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Meet the Latest Addition to the Crop To Cup Family of Green Offerings Tanzania, Lubanda AA, AB & PB Harvest Cycle: July - October No. Farmers: 167, Lubanda Cooperative Association   Total Produced: 534 Bags Lot Separation: Members of Lubanda Cooperative, blended by grade for export volumes.  Varietals: Bourbon Screen Size: AA (Sc17+), AB (Sc16+), & PB Washing Method:  Hand-Pulped / Fully Washed Drying Method: Dried on raised beds  Elevation: 4,900-5,300 ft     ...
Uganda has been in the news a lot recently, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.   Yet again, misguided members of the Parliament of Uganda have introduced their anti-homosexuality bill, which threatens life in prison for those who are involved in certain types of homosexual practices.  Promotion of or even failing to report homosexuality now risks punishment.  Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda (as is the case for over half of Africa's countries), but this time around the penalties are stronger and it puts Uganda's gay community in an even more dangerous place.  For the details you'll have no problem finding them on any major news outlet covering this story. Our purpose here is to simply respond to the many...
Please consider donating towards providing relief for Mt. Sinabung refugees It's going to be a white Christmas in central Sumatra this year. Not snow, though; ash. This is because Mt. Sinabung is erupting. This volcano has been shooting ash miles into the air for weeks now - the government has evacuated an estimated 17,000 people from around the mountain's base and most people are just waiting for the other shoe to drop. This directly impacts the coffee farming community with whom we work in Simalungun (Sumatra, Indonesia), and we are putting the word out that there are people who could use your help this holiday season.  Here at Crop to Cup we are organizing an appeal for donations - made here or through the Donate button at the bottom of this post. The largest shelter...
Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Coastal Coffee. When people think of coffee from Mexico they think of Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca or Puebla. They do not think of the western state of Guerrero. Those who do think of coffee from Guerrero think of the town of Atoyac, which is where almost all of the state's coffee comes to market. They do not think of the sleepy town of Zihuatanejo five hours north of Acapulco along Mexico's Costa Grande. Yet Zihua (affectionate abbreviation) is now one of my favorite places to go for coffee. In the Spring, and again in July I traveled down to meet with the Grupo de Trabajo Levya Mancilla - a farmer group with 26 members. Their farms overlook the Pacific ocean and beaches of  Zihuatanejo...

Some pictures and notes from my first trip to Sumatra; Jacob Elster

March 13, 2013
Category: in Ethiopia Travel and Program Updates
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It's been a truly magical experience in Ethiopia this past week. Here, in the birthplace of coffee, hundreds of thousands of completely wild coffee trees grow under the cover of dense forest towering hundreds of feet overhead. We coffee sourcers often like to talk about the pleasures of visiting a perfectly managed coffee farm (properly pruned and mulched, spacing between trees, carefully planned shade trees, etc) but never could we have imagined the joy of walking through a dense forest of coffee trees growing wild without human assistance, going on for miles and miles and hours and hours of driving and trekking. We're in the Jimma area of Ethiopia's Oromia State, meeting with the farmers and organizers behind the Belete-Gera Participatory...
We are excited and proud to announce that one of our finest coffees, Burundi Buhorwa Washing Station (Season II!) is now avaialble for sampling and purchase.  We imported 40 tons this year (the Buhorwa community's entire harvest) and the two shipping containers were cracked open and unloaded this morning (4/11/12) at Continental Terminals in New Jersey. Samples are now available for roasters nationwide, or you can come pick some up at our office in Brooklyn or at SCAA in Portland next week (find us at the Burundi booth).  Call or email us for samples.  If you're a home roaster looking for less-than-bag volumes, you can order online by-the-pound here. This year we cupped the washing station's coffee per harvest day and...
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Financial Transparency Report: Burundi 2010

We are pleased to announce our financial transparency report for our Burundi origin. This post adds to our ongoing thread on transparency in Burundi and to our long term Whole Crop Project. Last month’s topic was a highly detailed origin map including micro-region zones and GPS-tagged photos of the Bukeye community. If you haven’t already done so, check it out. Here is our Goal: To better understand, together, how our purchases impact those who can stand to benefit the most, and who give us the most: the coffee’s farmers. To get there, though, we must recognize that there is value added up and down coffee’s supply-chain. In fact, at each and every stage the ‘price’ of coffee has a different name....
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At Crop to Cup we promise you a high detail of transparency, and here's our latest effort to do just that. We assume that since reading our previous post "Mapping a Coffee Region" you've been anxiously awaiting results.  You have, right? Well here are the results, and we'd like to pat ourselves on the back for what we think is one of the most detailed presentations of a coffee origin available to the coffee drinking public.  Sure there are  plenty of  agronomists and coffee growing conglomerates out there who have heaps better geographical material, but have they ever made it publicly available online for you? Here is an interactive map, rich with data and photos, of the coffee growing region that...
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Crop to Cup "On the Air" in Burundi Taylor Mork of Crop to Cup, Adrien Sibomana of InterCafe, and U.S Ambassador to Burundi- Pamela Slutz on Burundi National Television   After the success of our Cup to Crop Outreach event in Bukeye, we decided to hold another event in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. As a partner of USAID, the Burundi Agribusiness Project (BAP/PAIR), and the International Women in Coffee Alliance (IWCA) Burundi Chapter, C2C is not only invested in the development of the Coffee Sector in Burundi, but the growth of a coffee culture in Burundi. Currently there are very few roasters in Bujumbura, and even fewer that are producing quality roasted beans. Our goal with this event was to share quality NY roasted Burundian beans with those in...