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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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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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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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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.