Posted on July 5 2019
Using Comparators when assessing coffee quality is best practice; however, it it also has issues. Stephen Cornford discusses how to improve Quality Control in Specialty coffee.
Posted on June 14 2019
June 14 2019
This year's World of Coffee show was epic. Great Coffee, Great People, Great Times had by all! What's not to love? Ben Palmer re-caps.
Posted on February 15 2017
February 15 2017
2017 marked the second year of Mercanta’s Jantioquia (January in Antioquia) – an event inspired by my own experiences in Antioquia some years ago. When I first began visiting Antioquia in 2010, the department (Colombia’s largest administrative subdivision) had long been overlooked with regards to both coffee and tourism. At the time, Huila held distinction
Posted on September 6 2016
Back to the EHP of PNG: Grant Rattray and Leah Warren visit Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highland Province
September 6 2016
Grant Rattray and Leah Warren visit Papua New Guinea and tell us about their search for quality green coffee in this unique origin.
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 June 10 2016
June 10 2016
Mercanta Medellin's Juan Cano recounts his recent visit to the Antioquia's Best Cup prizewinning La Falda del Centro.
Posted on February 1 2016
February 1 2016
Mercanta kicked off the beginning of 2016 by celebrating with our friends and partners in Colombia! For the month of January, Stephen Hurst and many other Mercanta staff welcomed friends from around the world to Antioquia and Huila to better know this beautiful country that is home to some of the world's finest coffees.
Posted on October 31 2013
October 31 2013
We are glad to launch Mercanta of the Americas, formerly known as Mercanta Central America. This much expanded operation will be overseen by Christian Schaps, who will be responsible for looking after a number of origins in the region. The aim of MoA is to make it more accessible to search for fine coffees as
Posted on October 18 2013
October 18 2013
We recently welcomed Túlio Henrique Rennó Junqueira from Carmo Estate to talk about his farm, production and life in the coffee family. For those that were lucky enough to join us on the day, there was the fascinating opportunity to question Tulio on all aspect of production and export. If you couldn’t join us, watch
Posted on April 1 2013
April 1 2013
Last Friday there was much excitement in the office as we became the proud possessors of ‘Mercanta’ engraved cupping spoons. As eager as we were to test them out straight away, we knew they would benefit in the long run from a little tempering. Although the need to season a roaster is widely accepted in
Posted on November 28 2012
November 28 2012
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. We
Posted on November 8 2012
November 8 2012
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. Two weeks, dozens of farms, cupping
Posted on September 19 2012
September 19 2012
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our UK lab for a fantastic afternoon of cupping last Friday. We had a great time and really appreciated all the feedback from the group. It was a busy afternoon – a group of over ten of us cupped a total of 36 coffees, across three tables.
Posted on July 8 2012
July 8 2012
This season we have started working with producers in two upcoming growing regions with great potential for specialty lots – Honduras in Central America and Antioquia in Colombia. We are very excited about these new projects and look forward to sharing our latest finds. Honduras isn’t strictly a new origin for us. We have brought
Posted on June 16 2011
June 16 2011
Mercanta’s team in Seattle are very excited about their brand new cupping table! We can’t wait to host our first cupping day for our North American customers. The custom built table top was installed this week, meaning that our new lab and office in central Seattle is finally complete! We have the same table in
Posted on April 14 2011
April 14 2011
We are very excited to announce that Mercanta North America has recently moved into a new office space in central Seattle – equipped with a custom-built cupping lab of course! We shipped our very first container of specialty coffee direct from origin to North America in 2006, after a decade of sourcing and importing some
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