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Servex Mill - Guatemala 2013

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.