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Just Landed — Organic Brazil Fazenda Camocim!

October 24, 2014

I had known about Brazil’s Fazenda Camocim region for years before I met Henrique, but primarily for its “famous” Jacu...

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Coffee Meets Water

September 19, 2014

Water is life.That’s not too controversial a statement, is it? Think about it. Because, from time to time, we should...

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And the winner is......(from Brazil's Early Harvest Cup of Excellence)

October 13, 2013

For the first time in the 14 COE Competitions in Brazil, a female farmer has won first place and the...

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Report from Brazil's Early Harvest Cup of Excellence Competition

October 12, 2013

This is the hard part,  although truth be told,  this whole competition was tough even before we got here.  Over...

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On the Road to Brazil Again....Brazil Cup of Excellence 2013

October 10, 2013

I am here in Brazil to judge which coffee deserves to have the title Best of Brazil's Cup of Excellence. ...

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Santa Monica Place Groundwork Coffee Reconnaissance

August 16, 2013

Somehow circumstances and the stars aligned and I have a day to myself. Not the easiest thing to do in...

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Dispatches From The Field: On The Road To Guatemala

May 16, 2013

May 10th…no, now it’s May 11th 12:05 a.m.   It’s late.  I’m tired.  I’m hot.  All that and all I...

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The Moment of Truth: Roasting

April 11, 2012

A raw, un-roasted coffee bean isn’t much to look at. It’s faded, greenish, small and kind of shriveled, with a...

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Coffee Colors and Roast Levels

March 01, 2012

Unfortunately, it is just too simplistic to assign a color category to a coffee and expect that to be an...