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Brazil droughts, Commodity markets, and the Coffee Crises

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Wow, what an interesting 4 months following the Coffee Commodity markets. If you are unsure of the back story, here is a link to my opinion piece 10 weeks ago when the market sky rocketed. Click here to read the previous article As the Harvest approaches in Brazil, we are hearing more and more reports of this… Underdeveloped, and rotten beans inside of otherwise healthy looking cherries. Coffee trees are producing healthy amounts of cherries, but many are ripening very early. We will not know how many of the cherries are carrying bad beans until the harvest, which is approaching...

New Autumn Passport coming soon

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It’s hard to believe that it has been three months since we introduced our Passport blend. The seasonal blend has been introduced and scrapped numerous times over the years, but with this new release it looks like it is here to stay. I would like to share with you the process that goes into this blend development, as Passport is a very simple blend. There are a number of ways this process can be approached. Firstly is finding amazing beans that we taste and decide we have to use. We have a large number of samples come through our roastery...

Coffee Traceability: Myths, Marketing and Truths

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In my 12 years as a coffee roaster I have learned a lot, not just about coffee but also about people, relationships and business. As I have developed as a coffee professional I can look back and see how easily influenced I was, and the stupid things I believed in order to validate my cause. The one thing that annoys me, and that I would go back and change, is the publics’ view of ethically traded coffee. I’d naively like to think that everyone would buy more ethically if given the choice, but how hard is it to know what...

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