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  • The principles behind Algrano's direct sourcing
    • Blog
    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.
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  • How to break the link between specialty and the C-price & other questions roasters are asking
    • Blog
    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.
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    • Brazil
    • Peru
  • Five things you can do now to reduce supply chain uncertainty
    • Blog
    Five things you can do now to reduce supply chain uncertainty

    This May, Algrano hosted an Instagram Live with Mario Alarcon and Christian Starry of The Guat Lab in Guatemala. The main topic of discussion was supply chain uncertainty. The coffee industry continues to struggle with retail disruptions caused by the pandemic, which in turn led to great supply chain volatility. Though it can be hard to find a silver lining in all this, COVID has had an unexpected equalizing effect. Suddenly, we were all in the same boat.
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    • Guatemala
  • What’s happening with the price of coffee in Brazil - and what you can do about it
    • Blog
    What’s happening with the price of coffee in Brazil - and what you can do about it

    “Why are Brazilian coffees more expensive this year?” roasters asked. To answer this question, we spoke to our long term partners at SanCoffee in Campos das Vertentes, Minas Gerais, to give roasters a quick update about what’s going on on the ground. 
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    • Brazil
  • Beyond cup scores and blind cuppings: insights from the El Salvador virtual tour
    • Webinar
    • Blog
    Beyond cup scores and blind cuppings: insights from the El Salvador virtual tour

    Female coffee producers, asymmetry of information in the coffee industry, and a virtual tour of El Salvador
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    • El Salvador
  • To pod or not to pod: 5 tips and coffees to help you embrace the at-home market
    • Blog
    • Trends
    To pod or not to pod: 5 tips and coffees to help you embrace the at-home market

    The pandemic’s “new normal” has led to dramatic changes in consumption patterns across the entire HoReCa industry. In coffee, quarantine boosted the at-home and single-serve (pods) markets, accelerating a trend that had been slowly growing for a decade.
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  • Peru 2020 Shortlisted Series: giving Peruvian farmers a second chance
    • Blog
    Peru 2020 Shortlisted Series: giving Peruvian farmers a second chance

    Cup of Excellence (CoE), the largest quality competition for coffee on the globe, is still new to Peruvian farmers. The first edition took place in 2017, only 3 years ago.
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    • Peru
  • Why roasters should negotiate prices with growers:  4 tips how to do it
    • Blog
    Why roasters should negotiate prices with growers:  4 tips how to do it

    All the coffee lots you find at Algrano have been priced by the producers. All offers made by them are also based on fixed prices, which is nothing unusual when it comes to specialty micro-lots, but not necessarily the norm when it comes to commercial lots, which can also be priced based on differentials. Pricing coffee is a complex topic that relies on the knowledge a producer has of the market beyond the NY rates. Sometimes the pricing is spot on. Sometimes it isn’t. 
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  • Fairtrade and high-quality: Taza Dorada competition lots online for the first time
    • Blog
    Fairtrade and high-quality: Taza Dorada competition lots online for the first time

    A story about the finest Mexican coffees of the year, Fairtrade competition, COVID challenges and digital opportunities. 
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    • Mexico
  • Leaving the shadow of Antigua: Discover Palencia and Ciudad Vieja
    • Blog
    Leaving the shadow of Antigua: Discover Palencia and Ciudad Vieja

    Antigua was Guatemala’s first coffee “brand”. Nestled in a valley near 3 volcanoes, Antigua started cultivating coffee in the mid-1800s, when the national production of indigo for dyes collapsed. Since the rise of the specialty industry in the early 2000s and the subsequent trend for more traceability in the supply chain, Guatemalan growers have adapted.
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    • Guatemala
  • IWCA El Salvador: female leaders bringing unity to a divided country
    • Blog
    IWCA El Salvador: female leaders bringing unity to a divided country

    How AMCES (Alianza de Mujeres en Café de El Salvador), one of the seven coffee producer guilds operating in El Salvador, is standing out for its efforts to unify the sector and bring growers together through education.
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    • El Salvador
  • How can I build strong relationships with growers?
    • Blog
    How can I build strong relationships with growers?

    How can I build strong relationships with the growers? Today we answer a bonus question, in response to Perfect Daily Grind's blog: 5 Questions Roasters Should Ask Their Green Coffee Importer.
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