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PHOTOS FROM AWARD CEREMONY

Missoula MT. (September 21, 2006) – Amid much excitement and celebration, Edith Encisco Yasso walked away with Colombia’s first place trophy for the Cup of Excellence competition. Women owned farms in Colombia have placed in the competition and even been presidential winners, but have never taken the top place. “I am so very happy, I… Continue Reading

PHOTOS FROM LAST CUPPING

Well, we’ve cupped the final eleven cups and what an experience it was! Great coffee made it to the final table. One juror actually awarded a 100 point score! I wasn’t that genorous, but I did give 4 – 90+ scores on the final table. I found the top three coffees to be extraordinary! Creamy,… Continue Reading

COLOMBIA ROUND 2 – COE

It’s been a long couple of days. We cupped the top 41 coffees yesterday in a marathon cupping session that lasted until 7pm. I think Colombia represented itself very well yesterday producing a number of coffees that were scored over 90, but also several that will not make the final cut out of those 41… Continue Reading

CUPPING ROUND 1 – COLOMBIA COE continued…

It has been a really long day here in Neiva, Colombia. But the good news is, we’ve narrowed the coffees from 80 to 40. And even better, as I blogged yesterday, the coffees today were outstanding! Thats great news! The top 10 should really be outstanding when we are done with our work. Thursday is… Continue Reading

CUPPING ROUND 1 – COLOMBIA COE

It was early Tuesday morning when we entered the “Centro de Convenciones – Jose Eustacio Rivera” in Neiva, Colombia. And we didn’t waste any time. The 32 jury members, including myself, from around the world headed straight for the cupping tables. To be honest…most of us passed on our morning cup at the hotel, knowing… Continue Reading

Panama Esmeralda- first roast.

It took less than two hours for the crew at the roasting facility to finish off a three liter airpot of the first sample roast of Panama Esmeralda. In 100 degree heat no less! Needless to say it tastes amazing and we will be rolling out production roasts of this extremely limited coffee starting this… Continue Reading

RETAILING IN THE FALL SEASON

As I sit in the air-conditioned indoors, I can’t help but think that it’s already August….and that means fall is just around the corner. Coffee weather. Let’s face it, in the midwest we all truly appreciate fall more than any other season…especially in the coffee industry. With the weather changes I’ve been trying to cook… Continue Reading

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