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Coffee Industry Secrets Revealed ( #1) Secret # 1: Espresso Terminology Misnomers   There is no such thing as an espresso tree that grows espresso beans                                                                             There is also no such thing as an espresso roast Whether you’ve purchased chocolate covered espresso beans from your local grocery store, or bought a bag of espresso beans from that cute barista at your café, don’t be fooled by the name. Your beans did not come from an espresso tree. This is a myth. There is no espresso tree that grows espresso beans (or, technically, espresso cherries from which we remove the seeds that are processed into beans). Espresso is a drink that results from pushing water through coffee under pressure. To be more specific, it...
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Join us on the 2012 East Africa Origin Trip! CUP MEETS CROP - Crop to Cup is bringing coffee home this October. YOU ARE INVITED 2012 HARVEST -  BURUNDI & UGANDA OCTOBER 20th - NOVEMBER 1st Open Invite Origin Trip We are organizing a guided trip to Burundi and Uganda this October. We will meet with farmers, help with the harvest, and have fun too. A group of us coffee lovers are visiting farmers in Burundi to provide feedback on last year's harvest, and to break ground on a community coffee tree seedling nursery, called the Bukeye Seedling Project . Then we travel to Uganda during harvest to provide input on harvesting, washing, drying and lot separation through the dry mill. We will provide valuable feedback to farmers, strengthen our (and your) relationships...

November 11, 2011
Category: in News and Events
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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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...
Follow Crop to Cup's travels in 2011 - w/ lots of pics! C2C's travel season is upon us, and this year will see Taylor (normally based in Brooklyn) travelling during most of 2011.   Taylor and others will be posting here from time to time and often posting photos to his picasa page. Up on Picasa now are both coffee-related and random fun pics from trips in Hong Kong and New Zealand. For the entire month of April Taylor and Dan will be visiting coffee origins in Burundi and Uganda, and he'll be posting lots of pics!  Make sure to follow the photostream, learn more than you could imagine about coffee origins and processing, and meet the farmers who are growing those awesome beans you brew. Post comments and questions either to this...
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Unlike wine, coffee does not get better with age. If you are keeping your coffee out, we suggest using an airtight container (ceramic or glass is best) to store your beans...