Notes from the Origin

Articles written by our staff on coffee-origin-related issues and information that we think is important to share with the specialty coffee community. Some republished from industry publications that have featured our work.

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    5 Strategies for Optimized Green Coffee Buying
    December 3, 2017
    Like in any relationship, they key to a roaster and an importer/green coffee source working well together is understanding each other and communicating. When we understand our counterpart’s goals and ...
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    Interview: Is a Direct Trade Collective the Best Model for Small Farmers?
    November 28, 2017
    The first thing you discover about Karl Wienhold is that he can talk. Fast. And it’s all about coffee. He’s the co-founder of Direct Origin Trading, which he describes as a “direct trade collective...
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    40 Hours in The Life of a Colombian Green Bean Buyer
    November 28, 2017
    Sourcing green coffee is not a Condé Nast experience. “At the crack of dawn, I put on my boots and head out to the fields with a local farmer. I spend the day talking with farmers, slurping san...
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    An Unstable Market: The Economics of Global Coffee Prices
    November 28, 2017
    Republished from Perfect Daily Grind “Why do the prices they pay us change?” I was stood in front of 50 farmers in an un-airconditioned one-room K-12 schoolhouse in Espinal, Tolima, central Colo...
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    How Micro Mills help Producers to have Economic Independence
    November 28, 2017
    Republished from Perfect Daily Grind The drive for social and economic justice for coffee producers has been growing steadily over the last decade, yet we still have a lot to accomplish. We have...
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    What Effect Does the C Market Have on Small Coffee Farmers?
    November 26, 2017
    Copied from Perfect Daily Grind In most markets, the smaller businesses are the most vulnerable. Coffee is no exception to this. Fairtrade calculates that 80% of the world’s coffee is produced by 25 ...
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    Honduras Collective Pilot
    July 6, 2017
    For the last 6 months we have been working on replicating the small farmers' collective model to Honduras in order to give specialty coffee producers in the Danlí region the same direct access to ...
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    Rains Interrupt Colombia Harvest
    June 7, 2017
    The perpetual rain cloud that hangs over much of the best coffee land in Colombia and causes cherries to ripen slowly and develop tons of natural sugars is a double-edged sword this year. Cherries...
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    Colombia: Highest parchment prices in 5 years!
    November 27, 2016
    A few weeks ago, the price paid to farmers for parchment coffee by the FNC (Colombian Coffeegrowers' Federation) broke 1 million Colombian pesos per carga (125kg), which is about $1.50/lb of green...