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November 11, 2011
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Taylor here.  Based in Shanghai workin' on a few coffee projects this year, I took advantage of my proximity to Japan and hopped over for a bit of touring.  My trip wasn't necessarily coffee focused, but it's hard to avoid.  Japan is a special place for coffee lovers (assuming you don't need espresso everyday), and included are a few pics of what I came across. Highlights of the trip were: - Stumbling upon Nao Coffee in a Kyoto alleyway, Aneyakoji Dori, just east of Kawaramachi Dori.  True minimalist Japanese design and a perfect cup of light roast Bolivia off a Kalita dripper.  I wish my photography skills were better, so I could give a fair shake to the space's design. According to the...
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October 14, 2011
Category: in News and Events
Crop to Cup at MANE The Crop to Cup Brooklyn Crew had a blast this past weekend at Mid-Atlantic/Northeast (MANE) Artisan Coffee Conference in Providence, RI. Alexis and Dan plus our two fabulous baristas, Woody and Conor, joined a great group of roasters, coffee professionals, café owners and baristas to take part in classes focusing on analyzing green coffee, the art of cupping, alternative brewing education, espresso technique, machine maintenance and much more. As usual, the conference participants were extremely friendly and encouraging, and we had great opportunities to exchange helpful ideas and experiences with other coffee people from the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast area. We feel fortunate to be part of this rapidly growing specialty coffee community and we look forward to seeing everyone next year. Thanks to...
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Welcome to Shanghai.  The weather is cooling down and coffee is back in season (not much of an iced coffee culture here). I’m here in China working on a Crop to Cup project for more reliable and better quality coffee supply, so I’ve had a lot of time to survey the market - from roasters to cafes to supermarket shelves.  Shanghai is a city full of comforts, offering most anything you could want (except parks with grass you can actually sit on, or a government who doesn’t bury crashed trains in the dirt).  [note to self: get back on topic, try to stop complaining about the government].  Coffee!  Shanghai is full of it.  Starbucks. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  Gloria Jeans....
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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...
Greetings from Bukeye.  You may notice “Bukeye” on our coffee bags currently on shelves in NY and Chicago.  Bukeye is the main town nearest to the Buhorwa Washing Station, where our coffee is collected in cherry form fresh from the farms.  Although Bukeye is a well known region in Burundi for having produced many powerful figures in politics and business, there isn’t much to the town, save for a trading center, large church, and one restaurant and roadside inn, where I sleep, take my meals and have learned to time bathing to the on-and-off whims of Bukeye’s municipal water system.  I also discovered here that ripening guavas, when left in one’s room, act as an all natural air freshener against the...
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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...