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UPDATE – THE BIG CENTRAL BARISTA COMPETITION

We are proud to announce that we will be co-hosting the North Central & South Central Regional Barista Competitions with Kaldi’s Coffee. The United States Barista competition was established in 2003 and is highly regarded in the specialty coffee industry. Each competitor is challenged by giving a 15-minute presentation where they must prepare 4 espressos,… Continue Reading

2012 – YEAR IN REVIEW

As the year comes to a close, we would like to take this time to look back and reflect on our accomplishments. 2012 was an exciting year for us that brought forth change and innovation. Our sourcing efforts were also immensley successful and we were able to introduce multiple new Direct Trade coffees. Needless to… Continue Reading

WE ARE GOOD FOOD AWARDS FINALISTS

We are proud to announce that Kenya Thiriku and Ethiopia Nanno Challa are Good Food Awards Finalists! The winners of the Good Food Awards will be announced on January 18th, 2013. Our coffees were submitted to a professional panel of judges who cupped the coffees blind. The Good Food Awards for coffee are determined by… Continue Reading

TEDX PEACHTREE – REFLECTIONS FROM ATLANTA

Several months ago I was approached by Jason Dominy from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters about participating in a locally organized TedTalk event in Atlanta, Georgia. He said that there would be ten other baristas from around the United States helping talk to people about Direct Trade, sustainable farming practices, various brew methods, and the… Continue Reading

LOOKING BACK & LOOKING FORWARD

Well, the inaugural Flatlanders’ Barista Cup is in the books now and all of us are exhausted, but feeling pretty good! From what I saw, everyone had a great time, and learned a TON about espresso and some of our very close Direct Trade Farms. The presentations were awesome and far beyond what I think… Continue Reading

FLATLANDERS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

The inaugural Flatlanders Barista Cup begins on Friday night.  Over the next few days, producers and baristas alike will converge in Topeka, Kansas to celebrate coffee and competition. Below is a detailed Schedule of Events for this weekend Friday – October 26th 6pm (Cafe) – Competitor Check-In 7pm – Guest Baristas 2011 World Barista Champion Alejandro… Continue Reading

COLOMBIA FINCA VILLA LOYOLA RECEIVES A 94 POINT REVIEW

We are proud to announce that our Caturra offering from Finca Villa Loyola has received a 94 point review from Ken Davids of CoffeeReview.com.  When we visited Finca Villa Loyola during the harvest of 2011, we could clearly see the potential in the farm. With its high elevation of 1,800 meters (or 6,000 ft.) and… Continue Reading

THE QUEST FOR GREAT COFFEE

This article was republished with the permission of Dan Dean, Staff Writer for Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. Jeff Taylor’s journey to find exceptional coffee has taken him across the globe and along the way he has met some exceptional people, none more so than his wife, Maritza. “I met Maritza at a coffee competition in Ecuador… Continue Reading

MARCH ARRIVALS & NEW BOLIVIA DIRECT TRADE PARTNER

We are happy to announce our newest Direct Trade partnership with Juan Yurja in Bolivia.  When we were first introduced to this farm in 2011, it was an interesting coincedence. There was a micro-lot that had been originally prepared for the Bolivia Cup of Excellence, and the competition had been cancelled last year.  We were in… Continue Reading

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