Meet the Buyer Event at Everyman Espresso in NYC
Manhattan's Everyman Espresso will host a special Meet the Coffee Buyer event Sunday, March 22, at 8 p.m., with Counter Culture Coffee's Director of Coffee and co-owner Peter Giuliano. The event, subtitled Building Quality from Seed to Cup, will cover a range of topics including but not limited to discovering and developing coffee quality, stories and photos from origin, and connecting coffee with taste experiences.
Combined with his gift for storytelling, Peter's wealth of knowledge about coffee, its history, and the communities that produce it will certainly make for an entertaining and enlightening evening.
136 East 13th Street
(Between 3rd and 4th Ave)
New York, NY 10003
Update on the Roast-Your-Own-Coffee Program in Rwanda
Six months ago, Counter Culture started working with our partners at the SPREAD project and RWASHOSCCO, as well as with our friends from Intelligentsia, to sponsor a Roast-Your-Own-Coffee program in Rwandan coffee-growing communities. A great irony of the coffee trade is that most coffee farmers—even some of the world’s most dedicated and talented coffee farmers—are not able to actually taste the coffee they work so hard to produce. Time and time again, we’ve seen that when coffee farmers are able to taste and evaluate their own coffee, they are able to use that immediate feedback to not only better develop quality, but also to better communicate about coffee with partners like us. It’s a good thing.
Launched in February, this program empowers Rwandan coffee farmers with the tools needed to mimic the Ethiopian coffee ritual: kits made up of a bicycle inner tube for removing the parchment from the coffee, a basket for winnowing the parchment away before roasting, roasting pot, and a mortar and pestle for grinding roasted coffee
Counter Culture's Sustainability & Producer Relations Manager Kim Elena Bullock provided an update on how these efforts may help to improve upon the ironic downside of traveling to coffee growing regions.
Back From the Road: Our Annual Nicaragua Trip, 2009
Counter Culture's Sustainability & Producer Relations Manager Kim Elena Bullock just returned from Nicaragua with our own Cindy Chang and small group of retail partners. Each January, Counter Culture visits Nicaragua with a different group to spend a week learning about coffee growing and processing, about building relationships, and about the amazing work that goes into crafting high-quality coffee.
Read Kim Elena's 2009 trip report from coffee farms in Nicaragua, please visit our Coffee Origins section.
Head Roaster Tim Hill's Trip Report from Popayan, Colombia, in June 2008!
Counter Culture Coffee's head roaster Tim Hill recently collected his notes from his trip to Popayan, Colombia, back in June 2008 ... just in time, too, because the 2008/2009 harvest lot of La Golondrina recently arrived in our warehouse!
In June 2008, Tim visited Virmax, our friends and partners who been instrumental to our relation-building efforts in Popayan, Colombia. During his trip, Tim toured coffee farms, met with farmers, and cupped the coffees that were to comprise the delicious new harvest lot of La Golondrina. To read more about Tim's trip to Popayan, Colombia, please visit our coffee Origins section.
From the Road: Saludos de San Ramon, Nicaragua
Counter Culture Coffee's Sustainability & Producer Relations Manager Kim Elena Bullock emailed a dispatch earlier this week from Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where she visited some of our producer-partners at origin who are working to restructure their organization.
Since the beginning of 2008, a dozen of these producer-partners have done the legwork necessary to sell coffee to Counter Culture through a system that we all hope will lead to more transparency in the chain, better quality in the cup and more money paid to the growers. Kim Elena made a trip visit our friends in San Ramón and to discuss the challenges that lay ahead: What is the group's plan for organic certification? How much will it cost? What are their costs, and how can we make sure that more money reaches them this year than in years past? Where is their financing coming from?