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  • Sourcing direct from a small farmer in Brazil helps this roaster thrive
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    Sourcing direct from a small farmer in Brazil helps this roaster thrive

    Kaffehaus built his coffee shop & roastery around stories, moving away from the “quality lab” look and reclaiming the original role of coffee houses. The roastery’s relationship with Capadócia Coffee is key to making that work.
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    • Brazil
  • Pre-contracting helped this roaster secure coffee at the best price
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    Pre-contracting helped this roaster secure coffee at the best price

    Quarter Horse Coffee in the UK is pre-contracting more and more. By acting fast, they avoided the price rally in 2021 following the Brazilian frost. They also secured one of the few lots available to source directly from Costa Rica in 2022 despite the country’s lower production, which led to most coffees selling out.
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  • How a roaster’s brand can build buzz around a coffee producer
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    How a roaster’s brand can build buzz around a coffee producer

    Buying full containers is not the only way to support the people behind your coffee. Brand collaborations and recommendations help boost producers’ reputations and get them more good customers.
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    • Rwanda
  • The service providers making direct coffee sourcing easy
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    The service providers making direct coffee sourcing easy

    With the growth in relationship-based trade, intermediaries are called to reinvent themselves and give control to roasters and producers. This is where The Guat Lab and Algrano come in. With a service-provider approach, coffee buyers - like Hoppenworth & Ploch in Germany - can build relationships without taking new risks.
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    • Guatemala
  • You can buy from the same farm every year and still get new, exciting coffees. This is how
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    You can buy from the same farm every year and still get new, exciting coffees. This is how

    Swedish roastery Gringo Nordic combines a variety of exciting beans with consistent qualities from decade-old partner Finca San José in El Salvador. Just because he buys from the same farm every year, it doesn’t mean he’s always getting the same coffees…
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    • El Salvador
  • Girls Who Grind Coffee & Bean Voyage: why partners should match your values
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    Girls Who Grind Coffee & Bean Voyage: why partners should match your values

    The idea of customer acquisition based on rare coffees is getting outdated. This is why the UK female roastery Girls Who Grind Coffee built a brand with values that consumers want to support. And they can’t do that without the help of matching suppliers like Bean Voyage.
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    • Costa Rica
  • Why Blum Kaffee puts relationships before quality
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    Why Blum Kaffee puts relationships before quality

    Swiss roaster impressed restaurants and grew in hospitality despite the pandemic. Their secret? A fruity Ethiopian natural produced by Boledu Coffee and a relationship-driven sourcing model that shows their customers what they are really about.
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    • Ethiopia
  • There is more to Kenya than notes of lemon and tomato
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    There is more to Kenya than notes of lemon and tomato

    UK-based roastery stopped sourcing from the same big exporter everyone else uses in Kenya to buy from the same producers every year through Vava Angwenyi. They describe the fun of exploring different regions and flavour profiles and how access to atypical lots helped them carve a niche following of Kenyan coffee lovers.
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    • Kenya
  • How a roaster is having an impact in the lives of Honduran smallholders
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    How a roaster is having an impact in the lives of Honduran smallholders

    Having an impact at origin is more than paying above the C price for specialty coffee. Dutch roastery Wakuli partners with Cafesmo in Ocotepeque to help farmers improve the quality of their beans so they can get better pay from all of their customers. Their story started at Algrano in 2021.
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    • Honduras
  • Rave Coffee, Old Spike Roasters and the rising popularity of Tanzanian beans
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    Rave Coffee, Old Spike Roasters and the rising popularity of Tanzanian beans

    The two roasters describe how their latest Tanzanian single-origins sourced through Algrano were customer favourites with nothing shy from the quality of Kenyan or Ethiopian lots, sustainable farming practices, a good shelf-life with a stable acidity until the last batches and an added bonus: outstanding synergy with milk.
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    • Tanzania
  • How Bell Lane Coffee built a relationship with Canta Galo Farm from a 3 bag order
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    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…
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    • Brazil
  • Friedhats & Gasharu: Embracing Rwanda without fear of potato defect
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    Friedhats & Gasharu: Embracing Rwanda without fear of potato defect

    The quality of Rwanda's coffee has skyrocketed in the last decade. However, many buyers remain reticent about this origin because they fear the infamous Potato Taste Defect (PTD). Though PTD can't be 100% avoided, it is under scrutiny in the country and its incidence has decreased as quality improved. Now, some progressive roasters are willing to take the risk. Friedhats, a specialty roastery in Amsterdam, talks about their experience with the origin and how they are enjoying a partnership with Gasharu in Nyamasheke. They are not looking back...
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    • Rwanda