Posts Tagged ‘COFFEE ORIGIN’

What is Fair Trade Coffee?

When a product features the Fair Trade USA logo, the nonprofit organization Fair Trade USA has certified that the people who produce that product are justly compensated for their work; in the case of fair trade coffee, the Fair Trade logo indicates that coffee farmers have received a price per pound that equates to livable Read more

Coffee’s Appellation Trail

One of the extraordinary things that happens when you drive from Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala (to visit friends at Finca El Valle, for example), aside from surviving sketchy lane changes made by local buses, is something invisible. You cross a line, unknown to most people but well defined in the minds of that region’s 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

Photo Album: Hilary Yarbrough in Costa Rica

Recently our all-star retail management team spent some time in Costa Rica learning about coffee production and processing at the origin.Talented photographer and coffee-bar manager Hilary Yarbrough brought her camera and has shown us what things are like on a coffee farm in Costa Rica. We have a more detailed trip report on the way, but Read more