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Written by croptocup
November 19, 2015
Category: in Indonesia
Reflections: seeing through the smoke surrounding Sumatran coffee My mind is deep into ‘Terminator Genesis” –as intriguing an idea as time-travel can be, it inevitably just annoys me in films. Jake gestures to the window. We’re descending into Medan, I squint to see that we’re under the cloud-cover, but still in midst of a smog, hundreds-of-feet-thick. It leaves a trail of itself, stretching out far to the south of us. We knew what we we’re getting into. But like many things in Sumatra, the scale was humbling. We’re arriving in Sumatra’s largest recorded wildfire. Dense peat ground cover has been set aflame by would-be farmers. Strike the match, and leave the area. Come back a month or three later. Valla, a tree-less, tillable earth greets you. Now plant...
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Written by croptocup
November 03, 2015
Category: in Uganda
Importing the Improbable - coffees from Western Uganda At Crop to Cup we got our start in coffee trying to make a name for specialty coffees from Uganda. Said no one ever. It wasn’t smart, it wasn’t easy, but it led to a fruitful learning curve. We focused on traceability, driving lot separation down in pursuit of the best beans. And in support of our mantra - that ‘good coffee comes from good people’ - we made headway, year over year. If you’re reading this email you’ve seen some of the names: Sebei: Sipi, Kapchorwa. Bugisu: Gibuzaale, Manafwa, Buginyanya, Bulaago. These are all ways of slicing up coffees that come from Mt. Elgon. Coming from a time when Ugandan Bugisu AA was the best you’d see out of...
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Written by C2C
August 15, 2015
Category: in Uganda
INTRODUCING BULAAGO  FROM MT. ELGON IN EASTERN UGANDA These farmers produce some oft he best coffee on the mountain. That's Mt. Elgon in Eastern Uganda, right across the border from Kenya. This is the heart of coffee country, and Bulaago is one community that has been doing right by coffee for generations. While these farmers never lack for buyers, they want the recognition and reward that comes from putting that extra effort into their gardens. And they don't their coffee mixed before it gets to the final customer.    Those were the driving forces behind the creation of the Bulaago Coffee Farmers Association (BuCoFA).  BuCoFA operates a collection center where they separate farmer lots, measure moisture and store all parchment in...
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Written by C2C
August 14, 2015
Category: in Ethiopia
INTRODUCING BIFTU GUDINA  World class coffee from Ethiopia's Agaro Region Biftu Gudina Cooperative operates in a remote pocket of the Agaro Region in Western Ethiopia.  There are no all-season roads, so as recently as 2012 farmers would walk their cherries over 5 miles to the nearest town, Beshesha.  On the way, cherry would bruise, break and over-ferment resulting in poor prices.  When the Coop was founded in '12 it immediately built a wet-mill and constructed a gravel road connecting the mill to Beshesha - with assistance from Technoserve.  Today 155 members within a 2.5 mile radius deliver cherry to their own washing station.  Meticulous processing leads to a floral, bright, honeyed cup that shines as an example of world-class coffee from Ethiopia’s western...
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Written by C2C
August 07, 2015
Category: in Importers Showroom News and Events
LATIN AMERICAN MICRO-LOTS  //  SIGN-UP FOR SAMPLES SPOT COFFEE OFFERS  //  AUGUST 2015 JULY UPDATE  | There was a time when summers were slow, right? Not this one. July was a big month for new coffees and cupping events, and we are only picking up speed as we enter August. With so much going on let's start by sharing the biggest news first. GUATEMALA, HONDURAS & MEXICO MICRO-LOTS are available through a first-of-its-kind partnership with Axiom Coffee Ventures. That's 32 lots of 2 to 70 bags each arriving mid-August at the Oakland Annex. We initially learned about Axiom through their expertise in helping emerging farmer groups in Central America to access pre-crop financing. Later we learned they have Q labs in Guatemala,...
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THE RETURN OF LEYVA MANCILLA ABOVE THE TOWN OF ZIHUATANEJO IN GUERRERO, MEXICO ARE THE SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR MOUNTAINS Back in the 1960's a fisherman by the name of Caesar Galeana Sortiz left the coast in search of better work. He eyed the mountain range behind him - these are the foothills between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains. Sortiz knew that coffee was popular further south in Oaxaca, and saw opportunity to bring coffee home.   Within a few years Caesar and a handful of his neighbors would make the 12 hour hike up to tend to their new fincas, staying up there for weeks at a time, having to make-do with local resources for food,...
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Written by C2C
July 22, 2015
Category: in Uganda
INTRODUCING BUKONZO ORGANICS FAIR-TRADE ORGANIC ARABICAS FROM UGANDA'S RWENZORI MOUNTAINS On the slopes of Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains, on the western border with the Congo's Kivu region, you will find 1,200 members of the Bakonzu tribe who have come together to form Bukonzo Organics (BOCU). These are amongst Kasese's first farmers to produce Fair-Trade Organic Certified coffees. While the region once had a rich history in producing Natural Arabicas, farmers had to leave their homes in the 1990s, returning to find their coffee trees uprooted.   Now the farmers of Bukonzo Organics are back, and organized. They have created 12 micro-washing stations to help with quality control and lot separation. They achieved their Fair Trade and Organic certifications after three years of work on...
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Written by C2C
July 07, 2015
Category: in Importers Showroom News and Events
VIEW OFFERINGS //  JUNE 2015 JUNE UPDATE  |  In June we welcomed three lots from Uganda Bukonzo Organics to the Crop to Cup family. I encourage anyone to get to know this community and it's coffee, as it's going to be on the specialty radar for years to come. This, however, was their first export to the US...and while we are very pleased with the cup, we have noticed some slight grading issues that we'll work to address for the 2016 harvest.  Don't let that get in the way of getting to know these great FTO options from a community that's on the rise.  Buthale & Burangwa (FTO) - 84 // cocoa, cranberry, caramel, bright, thin body Nayabirongo (FT) - 85 // fig, raisin,...
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Written by C2C
May 22, 2015
Category: in Importers Showroom News and Events
VIEW OFFERINGS //  MAY 2015 MAY UPDATE  |  The new coffee in May was the Tanzania Mwalyego. But it was brand new; as our first import from this community we were happily surprised when the arrivals samples outdid the PSS. In the cup all grades, PB, AB, and AA had a sweet nutty, butterscotch aromas underscored with apricot.  Between the grades coffees varied slightly in terms of acidity intensity or fruit-forwardness, but in-all, every lot held its own on the table.  We've sold through all the PB and AB grades.  AAs are available but moving quick as well, so if you haven't requested a sample yet and want to take a peek at this community, be sure to get in...
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Written by C2C
May 04, 2015
Category: in Tanzania
INTRODUCING MWALYEGO COOPERATIVE FROM MT. MBEYA IN SOUTHERN TANZANIA There is exceptional variety to be found across Tanzania's Southern Highlands. Over the past three years, and with a lot of help along the way, we were able to cup coffees from many communities - with a focus on Mbeya district. Even where some coffees succeeded on the cupping table, most fell off upon diligence - we were looking to partner with a community that was well organized, well governed, and engaged in making their coffee the best it can be.  Well, we think we found what we have been looking for.   The Mwalyego community, cooperative and wet mill stood out on the table (some crazy fruits & complexity), and held-up...
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