Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in Wine Spectator! (June 15th issue about California Pinots)
Collaboration in Coffee!
We have been working with Carmelo Yurja and Rene Viadez in Bolivia for three seasons now – since 2010. We strive for these kinds of Direct Trade relationships that are built on quality coffee and a willingness on the farmers’ part to experiment at origin. This year, the experimental lot that is mentioned in the article got 93 on Coffee Review!
There are many benefits to working directly with farms at origin. Developing a sustainable long-term relationship is first and foremost but, at times, introducing those farms to other buyers, buyers who can buy more coffee from the farm, can be of great benefit to the farms and can make it easier for us to get the coffee to the US. So, not only are the relationships with the farms important, but the relationships we develop with other roasting companies help a great deal. Simply, buying coffee at origin is an exercise in collaboration.
In 2011, we invited our friends at PTs Coffee in Topeka to join us in Bolivia. Between both our companies, we have a terrific selection of outstanding Bolivian coffee this year. And while we are just about sold out of this lot highlighted in the Wine Spectator, we are sharing this particular lot with PTs, so if you can’t get it from us, you may be able to score some from them as well when they start roasting it.Button Title