excellence competition. He will serve as an international judge who will evaluate samples pre-screened by Honduran cuppers. The competition will take place in the small town of Marcala, about three hours away from the 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