Category Archives: Transparency / Transparencia

Ethiopia: Coming Back to Cooperative Coffee

Our Previous Relationships with Cooperatives via TechnoServe During the initial phase of Technoserve’s (TNS) work with cooperatives in Ethiopia, Kaffa in Oslo imported green coffee directly (pre-CCS) and roasted a few lots from some of the TNS supported washing stations,

Ethiopia: Coming Back to Cooperative Coffee

Our Previous Relationships with Cooperatives via TechnoServe During the initial phase of Technoserve’s (TNS) work with cooperatives in Ethiopia, Kaffa in Oslo imported green coffee directly (pre-CCS) and roasted a few lots from some of the TNS supported washing stations,

Kenya: The Backward Rise of the Small Estate Farm

Connecting quality coffee with specific farms and their owners has become the specialty coffee norm, which emphasizes cup score, long-term relationships, and transparency. This bodes well for smallholders and roasters alike, as these expectations point to an evolving market; one

Kenya: The Backward Rise of the Small Estate Farm

Connecting quality coffee with specific farms and their owners has become the specialty coffee norm, which emphasizes cup score, long-term relationships, and transparency. This bodes well for smallholders and roasters alike, as these expectations point to an evolving market; one

Situation in Ethiopia

Over the last nine months, there have been waves of protest and unrest occurring in the Oromia region, which has led us to cancel our planned trip to Ethiopia in the coming weeks. Amidst the protests and subsequent killings, we

Situation in Ethiopia

Over the last nine months, there have been waves of protest and unrest occurring in the Oromia region, which has led us to cancel our planned trip to Ethiopia in the coming weeks. Amidst the protests and subsequent killings, we

Farmer Profile: Jhon Leguizamon

Name: Tolima Location: La Veta, Colombia Region: San Juan de La China Altitude(masl): 1800-2000 Average Annual Rainfall(mm): 940 Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Harvest Season: May- July Variety: Mixed, Castillo, Caturra About Before 1999, La Esperanza was run by his

Farmer Profile: Jhon Leguizamon

Name: Tolima Location: La Veta, Colombia Region: San Juan de La China Altitude(masl): 1800-2000 Average Annual Rainfall(mm): 940 Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Harvest Season: May- July Variety: Mixed, Castillo, Caturra About Before 1999, La Esperanza was run by his

Farmer Profile: Omar Calderon

Name: Granitos de Ortiz Location: San Maria de Dota, Costa Rica Region: Tarrazu Altitude(masl): 1650-2200 Average Annual Rainfall(mm): 2600 Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Variety: Red and Yellow Catuai, Typica Soil: Volcanic About Tarrazu is one of the best areas

Farmer Profile: Omar Calderon

Name: Granitos de Ortiz Location: San Maria de Dota, Costa Rica Region: Tarrazu Altitude(masl): 1650-2200 Average Annual Rainfall(mm): 2600 Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Variety: Red and Yellow Catuai, Typica Soil: Volcanic About Tarrazu is one of the best areas

Factory Profile: Gathiruini

Name: Gathiruini Affiliated CFS: Komothai Cooperative Society Province: Central District: Kiambu Location: Gathiruini Nearest Town/Centre: Karatina Average Annual Rainfall (mm): 1100 Altitude (masl): 1520-2200 Process: Washed and Naturals Drying Method: Sun Harvest Method: Handpicking Main Harvest Season: November – January

Factory Profile: Gathiruini

Name: Gathiruini Affiliated CFS: Komothai Cooperative Society Province: Central District: Kiambu Location: Gathiruini Nearest Town/Centre: Karatina Average Annual Rainfall (mm): 1100 Altitude (masl): 1520-2200 Process: Washed and Naturals Drying Method: Sun Harvest Method: Handpicking Main Harvest Season: November – January

Factory Profile: Kiangai

Name: Kiangai Affiliated CFS: Kibirigwi Cooperative Society Province: Central District: Kiangai Location: Kirinyaga, Nyeri Nearest Town/Centre: Karatina Average Annual Rainfall (mm): 1500 Altitude (masl): 1310-1900
Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Harvest Method: Handpicking Main Harvest Season: November – January Varieties: SL

Factory Profile: Kiangai

Name: Kiangai Affiliated CFS: Kibirigwi Cooperative Society Province: Central District: Kiangai Location: Kirinyaga, Nyeri Nearest Town/Centre: Karatina Average Annual Rainfall (mm): 1500 Altitude (masl): 1310-1900
Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Harvest Method: Handpicking Main Harvest Season: November – January Varieties: SL

Farm Profile: Ndocha Estate

Name: Ndocha Estate Province: Central District: Ruiru Location: Kiambu Nearest Town/Centre: Kiambu Average Annual Rainfall (mm): 1300 Altitude (masl): 1575 Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Harvest Method: Handpicking Main Harvest Season: November – January Varieties: SL 328 Soil: Rich red

Farm Profile: Ndocha Estate

Name: Ndocha Estate Province: Central District: Ruiru Location: Kiambu Nearest Town/Centre: Kiambu Average Annual Rainfall (mm): 1300 Altitude (masl): 1575 Process: Washed Drying Method: Sun Harvest Method: Handpicking Main Harvest Season: November – January Varieties: SL 328 Soil: Rich red

Producer Profile: Daniel Peterson, Hacienda La Esmeralda

Estate: Hacienda Esmeralda Region: Jaramillo and Canas Verdas Location: Boquete, Panama Altitude(masl): 1600-1800 Process: Washed and Natural Variety: Geisha About As a coffee farmer, Daniel´s interest in the sensory evaluation of coffee was once a rarity. The custom at Hacienda

Producer Profile: Daniel Peterson, Hacienda La Esmeralda

Estate: Hacienda Esmeralda Region: Jaramillo and Canas Verdas Location: Boquete, Panama Altitude(masl): 1600-1800 Process: Washed and Natural Variety: Geisha About As a coffee farmer, Daniel´s interest in the sensory evaluation of coffee was once a rarity. The custom at Hacienda

Direct Trade and the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange: What’s the Problem?

98% of the coffee exported out of Ethiopia goes through the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX), so to say it’s important is a massive understatement. But it’s also a struggle to understand, makes transparency seem as out of reach as world

Direct Trade and the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange: What’s the Problem?

98% of the coffee exported out of Ethiopia goes through the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX), so to say it’s important is a massive understatement. But it’s also a struggle to understand, makes transparency seem as out of reach as world