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Colombia Cup of Excellence

Yesterday was the 3rd Colombian cup of Excellence auction. It was from the competition I went out to judge a few weeks ago. There we some very special coffee’s and we are very pleased to have secured the lions share of lot 20, grown by Bertha Cardozo de Ordoñez on the Paramito plantation.This is a rich coffee, that great fruit tones of blood orange and sweetness to match. I’m sitting here drinking the last of the sample I had thinking I cant wait to get my hands on it.

It was a competitive auction where we had hoped to have two lots, but unfortunately for us (and great news for the farmer) the price went to high for the others in my buying group. After all the hype over the Brazil auction number 1 reaching nearly , it was good to see that even though the winner only went for .05 (which is a huge amount of money) there was more money spread around the farmers. I hope Alistair (a member of the trade in Canada) doesn’t mind me using this but in the top 20 lots:

brazil totalled 6648 in 480 bags.
colombia totalled 9495 in 365 bags.

Which is great news for coffee. In the next six weeks there will be four, yes that’s right four auctions, and as always we will be trying to secure the best lots from these competitions, it’s a busy time. Also with Bern coming up (Bern this year is the host city for the annual Specialty Coffee Association of Europe conference), and the UK Barista Champion James Hoffman competing in the world Barista championships, we have much work ahead preparing for the trips auctions and James competition blend. The following week from this we will be doing our first ever trade exhibition. We will be in London’s Olympia for Caffe Culture, trying to spread the word of specialty coffee to the trade, so if you or any one you know is going along, pop on and see us, on stand A9.

So Roll on June, but I guess we will fill that up with something else

Guatemala coffee bus

Well we had our open day. Thanks To Judy and to Ian from the Guatemala coffee bus for a fantastic day. The bus was fantastic, and you must take a look at the pictures at our photo gallery. Also a big thank you must got to Anette from Mercanta and Grant for making the day possible, thank you to James Hoffman from La Spaz our machine suppliers for coming too.But the biggest thank you must go to Gian Carlo from Virmax in Colombia. I felt so embarrassed when his English is so perfect and my Spanish so rubbish, but the presentation he gave was fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. More thank you’s for everyone who came on the day and made it such a success. Thank you thank you thank you.

New Coffee's, again….

We have received two new coffee’s and one of which will be the final piece of the jigsaw for a very special espresso blend we have been working on. The first is a Peru organic decaffeinated. We have been working hard for our decaf customers to find the best this area has to offer.We have also received the Brazil cup of excellence lot. This lot represents a lot to Has Bean and to me. We have been a supporter of the program for a while, but as a micro roaster we have not been able to buy a whole lot as its a very big investment. But this represents out first ever entire lot of coffee. Nobody else in the world will be able to sell this farms coffee with the cup of excellence seal of approval on it. But to add to this in the cup it is awesome espresso and awesome filter and an essential part of blend that we have been planing for quite a while. I cant wait for you to try it both as a single origin and as a blend.

Guatemala coffee bus coming to Stafford

Wednesday the 29th of March we are having a Guatemala coffee bus come to the roastery, which will be serving coffee, and we will be having a general open day. We will also be having out import and export partners there, where you will be able to ask them all sorts of ethical questions. Jan Carlo from Virmax (export partner) who works with the relationship brand will also be doing a talk on how the program works. I meet Jan Carlo before in London and in Armenia in Colombia recently and puts across sustainable coffee better than any one else I have met. He deals with farmers and with roasters alike so knows both sides of the coin.We are inviting some of our trade customers, some potential customers and the local press as its going to be quite an event. We would also like to invite any one here who can make it. Places are limited so its going to be first come first served. The cost of this is completely free and you get a chance to try some of the coffee’s we will be talking about.

Please email me if your interested and we can give times place etc.