Coffee Origins

El Salvador—Barista Trip

Talking about earthquakes almost certainly causes them, that is now my belief.  After discussing the earthquake in Mexico City yesterday, we were treated to multiple tremors in San Salvador last night.  But all in good fun.  I am currently traveling with our very own Lauren of Public Domain coffee to visit our Direct Trade producers in El Salvador.  We are both California girls, so the tremors did not faze us, and we were rearing to go this morning. Read more »


Visit to Tanzania for the EAFCA Conference – Part 2

I journeyed to Tanzania and the annual EAFCA (Eastern African Fine Coffees Association) conference as an honored guest of the Association, being asked to give two presentations during the convention. It was a privilege to be invited to be a speaker at the event, a role that I enjoy fulfilling anytime and anywhere in the world where I can talk coffee with a room full of people that love it as much as I do! Read more »


Visit to Tanzania for the EAFCA Conference - Part 1

After a recent trip to Africa Molly Laverty, our Producer Relations Manager, blogged “Tanzania is really far from Portland”. Having just returned from the latest EAFCA (Eastern African Fine Coffees Association) annual meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania, I can similarly attest to the remoteness of Tanzania and the difficulty in getting there and coming back! Read more »


Kilimanjaro Day 7

My final day in Tanzania!  Little did I know it would be such an adventurous one, but more on that at the end. Read more »


Kilimanjaro Day 5

Day 5 was spent touring Tudeley Estate’s farms, Kibo and Kikafu.  Jackson Matenge was my tour guide for the day-- Tudeley Estate’s acting general manager

Kibo Estate: Read more »


Kilimanjaro Day 4

There has been a mosquito haunting me all day.  I woke up this morning at 4:45 am to him buzzing in my ear.  Taunting me, letting me know that he outsmarted my mosquito net and will soon be feasting on my ankles.  I managed to avoid him all morning, slapping my ears like a mad woman whenever he ventured too close.  He finally drove me out of bed at 5:30, when I decided to take a walk in the hazy morning light and attempt to spot a glimpse of the looming Mt Kilimanjaro. Read more »


Kilimanjaro Day 3

Today we spent the day in the city of Moshi, jumping off point for Mt. Kilimanjaro treks as well as the coffee center of Tanzania.  Annabel and I first visited the office of Tudeley Estates in Moshi, where a very kind Eric showed us Tudeley’s cupping lap and sample roasting facilities.  Although I wasn’t able to snap a photo, I was shocked to see that their sample roaster was the same Probat model as ours at Coffee Bean International, although with 6 drums instead of 3. Read more »


Kilimanjaro Day 2

Today I woke up to the sound of buzzing crickets and many other unidentified insects.  The sounds of Africa.  Looking out the window is breathtaking, all of the dark shadows I saw last night driving to Kibo Estates from Kilimanjaro airport have revealed themselves to be colorful flowers, tall, spindly trees, and the vast, towering Mt. Kilimanjaro. Read more »


Kilimanjaro, Day 1

Things I discovered today:

  1. Tanzania is really far from Portland. 
  2. The Sahara desert looks amazing from an airplane

CQI and Harvest Visit to Colombia

I just returned from a week in Colombia, attending a board meeting of the Coffee Quality Institute (“CQI”) of which I’m privileged to be deeply involved with as a Trustee and long time supporter. Hosted this year by the Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (known to most in the coffee business simply as the “FNC”, or “Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia) our CQI group split its time in Colombia between board work and field work - with meetings held in Bogotá and Cartagena, and boots on the ground in the coffee regions surrounding the towns of Armenia, Manizales, and Pereira. Read more »

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