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Colombia Bridge Reconstruction in San Antonio

A vital bridge in the coffee-producing community of San Antonio was destroyed due to torrential rains last year. Mercanta helped support the reconstruction of this bridge, providing producers and community members the ability to cross the river. Read on to learn more!

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Posted @withregram โ€ข @londonschoolofcoffee ๐Ÿ“ฃAnnouncement Alert ๐Ÿ“ฃ

London School of Coffee is Moving!!!

Our new slightly bigger location is now in Wandsworth (Closest station Earlsfield and Wandsworth Town) ๐Ÿ“

Bigger site for Roasting Training and Toll Roasting Services ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Alongside all our SCA and Non SCA courses in all the coffee disciplines โ˜•๏ธ

We will still be offering some on-line courses but with the majority of courses being in-house at the new site ๐Ÿ’ป

Our course calendar does already have some dates on there but we will be adding more over the next few weeks. We hope to see you soon!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you have any question please contact our team at

Continue to enjoy highlights from our Nicaraguan live! As we discussed, our coffee journey has led us to explore fascinating coffee varietals, including Parainema and Java.

Parainema is a hybrid coffee varietal that was developed in Honduras. It`s known for its excellent resistance to coffee leaf rust, a common coffee plant disease. Parainema produces a cup of coffee with a unique flavor profile, often characterized by bright acidity, floral notes, and a medium body. It`s a popular choice among coffee producers in Central America due to its resilience and quality.

Java, on the other hand, has a rich history dating back to the 17th century when coffee was introduced to Indonesia. It`s one of the older and more traditional coffee varietals. Java coffee beans typically have a full body, low to medium acidity, and a unique earthy or spicy flavor profile. They`re often used in blends to add depth and complexity.

Exploring these varietals not only offers us a taste of their unique flavors but also sheds light on the diversity within the world of coffee. Feel free to reach out if you`d like to dive deeper into the world of coffee varietals or have any more questions. Enjoy your coffee journey!

Good morning! Ever wondered how we ship our coffee from Nicaragua? Watch this highlight from our Instagram Live to find out!

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Get ready to meet and greet our dear friend and partner, Manfred Gunkel โ€“ the Nicaraguan coffee maestro, and proud owner of San Antonio and La Verona farms. Tune in to listen and learn about his fascinating life, family, and all things coffee! โ˜•๐ŸŒฑ #CoffeeJourney #MeetTheProducer #CoffeeConnection ...

Join us for some highlights from our live streaming with Manfred Gunkel in Nicaragua and get a sneak peek of our fresh coffee arrivals in the UK, US, and Singapore! โ˜•๐ŸŒŽ #CoffeeAdventures #GlobalBeans #CoffeeLovers#mercanta #arrival #greencoffee #nicaragua #coffeehunter ...

Meet our partners: Manfred Gunkel ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฎ


Join us for a virtual coffee journey โ˜•! We`re going live today at 5 PM London time with Manfred Gunkel a coffee producer straight from Nicaragua. Grab your favorite brew and tune in for an aromatic chat! โ˜•๐ŸŒŽ #CoffeeTalk #NicaraguanCoffee #liveat5 #mercanta #coffeetime #coffeehunter ...

Nicaragua`s coffee history is a tale of resilience and revival. From its origins with Spanish colonialists in the 1800s to the challenges faced during the 20th century, including political unrest and Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the coffee industry has persevered.

Known as the land of lakes and volcanoes within Central America, Nicaragua is a pocket for high quality coffee thanks to its rich soils and various microclimates.

Coffee has spread to three main production areas: Las Segovias, Matagalpa, and Jinotega; characterized by fertile, volcanic soils and lush vegetation.

Today, cooperatives play a vital role in supporting small producers, contributing to Nicaragua`s economy, and promoting sustainable coffee production. โ˜•๐ŸŒฑ

#NicaraguaCoffee #CoffeeRevival #Nicaragua #Mercanta #Mercantacoffee #coffeehunter #coffee

Posted @withregram โ€ข @londonschoolofcoffee Online Coffee Tasting Course ๐Ÿฅ„
(SCA sensory foundation)

This is a beginner`s course to cover the essentials of sensory evaluation in coffee. Students are taught practical skills balanced with theoretical concepts. Learn the 5 Basic tastes and aroma recognition, Concepts of Mouthfeel and How to apply key sensory concepts to the evaluation of the coffeeโ€™s intrinsic characteristics

๐Ÿ“† 11th & 13th September (10am - 2pm)

For more information head to our website or email

๐ŸŒฟ Dive into our insightful conversation with guest Diego Robelo from Aquiares, as Stephen Hurst unveils an extraordinary view โ€“ Aquiares Farm: more than just a farm, a thriving community.

Don`t wait! Watch now ๐ŸŽฌ

#costarica #mercanta #reels #specialtycoffee #coffeehunter

๐Ÿ™ A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made the Mercanta Europe Cupping Day an unforgettable event! ๐ŸŒŸ We had an incredible afternoon with wonderful people, savoring the captivating flavors of our African new arrivals coffees. โ˜•๏ธ From the rich heritage of Ethiopia to the vibrant profiles of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. These coffees left us in awe. Here`s to the love of coffee and the joy of sharing this experience together! ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿƒ #MercantaEurope #CuppingDay #AfricanCoffees #CoffeeTasting #GratefulHeart
#mercanta #coffee #coffeehunter

Today is a day of celebration as we honor Stephen Hurst on his 60th birthday! Let`s raise a toast to a life filled with wisdom, joy, and countless cherished moments. Happy birthday, Stephen! May this milestone year be extraordinary in every way. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚โœจ ...

Wishing a fantastic birthday to the amazing Stephen! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚ May your day be filled with joy, laughter, and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee! Sending warm wishes from Gayle Reed, Daisy Rollo @coffeaarabicaltd and @londonschoolofcoffee . Cheers to a wonderful year ahead! ๐Ÿฅณโ˜•๏ธ ...

Join the Mercanta Team on Thursday 20th July at our office in Berlin for a tasting of shipment samples from Ethiopia & Kenya, followed by a few glasses of natural wine!

The event is free to attend, but there are limited spaces so please get in touch with Magdalena to let us know that you are joining.


Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Mercanta Europe

Date: Thursday 20th July
Time: 15:00
Location: Zossener Str 41, 10961

Posted @withregram โ€ข @crafthousecoffee


You may have seen us talking about the word "cupping" in the past, but what exactly does that word mean in the world of coffee?

Cupping, put simply, is the process of tasting coffee to determine its potential, to develop our palate and to highlight any defects within the coffee.

Here`s our step-by-step guide to cupping your own coffee.

1. Weigh out 12.5g coffee and grind to a course setting
2. Assess the dry aroma as you heat your water
3. Start your timer and pour hot water onto your coffee grinds until the cup is filled
4. Between 3-4 minutes, break the crust of the coffee and assess the aroma now it is wet
5. Using two spoons, remove the remaining coffee grounds from the cup
6. Between 12-14 minutes, your coffee should be cool enough to taste
7. Slurp your coffee. This aspirates (or sprays) coffee into the mouth, ensuring you cover your palate with every flavour available
8. Rinse spoon and repeat

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