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Ethiopia and Central America Overview 2021-2022
Ethiopian millers are paying the highest ever prices for cherries and Central American co-operatives are fighting tooth and nail to secure supply against aggressive multinational traders. Download the free report to know more from your partners at origin!
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- El Salvador
Why is best to pre-contract your favourite lots in the early days of the harvest
One of the jobs of green buyers is to win the race for coffee to make sure their roastery has the coffees loved by their customers year after year. Get ahead of the sourcing game and support your suppliers by pre-contracting! You know the saying: the early roaster catches the beans...
Talk about coffee fermentation with Lucia Solis
What is fermentation? What is intrinsic flavour? Are there flavours that are "painted onto" coffee? Mill consultant and fermentation specialist with a background in winemaking Lucia Solis answer these questions and more. In this webinar, Lucia covers anaerobic fermentation redundancy, intrinsic versus extrinsic flavours, microbial precursors and microbial origins.
Cropster & Algrano Series Episode 2
Storytelling is one of the most effective ways for buyers and sellers to build strong and transparent relationships. However, who owns and controls these stories and narratives has often been one-sided. In our second webinar with Algrano we are joined by Philip Schallberger of Kaffeemacher and Diego Robelo of Aquiares Costa Rica to hear some terrific stories and discuss the importance of owning your narrative to empower your presence across the supply chain.
- Costa Rica
Why sometimes you just have to add things to coffee: on fermentation and adulteration
Why we’re probably not using the word “infused” right, what really happens when a farmer adds fruit to coffee and why we should think twice before calling that adulteration. Read about how one of the loudest voices in coffee approaches the subject and learn about other lesser-known benefits of fermentation such as batch consistency, longer shelf-life and why the process doesn’t have to go beyond (more or less) 36 hours.
The principles behind Algrano's direct sourcing
To source directly means simply that it is the producers who make you offers when the coffees are still in their possession. The quality, price and samples you get come straight from them. This model has a lot of potential but it is only as ethical as the roaster who embraces it. Below are the principles we endorse to make direct sourcing a tool for positive change.
What is direct sourcing? Is it the same thing as direct trade?
Life is too short to discuss what direct trade is, so call it what you want. However, as the industry moves away from the slippery concept, we choose to highlight a sourcing model that is more accurate to what really happens in the supply chain and that gets right the things that direct trade got wrong.
Five things you should know about Indonesian coffee
When most roasters and green buyers think of Indonesian coffee they think about wet-hulled Sumatra. Musty, earthy, spicy, tobacco-y… Some love it, others can’t stand it. However, Indonesia is much more than a cup of earthy wet-hulled Sumatra. Read the summary of our interview with Troy Kiper of Bright Java Coffee and discover the diverse flavour profiles being produced by young forward-thinking cooperatives.
How Bell Lane Coffee built a relationship with Canta Galo Farm from a 3 bag order
New to direct sourcing? Read Niko's story. The Irish roaster exchanged messages with Brazilian producer Heron on Algrano and quickly connected. Now in the second year of their relationship, Bell Lane contracted 160 bags and secured their favourite micro-lot before the harvest even started…
Simplifying Direct Sourcing with Cropster
Algrano and Cropster spoke with Hannes Fendrich of Coffee Circle to learn about the challenges, opportunities, and philosophies of direct sourcing from the roaster's perspective. With Hannes, Marcus Young of Cropster and Luiza Furquim of Algrano discuss how technology can improve direct sourcing through traceability, roaster/producer matchmaking, simplified logistics, and transparently sharing quality reports. Hannes shared how his solutions from Cropster and Algrano simplify direct sourcing.
How to break the link between specialty and the C-price & other questions roasters are asking
Understand the reactions triggered by the increase in the C-price, how producers in Brazil and Peru are responding to it and get sound advice from our sales manager Toom Booth.
The impact of frost and drought on Brazilian coffee in 2021
Brazil has faced severe drought since September 2020. This led to higher percentages of malformed beans and screen sizes below 16. Selection and dry-milling will keep defects from reaching roasters but have reduced farms’ productivity.