Always wanted to know what we do in the Mercanta cupping lab? Well, Big Brother has been watching us so come and be a fly on the wall for a moment...
We had a fantastic time at the 25th SCAA in Boston last weekend with cuppings, interviews and lots of time spreading the quality coffee word!
Mercanta have joined forces with Café Pacas, to reach beyond the coffee plantations and put the proceeds from coffee back into communities in El Salvador.
We sent Jose to spend a hectic three days in Honduras meeting old friends and seeking out new farms all in the name of sourcing exciting additions for our warehouses.
Last Friday there was much excitement in the office as we became the proud possessors of ‘Mercanta’ engraved cupping spoons.
12th – 14th April will see thousands of people from more than 75 countries descend on Boston to discover the world of specialty coffee.
A high-profile gathering of top executives from across various coffee sectors will take place next Thursday, 27th March at The Waldorf Hilton, London.
While farmers across Colombia have been blocking roads and causing general disruption in a widespread protest over low prices, Mercanta are getting to know the growers in order to offer them a viable outlet for their specialty product.
Mercanta's Will Corby takes top spots for best espresso and signature drink as well as 3rd overall in UKBC Heat
Thursday 31st January saw Mercanta hold their first cupping day of 2013 with attendees from as far a field as Teddington and Perthshire.
On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of January we were invited by the Deutsche Roestergilde (German Roaster’s Guild) and Probat to join them at a roasting workshop and sensory exercise that took place at Probat in Emmerich, Germany.
On Friday 23rd November we held our first off site invitational cupping day at one of the UK’s leading specialist coffee shops, Colonna & Small’s in Bath. We had a great turnout from roasters based in the South West and I’m sure that everyone enjoyed this opportunity to put faces to names and companies.
On Wednesday 7 November an earthquake measuring 7.2 caused extensive destruction in Guatemala. There are at least 50 people who have lost their lives and thousands of homes have been destroyed or damaged.
Michael Gehrken, who farms at Blackburn Estate in Tanzania, just sent us through some lovely photos of the flowering at Blackburn... Looks like next year's crop will be a good one!
1850km in a 1 litre Fiat Uno; Brazil is nothing if not huge. Starting in Sao Paulo, this trip took me to Pedregulho on the Sao Paulo/Minas Gerais border, then Pocos de Caldas, Santo Antonio do Amparo, Areado in Minas Gerais, then back to Pocos and finally Sao Paulo.
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