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…

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…