Changing Red Brick

Since this summer, with the arrivals of our Central American coffees, the Red Brick components have changed a little more frequently than they have done in the past, and with the next change coming up in December, I thought I’d…

Jeremie ran a tight ship in  the cupping room

Burundi Cup of Excellence 2014

I’ve just returned from Bujumbura where I’ve again had the pleasure of serving on the International jury for their COE. This was my second time on the Burundi jury, I was also at their first competition in 2012 and I…

Costa Rica, February 2014

Costa Rica, February 2014

Each year I travel to Costa Rica to cup with our exporting partners and visit the farms that we buy from, a trip that this spring resulted in a full container of delicious coffee which just landed in our roastery….

Cascara and caffeine

Cascara and caffeine

We’ve been selling Aida Batlle’s cascara for a few years now, the first time was back in 2008 when we wrote this blog post. Cascara has been a huge hit among our customers, and many other roasters have since started…

El Salvador Cup of Excellence 2013

El Salvador Cup of Excellence 2013

I just returned to London after having the pleasure of judging at the El Salvador Cup of Excellence in San Salvador. Across a week of cupping, the international jury chose 25 coffees of the 51 presented with, to go forward…

Honduras, March 2013

Honduras, March 2013

I was really looking forward to cupping a wide selection of Honduran coffees again, after the COE last year I’ve been very impressed¬† by the range of flavours this country produces. They still struggle with some processing and shipping problems,…

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…