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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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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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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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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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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.