El Salvador, Feb 2013

El Salvador, Feb 2013

The Central American buying season comes around at a great time of year! Happy to leave cold, dreary London, my first stop was El Salvador. One of my favourite countries not just for the tasty coffee, but also for the…

Kenya, Feb 2013: 2

Kenya, Feb 2013: 2

NAIROBI Another day of a couple of hundred cups, and a chance to recup my favourites against each other again. The final lower grade coffees left to cup of the 13th auction catalogue were also on the table, most of…

Kenya, Feb 2013: 1

Kenya, Feb 2013: 1

NAIROBI The Kenyan buying season is one of my favourite times of the year, a great reason to visit a country and coffees that I love. The harvest is running a little late this year, so even though I delayed…

December Yardsale!

December Yardsale!

Last year we hosted a yard sale of all our old and spare cups, saucers, brewing implements, tools, accessories etc etc. It was a huge success so we are doing another one, except we’re doing it inside, cause it’s freezing…

Burundi Cup of Excellence

Burundi Cup of Excellence

I was also lucky enough to be able to attend the 1st Burundi Cup of Excellence, another great opportunity to explore an origin I don’t often see samples of. Held in Bujumbura, it was a week of wonderful people and…

Mexico Cup of Excellence

Mexico Cup of Excellence

Straight after the Honduras Cup of Excellence I flew to Mexico City to take part in the first ever Mexico Cup of Excellence, a competition many years in the making and a very exciting chance to explore an origin I…

Honduras Cup of Excellence

Honduras Cup of Excellence

Back in May I had the pleasure of attending the Honduran Cup of Excellence in Tegucigalpa. I didn’t manage to get too many pictures but I thought I’d put a couple up on here just to have a small record…

Colombia, March 2012: Finca San Luis

Colombia, March 2012: Finca San Luis

Back in March I was invited to attend the 2nd annual Cupping Extravaganza at Finca El Roble in Mesa de los Santos, arranged in collaboration with Virmax. I flew in a couple of days early so I could go visit…

Kenya, January & February 2012: 3

Kenya, January & February 2012: 3

THURSDAY The morning began with more cupping at CKCM, revisiting some old favourites and trying out some unknown factories. Kimathi talked me through the QC process that starts when the bags of parchment arrive at the mill: at least 35%…

Kenya, January & February 2012: 2

Kenya, January & February 2012: 2

WEDNESDAY     Today was the first of two days to be spent in Nyeri cupping at CKCM and visiting some of the local factories. At the mill we were greeted by Veronica who showed us to the meeting room…