One of the perks of coffee is the travel. This month, Atlas Coffee Importers asked me to join them in Brazil to judge a co-op competition. This is my second similar trip, and I wanted to share a little of it with you all.
The first thing to understand is what this type of competition is. Of the 500,000+ coffee farms in Brazil, 80% of those are 20 hectares or less. 25% of farm land has to be left as sanctuary land-great for the environment, but not so easy on farmers trying to profit on their...
The coffee industry is full of wonderful stories to be told. From baristas, to farmers, to roasters, everyone has a story to tell. This time around we're focusing on the story of a particular farm in Costa Rica: Santa Elena.
We've had coffee from Santa Elena on our shelves for quite some time. They not only produce a great tasting product, the farm is woman-owned (which if you haven't noticed is a detail we really love)!
Luz Marina Trujillo, the owner of the farm, comes from a family of coffee producers. She...
Linda knows coffee. If you've ever stopped in our shop and talked with her, you know she oozes coffee knowledge. What's even more admirable is her desire to constantly learn more.
Linda got her start in coffee back in 2009 with a west coast chain, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. She's been soaking up all the knowledge and experience she can ever since.
"My favorite memory with coffee was at the Ala Moana Shopping center in Hawaii. There used to be a huge coffee shop in the middle of...
Our roaster Nikol is great. If you haven't stopped in the shop and met her, you're missing out. Her story highlights how passion for a hobby can turn into an absolutely wonderful career. Nikol's been with Copper Door for just over a year now. Check out her coffee journey!
"My coffee journey started in Seattle as a barista at Starbucks. From training there at head quarters, I transferred back to Colorado and stayed with the company for 8 years.
I went through their 'coffee master program,'which involves extensive tasting...
We're always out there looking for the next great addition to our list of offerings. Our searches led us to a wonderful coffee out of the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala.
Huehuetenango is one of the most popular regions for growing coffee in Guatemala. This particular coffee comes from the CODECH cooperative, a group of farms located in the highest mountain range in Guatemala.
This coffee carries notes of black cherry and kola nut. We're really excited to have it on our shelves, so stop in and pick up a bag for yourself!