Bags piled high at Don Esteban

Nicaragua, March 2013

It’s the dry season in Nicaragua, and as we drove from the airport the smell of burning grass filled the warm air. Once into coffee mill country, I was a bit troubled to be passing some large exporters where bags…

Coopedota

Costa Rica, Feb/March 2013

Costa Rica is a country I’ve been buying a lot of coffee from from the start, but I’ve never had the opportunity to go. Small, full of micromills and well organized, the country is a great starting point for anyone…

Parchment arriving via waterchannels from the mill

Guatemala, Feb 2013

The bus from San Salvador to Guatemala City is a brilliant thing. Comfy, wifi and easy border crossing, this is definitely recommended if you’re going to make the trip. With the final destination being Antigua I was picked up by…

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…