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…

Kenya, January & February 2012: 1

Kenya, January & February 2012: 1

MONDAY Oh, Kenya, Kenya, Kenya. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to come back here, ‘cause your coffees are delicious and your land is beautiful. Maybe it was the Nairobi traffic that put me off, cause in…

Sumatra, January 2012: 3

Sumatra, January 2012: 3

THURSDAY The last day at Wahana started with a guided tour of the fields, having a closer look at the Andong Sari which is now in its 2nd year of producing. It’s a Javanese hybrid that have good yields there,…

Sumatra, January 2012: 2

Sumatra, January 2012: 2

WEDNESDAY After a few hours of sleep at Wahana (jetlag and barking St Bernards are not a good combo!) we set off to visit more farms, heading north to Merek. A trip that should have taken an hour took two…

Sumatra, January 2012: 1

Sumatra, January 2012: 1

SATURDAY Medan is hot and humid, not my favourite type of weather but if you’re into it I guess it’s nice to get a free steam bath every time you walk outside! I haven’t done as much research into Indonesian…