Coffee Travel Diaries: Winter 2014 Part II

We would never let Irving Farm’s Coffee Director, Dan Streetman, visit so many of the beautiful farms with whom we have relationships without promising to write home about it. Here is his second of two travel diaries from his recent winter harvest trip to Central America. Day 5: It has been a great visit. I
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Coffee Travel Diaries: Winter 2014

We would never let Irving Farm’s Coffee Director, Dan Streetman, visit so many of the beautiful farms with whom we have relationships without promising to write home about it. Here is his first of two coffee travel diaries from his recent winter harvest trip to Central America.   Day 1: Arrive Santa Isabel I arrived
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Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert 2012

Founders Sting and Trudie Styler began the Rainforest Foundation International in 1989 after they saw first-hand the destruction of the Amazon rainforests, and the devastating impact it had on the lives of the indigenous peoples who lived there. This week at the 2012 Rainforest Foundation Benefit Concert Irving Farm is launching a collaboration project between Irving
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El Salvador 2012

Last week I was in El Salvador visiting with our partners at JASAL.  In case you don’t know JASAL produces the Cerro Las Ranas, and Everest Coffees we have had the past 2 years.  This family run business is in its third generation, and this year marks the first year that Jose Antonio Jr, and
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Roaster’s Guild Retreat 2011

This past weekend our roaster, Clyde Miller, and I attended the SCAA’s Roaster Guild Retreat.  It is an annual gathering of roasters from all of the country to come together and collaborate, and share tips and techniques about the roasting craft.  They also had a team roasting challenge, and various educational seminars. Dan judging the
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Colombia trip report June 2011

After spending a few days at the World Barista Championship, I spent a week touring Colombia, and trying to identify some coffee producers for Irving Farm to work with.  Our first stop was Monserrate, in Huila.  This mountain-top town is home to over 80 families who produce coffee on their modest hillside land.  The producers
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USBC Round 1 Line-Up

usbc2011: Thursday April 28 All times are approximate. Check the live-stream to see who’s on, then adjust accordingly. All times CDT – Houston, TX, USA Comp Time – Comp Number. Barista, Company – City 11:15 – 1. Stephen Schuh, Kaldis’s – St Louis 11:25 – 2. Chandler Rentz, Batdorf – Atlanta 11:55 – 3. Row Aczon
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Coffee, Cacao & Connection

  In preparation (and excitement) for our evening of coffee & chocolate pairings with Brooklyn’s Raaka Chocolate, we sat down with Nena Méndez, whose family farm in El Salvador—Talnamica—is featured in our limited edition chocolate bar inspired by the flavors of Salvadoran horchata. Her family has been in the coffee business since the 1880s, and
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Meet the Farmers: Joshua Littlefield

This week we send two of our best to compete in the Big Eastern Coffee Championships in Durham, NC. Brandon Epting (a North Carolina native) will be competing in the Brewers Cup, and Joshua Littlefield will represent Irving Farm in the Barista Competition where he promises to present a drink inspired by “Top Gun” with
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