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A Pilgrimage To The Origins Of Coffee - Part I

Workers picking cherries at Daye Bensa, Ethiopia Our first origin trip for this year saw us travelling to Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, concentrating on the coffee growing areas of Sidamo, Guji and Yirgacheffe.  Upon landing at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, we make a quick stop at our host's office before heading off out of town to Hawassa (also spelt Awasa), around 295 km south of Addis Ababa. It has been a long journey getting to Ethiopia, over 38 hours in fact, including a 20 hour layover in Dubai. It was late when we reached Hawassa, around 9:00pm. A quick dinner stop at a local restaurant and we were off to our accommodation, a cabin in a tree...

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Elixir Specialty Coffee

We are very excited to share this news. Our good friends at Elixir Specialty Coffee have just announced us as one of their contributing roasters for the next release of the Elixir Subscription Service in the USA. Included in this series are highly respected roasters Intelligentsia, Portola, Copa Vida, Starbucks, and acknowledged thought leader, Scott Rao. Below is a copy of the announcement released today to subscribers of the Elixir Subscription Service in the USA. Elixir: "Looks like whiskey, feels like tea, made from coffee and unlike anything u've ever tasted before!" ".... we announced the upcoming roasters... ...for our U.S Elixir Subscription service (see picture above) on social media and have started working our way thought them, not in...

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Reliving Sumatra

Once in a while we find something and recognise it's potential. We shape and polish and delight at what is revealed before us. This excitement is repeated over again when we share our discoveries with others. Back in November 2014, we set off on our first trip to Sumatra, Indonesia to look for coffee which was representative of the region, but with enough distinction and character as to be instantly recognisable as something more than typical. We found it, from one of the local producers in a small town called Dolok Sanggul and have been working with it ever since. Breakfast on the patio at one of the producers in Dolok Sangul, Sumatra, Indonesia. Earlier this year, during casual conversation...

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