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  • How to review prices as your green goes up
    • Trends
    • Interview
    How to review prices as your green goes up

    Supply reductions, climate change, volatility on the C-market, shipping crisis, COVID, and inflation are making everything more expensive. It’s hard not to pass some of the extra costs down to consumers. Learn how two experienced roasters control their costs and approach pricing with customers.
    published

  • Rave Coffee, Old Spike Roasters and the rising popularity of Tanzanian beans
    • Case study
    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.
    published

    • Tanzania
  • Your Guide to Sourcing and Selling Green Coffee Directly
    • Trends
    Your Guide to Sourcing and Selling Green Coffee Directly

    Download the guide to learn. Producers: about buyers’ needs and how to make offers they can’t resist. Roasters: find out how to communicate and plan, build direct relationships, and access the best lots that never make it to the offer lists.
    published

    • Brazil
    • Colombia
    • Indonesia
    • Ethiopia
    • India
    • Mexico
    • Guatemala
    • Peru
    • Honduras
    • Uganda
    • Costa Rica
    • El Salvador
    • Ecuador
    • Tanzania
    • Kenya
    • Rwanda
    • Bolivia
  • Ethiopia and Central America Overview 2021-2022
    • Harvest report
    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!
    published

    • Ethiopia
    • Mexico
    • Guatemala
    • Honduras
    • Costa Rica
    • El Salvador
  • Why is best to pre-contract your favourite lots in the early days of the harvest
    • Trends
    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...
    published

  • Talk about coffee fermentation with Lucia Solis
    • Webinar
    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.
    published

  • Cropster & Algrano Series Episode 2
    • Webinar
    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.
    published

    • Costa Rica
  • Why sometimes you just have to add things to coffee: on fermentation and adulteration
    • Trends
    • Interview
    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.
    published

  • What is direct sourcing? Is it the same thing as direct trade?
    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.
    published

  • 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.
    published

  • Five things you should know about Indonesian coffee
    • Interview
    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.
    published

    • Indonesia
  • How Bell Lane Coffee built a relationship with Canta Galo Farm from a 3 bag order
    • Case study
    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…
    published

    • Brazil