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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...
Cup to Crop For the past three weeks Crop to Cup has been working in Burundi to get to know the farmers of the Bukeye region, set up reinvestment projects, supervise the preparation for the harvest (about a week away now), and implement a number of initiatives with our coffee's farmers. Last week we organized a fantastic event, called Cup to Crop. At Crop to Cup we strive to connect consumers with the people who grew and process their coffee. Cup to Crop is our way of connecting farmers to the end product that they grow. The vast majority of farmers in Burundi, and especially those from the Bukeye region, have never tasted the coffee that they grow. Roasted coffee is...
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One of our partners here at the Buhorwa Washing Station is the Burundi Agribusiness Project (BAP).  Projects like this make me actually happy to pay tax on my hard earned income and our monthly payroll to the US government.  You see, BAP is a USAID-funded project.  It is administered by Development Assistance International (DAI) and Michingan State University’s Institute for International Agriculture.  MSU’s Anne Ottoway initially introduced us to BAP and she is awesome.  If you’re at SCAA in Houston this year make sure to find Anne and pick her brain. We first visited Burundi about a year and a half ago, and we were excited to start a partnership with BAP, as their staff seemed to efficiently understand and work...
Burundi Trip Begins...What to Expect Taylor here, recently arrived here in Bujumbura and for about 3 weeks starting tomorrow I'll be up at the Buhorwa Washing Station, whose coffee many of you may have tried through C2C.  Dan (C2C Brooklyn) will be joining me on the 15th. In case any of you would like to follow our trip or are looking to learn more about coffee  processing and sourcing, here's a bit of what you can expect from our trip: - An unscientific report on "trickle down" of current world market prices to the farmer level.  We all know world coffee prices are crazy high right now, but there has been little info out there about what this actually means for smallholder family farmers (several stages...