Most of us – if we were lucky – were taught the Golden Rule at home as we were growing up.  “Do unto others, as you would have done to you.”  But applying that rule to business is a concept many of us have learned from Bill Harris Jr. Bill thinks of business a little […]

Biodynamic preparation the COMSA coffee farmers call Minerals of the Mountain

In Honduras, coffee farmers are so serious about organics that they’ve got a biospheric buffer zone around their community with signs reading something like No chemicals come in here! Members of COMSA coffee trading company are truly alchemizing their native soil in ways that are the envy of farmers in other nations.

Mr. Saleh a village-level collector with the Tamas Mumanang village that produces Permata Gayo coffee.

The farmers of Permata Gayo were ready to produce their highest-quality coffee ever.  By November, the bright white coffee flowers had transformed into budding green fruits, and the limbs of their coffee trees were swollen with promise.  A new processing facility was ready to receive ripe, red cherries that would turn into export-grade green coffee. […]

Hannah Mercer is an Authorized Sprecialty Coffee Association Trainer

Do you suspect, beneath the surface of your everyday life, there brews a latent desire to know everything there is about coffee but you don’t know where to start? Keep reading, cause that’s what happened to me. I always want to know more about anything I’m involved with, so when I started working at a coffee shop, my interest lead me on a journey through the supply chain of coffee across the United States and all over the world. There is much still to learn, see and experience, and so many people to meet.

Coop members at Permata Gayo survey coffee crops

Picture yourself in the Sumatran jungle mountains of North Indonesia, a crescendo of mountains shooting up from the sea where many locals’ lives depend on the coffee industry. This is one of the most beautifully lush regions of the world but fraught with historical mistreatment that lead to separatist fighting since 1976.

Over the course of the year, we get to interact with some wonderful businesses that inspire us to keep fighting the good fight. Their products are the perfect addition to your Christmas gift-giving, especially for those do-gooders in your life.

Cafe Campesino visited its fair trade, organic coffee trading partners in Cauca, Colombia, in 2017. Learn more about their trip to Fondo Paez.

Sustainability in Specialty Coffee is key for us and others, as the industry adjusts and the climate changes. Learn how we’re laying the groundwork for our future.

People ask me all the time what’s one thing they can do to step up their coffee game in the morning. Once you go beyond buying high quality, fresh coffee, the answer is simple: buy your coffee whole bean and grind it fresh every morning. With that being said… there are hundreds of grinder options on the market, and choosing the right one for your lifestyle can be overwhelming. Here are a few questions, and suggestions, to help you find the right grinder for your morning brew.

It seems in the coffee world there is the ever-present question: “Which brew method is better?”. Professionals and avid home users alike will all champion one as their favorite, swearing that it produces THE BEST cup of coffee, every time. But with so many brew methods out there, they can’t all be right, can they? […]

A French Press is one of the easiest and most recognized manual brew methods. Since they come in a variety of sizes they can be perfect for making a personal cup, or a brew for six people to share. This is often described as a “set it and forget it” method – perfect for beginners or for people who want an easy way to experiment with brewing variables like time or coffee-to-water ratio. French Presses are characterized by their full body and heavy sediment in the finished cup.

It’s fitting that “International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples” (Aug. 9) falls squarely in the middle of “National Coffee Month” (August). Nearly all our coffees come from indigenous communities around the world. The contributions of indigenous peoples to specialty coffee are exceptional, and we would have little to offer our customers without the hard work of people like the Ixil in the Guatemalan Highlands or the Gayo in the mountains of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia. It seems that these people- who continue to work to protect their languages and cultures – are often forgotten by the rest of the world- their ancient histories lost in the modern melting pot of international business. We encourage you to take today and every day to learn more about the rich and vibrant indigenous communities of the world. Many of these people spend their entire lives on the front lines of environmental stewardship and social justice- tending to organic plots of land or standing in solidarity with their marginalized friends, colleagues and neighbors.