Firstly let me apologise for the lack of updates here. A mixture of the busiest December EVER, and a collapse of the body and mind as soon as the Christmas break came. But in January I expect to write more updates than ever, and more opinions than ever.
So Brazil for a long time has shown everyone in the specialty market how things should be done. The giant of the coffee world has some very intelligent people in charge who understand added value things. Yes there are other (notably El Salvador) that are catching them up but some news I heard today just reminds me how forward thinking they are.
For years green coffee has been transported in Hessian jute sacks. When I first got in to coffee it puzzled me why food grade products like coffee would be transported this way. Jute is susceptible to the cold damp and and taint more than any other way (those who remember or Honduras cup of excellence post will understand what I’m talking about).
As my experience in coffee grew I still couldn’t work out why transport premium coffees this way, yes the romance of a jute sack is something I love, and seeing the Has Bean logo on a sack still makes me smile big inside. But the green coffee needs to be treated better. So Brazil’s plans to Vac pack in protective foil all of the cup of excellence lots is a great idea. Being used as an experiment the costs are being shared by the farmer and the buyer I can see this the way all top end coffees will be packed.
I don’t know the science behind what this will do to the coffee (and would love to hear your ideas) but have my theories. But what I do know it will protect it from outside elements which cant be a bad thing, and has helped Daterra and The Australian Mountain top, keep far better. There are the obvious storage benefits too, its easier to stack some square cubes of vac packed coffee to sacks
Is it the end for Hessian jute sacks, I guess not, tradition dies hard but a step closer to putting it all in the past for top end coffee? I hope so. Hats off Brazil.