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Nick Visits El Salvador 2016

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2016 El Salvador Coffee Sourcing Trip Part 2 of 2 By Nick Berardi Anny Ruth Pimentel’s farm, Finca Loma la Gloria, is fast becoming a favorite of ours here at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. After we scored a 94 on coffeereview.com in June of 2015 with a Red Honeyed Pacamara, Anny Ruth came to San Diego in August 2015 to intern at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. In February, it was our turn to travel. Co-worker, Nikki and I flew down to San Salvador and headed to the farm and mill for an immersion into all things Finca Loma la Gloria. Unfortunately, Anny Ruth was not able to be there herself, but everyone we did meet was amazing. Our host and translator was Anna Gabriella del Pilar De Leon Zamora, and Gabby has a wealth of experience in the industry. She shared with us some of the knowledge she has gained …

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Lindsay Visits El Salvador 2016

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After a day of travel, before we knew it, we arrived in the dark of night to the San Salvador Airport. The air felt humid and tropical. We couldn’t see anything but the shadows of the trees and twinkling lights of the city as we were whisked away by taxi to Anny’s.

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MJ Visits El Salvador 2016

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53 Cuppings of Coffee. Or The ‘Perks’ of a Single Day in El Salvador. How to describe the impact, after working mostly in coffee sales for Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for the last almost 10 years, to be at origin to experience some of our finest coffees in El Salvador? Impossible task! But let me attempt to as best I can.

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Educational Series: Farm to Cup

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It’s Back to School!  And Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is getting into the spirit of learning by creating very short educational videos.  Each Monday, we’ll release a new one on a range of topics.

Here is an Introduction to Farm to Cup Coffees. In later videos, you will learn about Direct Trade, Micro-Lot Coffees and Single Origin Coffees.

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Meet the Grower Event

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This is the first of hopefully many years we will work with Anny Pimentel. Her coffees are spectacular and this year we bought four different lots, one of which got a 94 for us on Coffee Review, one of the highest scores ever for a coffee from El Salvador. Anny’s farm is on the slopes of San Salvador Volcano with an elevation of 1400-2000 meters.

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In the Press

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2014 San Diego Magazine names Bird Rock Coffee Roasters a Hot Plate 2014 San Diego Union-Tribune names Bird Rock Coffee Roasters Top 10 Unique San Diego Gifts Companion article calls out Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in SD UT’s suggested shop local ideas. 2014 AAA’s Westways magazine names Bird Rock Coffee Roasters as 1 of 5 hot coffee spots in Southern California 2014 San Diego Magazine separates the creme de la creme, highlighting Bird Rock Coffee Roasters’ direct trade practices 2014 USA Today puts a spotlight on San Diego’s own Bird Rock Coffee Roasters 2014 Fresh Cup highlights Bird Rock Coffee Roasters public coffee cuppings 2014 Treehugger shares first ever info graphic on direct-trade created by Bird Rock Coffee Roasters 2014 San Diego’s KPBS features Bird Rock Coffee Roasters for the Season 2 premier of Savor San Diego

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Art Exhibits

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is proud to provide wall space to local artists to display their art. The exhibits, located at 5627 La Jolla Blvd La Jolla, CA  92037 rotate regularly, so come by often to check out the wonderful amount of creativity that is in our neighborhood. March 2016 Artist:

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Coffee Review Medallions

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Kenneth Davids and Ron Walters founded Coffee Review in February 1997 with a very simple concept: conduct blind, expert cuppings of coffees and report the findings in the form of 100-point reviews, much like those that exist in the wine industry. Since then, Coffee Review has become the world’s largest and most respected coffee buying guide.

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Video: Direct Trade

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters sources most of their green beans at origin and often works directly with the people who grow it. The concept of Direct Trade though is often misunderstood by consumers and sometimes mis-used by roasters.

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Awards & Milestones

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Recognized as Roaster of the Year in 2012, a national once-in-a-lifetime award, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is proud to have put premiere coffee on the map in San Diego. A regular contributor to the international coffee industry, a consistent winner of multiple awards above the score of 90 from Coffee Review and with a Q-Grader certified roaster on site.

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ACOUSTIC MUSIC SERIES

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Bird Rock Coffee Roasters proudly presents live acoustic music and open mic, featuring local artists and aspiring performers.

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Coffee Sourcing: Central America 2014

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I don’t think anyone in coffee can discuss or write about Central America this year without mentioned the tragic impact Roya has had on the region; most counties’ volume is down at least 30% from last year and with the exception of Nicaragua, no country has been as severally impacted by Roya than El Salvador.

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Kenya & Uganda Coffee Sourcing Trip

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The long haul to Kenya from the west coast of the United States made me really appreciate the short hops to Central America. Man, 28 hours of travel time is taxing! But once I landed, I was ready to go, and excited about the possibility of finding some special lots from one of my favorite coffee origin countries.

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Bolivia Coffee Sourcing Trip 2012

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On my third trip to Bolivia, things did not start out as planned. A missed connection in Dallas meant I would miss my overnight flight to La Paz, Bolivia from Miami — and lead to an entire lost day on the ground sourcing, not good when you only have 5 days total source coffee.

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Latest Coffee Sourcing Trip To Bolivia

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Touching down in Bolivia is always a little disorienting…never easy to get there from San Diego and with the elevation at La Paz at almost 12000 feet, the altitude sickness usually hits you while you are in the customs line — a headache and slight dizziness until your first cup of coca tea at the hotel.

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Bird Rock Coffee Bar

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5627 La Jolla Blvd La Jolla, CA 92037 Monday-Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday-Sunday 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM

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HOSPITALITY STAR OF THE WEEK: CHUCK PATTON

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Patton’s roasting career started in 2001 with a home coffee roaster given to him by his wife. He then moved on to a one-pound capacity roaster and a farmers market stand, home deliveries and a small kiosk in back of an Albertson’s in Pacific Beach.

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SAN DIEGO AIDS WALK & RUN

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Throughout the year, we will use different coffee to highlight and to raise money for causes in origin countries.

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ONE FARM, THREE COFFEES

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To do well in Guatemala’s Cup of Excellence is a serious achievement considering how well-established the coffee industry is in that country, to win it, consistently, year after year, tells you something about El Injerto.

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Man Seeking Coffee: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

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Bird Rock is a local roaster, which has all the trappings of a top notch cafe. They own a La Marzocco GB/5, offer multiple coffees with brew to order options on a V60 pour over bar, serve only freshly roasted coffee, have several high marks from Coffee Review, and appear to be sourcing some pretty good green coffee.

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LOCAL SURFER RAISES MONEY TO HELP HOMELESS KIDS

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“Beyond The Surface,” a non-profit organization since 2009 was created by Emi Koch to raise money to fund programs that help homeless and underprivileged kids in Peru, South Africa and India – countries that host surfing competitions, but then are forgotten by the surfers.