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A couple of weeks back, Howard was in Guatemala and El Salvador meeting producer friends old and new and generally having a great time tasting, exploring and talking with fascinating and engaging coffee producers. A country with significant history in coffee, and regionally trademarked production regions. Guatemala has recovered well from the leaf rust (roya) […]

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7th March 2016

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Last week saw Riccione play host to the second annual Barista Guild of Europe, Barista Camp. The camp is aimed at working baristas with the intention of educating, inspiring and equipping baristas with new skills. As part of our commitment to the UKBC as main roaster sponsors, Bewleys promised to take the best newcomer to […]

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30th September 2015

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One of the brilliant parts of working in the coffee industry is the annual World of Coffee get together arranged by the SCAE. The location changes every year so for 2015 Gothenburg had to live up to the good times had by all in Rimini 2014. Gothenburg seemed like a much more appropriate city as it boasts a burgeoning speciality coffee scene, however, unfortunately our visit was fairly short lived so the extent of the adventures in the city was refined to the evening socials at the city centre theme park!

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26th June 2015

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First part of the trip was cantered around the Las Lajas Estate & micro mill, a farm we are familiar with and have enjoyed their coffees for several years. Oscar and Fransisca make and their family in their own words ‘live coffee’ as their house is maybe all of 10m from the mill & drying beds!
Well known for a couple of years now for processing exceptional honey and natural coffees, the key is in fastidious attention to detail and not being afraid of experimentation. As Oscar said on one of our long talks; “It is the responsibility of the barista and the producer to innovate in coffee”. As the roaster in the middle, I think we hold the key to marrying the innovation at both ends of the coffee chain – a big responsibility!

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The UK’s largest coffee focussed trade and consumer show was back; this year we were using the show as a platform to launch the Grumpy Mule re-brand. The festival was bigger and busier than ever, attracting over 23,642 visitors.
We’ve exhibited at London Coffee Festival for the past few years, but this year we bought something entirely new. The 2015 festival was where we unveiled the brand new Grumpy Mule look!

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England’s World Cup performance may make you balk at my mention of Brazil, so I’ll steer clear of any references to that well-loved sport and stick to talking about the thoroughly enjoyable trip that Paul and I made to origin last month. As I said in my blog entry last week, we were incredibly interested to see the impact that the speciality coffee market is having on coffee growers in the region.

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24th June 2014

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