Past entries

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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