• Villa Sarchi

    Varietal: Villa Sarchi Related to: Bourbon, Typica, Pacas Origin: Costa Rica Botany: Mutation Grows best at: 500 metres or above Prevalent in: Costa Rica Predominant Colour: Red Fruit size: Normal rounded Plant Size: Dwarf (short) Leaf Characteristics: Bronze colored leaves scattered throughout the green leaves Plants per hector: 3,585 Recommended Spacing:1.67m x 1.67m Common Tasting Notes:Fruit… Continue Reading

  • Catimor

    Its ages since I did a new varietal post, but with this weeks in my mug being a catimor I thought it was about time I did. Catimors one of the unloved bad guys of coffee, but I’ve found a couple of examples of it being quite the oposite. I guess this comes back ot… Continue Reading

  • Flashback friday 4

    You think i forgot about this right !! Well wrong, that just proves you don’t follow my instagram account where last weeks flashback was a picture. This week we look at an article I wrote back in 2008, and I am as proud of it today as I was back then. Its an insight to who I… Continue Reading

  • Colombia

    It is believed that the first coffee seeds arrived on the American continent thanks to the French and Dutch. The French introduced the seeds to their colonies (Guyana and Martinique) at the end of the seventeenth century, while the Dutch introduced them to Surinam in 1714. Coffee was first introduced to Colombia in 1723, thanks… Continue Reading

  • Pacamaras

    This month the ‘focus on’ from in my mug is on the varietal pacamara. It’s inspired by the Yellow Pacamara we have brought in from Limoncillo, but has been many months in the writing. This yellow pacamara comes from the special auction that was held this year, called Los Favoritos Fincas Mierisch, where some very… Continue Reading

  • Ethiopian coffee and the ECX

    So I got asked to write an article by Fresh Cup Magazine (a US coffee publication) on Ethiopian coffee and the ECX. It was in last months edition, so I thought that I would share it with you here now, I hope you enjoy How Ethiopia is stonewalling specialty buyers by Stephen Leighton Ethiopia is one… Continue Reading