Posted on June 28 2022
Over the past 18 months, our partners at Origin have supported us in tagging thousands of individual coffee sacks and boxes with QR codes. Scanning one of these codes reveals more information about that coffee’s journey than one could ever imagine.
Posted on February 15 2021
February 15 2021
Dear Mercanta Customers, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your loyalty and perseverance over the past 12 months. Without doubt this has been the toughest year on record for Mercanta, yourselves, and the coffee industry as a whole. Despite all, we can take solace in the fact that our industry has proven to
Posted on January 18 2021
January 18 2021
The 2020 Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide is now Live! Designed by Professor Peter W Roberts and his team at Emory University, the guide aims to help separate the specialty market from C-market commodity pricing; highlighting market trends in the speciality coffee sector. We’re proud to be one of this years 81 supporters, as well as
Posted on January 7 2021
January 7 2021
2020 will never be forgotten for the challenges that society faced, also individuals and the specialty coffee business that provides a living for so many. I suppose people had become accustomed to hearing of challenges, natural disasters, and humanitarian problems in coffee-producing countries. But without doubt, every corner of the globe has been affected by
Posted on May 29 2019
May 29 2019
Friday the 17th May marked a new stage in Mercanta’s relationship with the Scottish coffee scene. Joined from London HQ by a few good women and men from the lab – plus the boss for good measure – we set about cupping three tables of coffee and welcomed clients and friends to our brand-new digs.
Posted on May 17 2019
May 17 2019
Adryll, as Customer Account Manager, brings an extensive skill-set to Mercanta’s global team of Coffee Hunters. Starting May 1, Adryll Lin joins Aster Lam in staffing Mercanta’s Singapore office. Adryll brings a wealth of experience from various coffee industry sectors to his new role as Customer Account Manager. He possesses a deep understanding of the
Posted on April 11 2019
April 11 2019
Stephen Hurst discusses the current plummet in the C-Price and how specialty coffee should address volatility It is the early 1990’s. The International Coffee Agreement, a producer/consumer cartel of sorts, which for many years had regulated the commodity coffee price via an export/import quota system, had ceased to exist. Not only did this mean
Posted on January 22 2019
January 22 2019
Our beloved friend and colleague, Grant Rattray, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday 21st January in Singapore, where he was regional sales manager for Mercanta in Asia In 2004, a principled and enthusiastic young man contacted Mercanta, seeking to get into the nascent European specialty coffee industry. I signed him up. Grant worked for
Posted on January 12 2018
January 12 2018
For many years, Mercanta has been telling you the same, old Ethiopia story: In 2008 Ethiopia began the centralization of all coffee exports through the newly established Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). This eliminated most roasters’ and importers’ ability to provide accurate information of the precise traceability of coffees. Until December of that same year, growers
Posted on December 21 2016
December 21 2016
The town of Las Victorias is located in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz region – an area widely renowned for its coffee. Some 80 families are scattered among farms and rainforest in this beautiful, but impoverished, area. The nearest town, San Cristobal Verapaz, is about an hour’s walk. Although some families farm corn, beans and livestock to eek
Posted on September 10 2016
September 10 2016
Mercanta North America’s Megan Rindt visited this year’s Canadian Tea & Coffee show – and here’s what she saw!!! The Canada Coffee & Tea Show was a great event. Toronto is a beautiful city full of wonderful people and great roasters. Spending a few days at the show and a day café crawling gave me
Posted on September 1 2016
September 1 2016
Mercanta’s Stephen Cornford takes a journey to Peru: 11,265 km long and, 2,500m high.
Posted on August 5 2016
August 5 2016
Pedro Echavarria and Leonardo Hennao from Antioquia's Santa Barbara Estate joined us in the UK, visiting friends and talking about FERMENTATION!
Posted on July 8 2016
July 8 2016
On May 16-20, Mercanta North America’s John Curry attended the 2016 Guatemala Cup of Excellence (COE) International Jury as an observer. He shares his experiences.
Posted on July 6 2016
July 6 2016
Mercanta's ability to link and create relationships between producers and roasters highlighted and praised by Sustainable Restaurant Association
Posted on May 23 2016
May 23 2016
In March of 2016, the Financial Times featured an excellent piece on Stephen Hurst, Founder and Managing Director of Mercanta, Ltd. highlighting his role as a pioneer of specialty coffee in Europe. You can read the post below by clicking on pop-out icon on the embedded PDF below.
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