Past entries

the new frontier
of high-quality
specialty coffee

Our green coffee team recently spent eight days traversing the mountains of Ecuador, visiting farmers in a bid create long-term, sustainable, and personal relationships.

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Caravan goes Stateside
Part II

The added bonus of competing in the New York competition was, in fact, getting to go to New York. Now, I’m no stranger to the big apple having been there a few times already, but every time I have the chance to go, it’s pretty exciting. I have been...

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Caravan goes Stateside
Part I

What started as a little rush of ‘I could do that’ at LCF2016, quickly became a battle against time and even my own patience. Having been quite involved in our Caravan Coffee Roasters’ sponsorship of the Coffee Masters competition in London, I had been quite attracted to the idea...

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creating a
macchina da caffè

Little did I know that a brief chat with Luigi Morello from Faema (I had no idea who he was) back in April of 2014 would end up with Steve, Mike and myself being invited to Gruppo Cimbali in Binasco, Milan, to take part in some R&D for a new...

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The many faces of Cascara

Cascara, in Spanish, means ‘husk’.

 

Cascara is the dried cherry and pulp, sometimes lightly roasted in order to make a delightful low caffeinated (only 2.02g of caffeine per kg of cascara), quite sweet and very fruity brew.

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Fighting roya in Guatemala

In January 2016 we went back to Guatemala to visit Finca El Hato and to see how they were doing in their fight against roya. We started working with El Hato in January last year after visiting the farm and meeting the owner Christian Rasch. Since then, El Hato has...

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The Quality Enforcers
of Nicaragua

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of visiting Nicaragua; It was one of three new relationship building visits in Central America, a story we absolutely can’t wait to share with you!

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THE NINERS
IDENTITIES REVEALED

  Coffee Masters is a multi-disciplinary global barista tournament designed by Allegra Events and coffee creative duo Rob Dunne & Victor Frankowski. The competition sees some of the world’s best baristas compete head-to-head, in an extreme test of a barista’s skill as they contend for the prestigious Coffee Master.  ...

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Curds & Whey

    A signature drink created for UK Coffee Week To celebrate UK Coffee Week, we have designed a signature drink that explores and celebrates the relationship between cocktails and coffee in our bars and restaurants. We have taken inspiration from the robust and vibrant flavours of our recently developed espresso...

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Carbon Neutral/Positive farming in Brazil

My first visit to Brazil was in 2013, and I’d come away with the classic assessment, that it was a country of never ending coffee hills, humongous coffee processing plants, gigantic semi mechanical farms, and in general, felt there was a lost love for the art of coffee production. I’m...

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London Coffee Festival
'Origin' series: Part 1 - Brazil

London Coffee Festival asked us to write a four part series about our travels to origin in the search for 9 coffees to be used in this year’s Coffee Masters competition, held at the festival in the Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch. First stop, Brazil.

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Car Boot Natural – A unique processing method

An interesting phenomenon occurred on our recent trip to Colombia. Whilst cupping in Armenia we came across a dry process coffee that blew the minds of all cuppers present. 

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Caravan on Tour
Simon in New Zealand June/July 2015

Since Christmas 2014, I have had the privilege of returning to New Zealand twice. From these trips, albeit only months apart, I have been able to see obvious changes in our thriving industry. Both here in London and down under, two things have stood out for me more than...

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Brazil – Land of opportunity

There’s an awful lot of coffee in Brazil, this much we know.  Historically known as the global powerhouse of the coffee world its production has by and large been focused on commercial grades and quantity. Sadly this has often come at the price of innovation within the specialty sector...

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Motherland Farms Washing Station

My journey to Rwanda in June was an eye opener in many ways. None more so than my first visit to a washing station where I got the chance to see how the process works first hand and connect all the dots that I have read about and talked...

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Guatemala Finca el Hato – Back from the brink (A lesson in progressive farming)

This summer we began to work with an exciting new producer in Guatemala as part of our sourcing program for the Market Blend. Choosing a new coffee and producer is often the result of many months of emails, Skype calls which usually culminates in a trip to origin, so...

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