Equator Travel Blog

Finca Sofia - The Road Ahead

Posted on Jul 30, 2010

by David Pohl
I just returned from a month on our farm in Panama.  I have been writing about the progress on the worker housing as well as good news we received about the health of our coffee trees. Things are looking good.  Read more >>

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The Farm Looks Great

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

by David Pohl
This week, my second of three on the ground in Panama,  we had a visit from Edgardo Miranda, a well respected Panamanian agronomist and coffee producer.  Edgardo has been visiting Finca Sofia since the day we bought it, and has been involved in the development of it from an unplanted piece of land to what it is today - something approaching a coffee farm. One week of plastering done! Read more >>

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Finca Sofia Update - Week One!

Posted on Jul 06, 2010

by David Pohl
I have been on Finca Sofia for just over a week and have seen amazing progress with the worker housing we are building. Read more >>

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Vac-Pac, Grain-Pro or Jute? A New Test!

Posted on Jun 17, 2010

by David Pohl
There are many ways to store green coffee after it has been processed and prepared for export.  Traditionally coffee was put in "jute" - a fiber like burlap.  Due to concerns of the "bagginess" of coffees stored in jute too long, coffee exporters have been experimenting with other forms of packaging.  We have reported in blogs and Facebook posts on some of the other types of packaging solutions, and in this blog we want to report on a cupping we recently did comparing a one-year old coffee in vac-pac versus the same one-year old coffee in grain-pro.Vac-Pac, Grain Pro and Jute  Read more >>

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Finca Sofia - Snake Bites!

Posted on Apr 30, 2010

by David Pohl
Two days ago our field supervisor, Angel, was bitten by a venomous snake. He was rushed to the hospital in David by Kelly Hartmann, farm manager, and given the antidote immediately. Kelly Shows of the Teeth of the Snake  Read more >>

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SCAA Perspectives - Ecuador Perla Negra and Decaf Colombia

Posted on Apr 21, 2010

by David Pohl
I am just back from SCAA in Anaheim.  This wonderful event highlighted some spectacular advances in coffee quality.  In particular I had the pleasure of cupping coffees from Ecuador and Colombia that "reset" my expectations for these origins. Read more >>

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Panama - Finca Sofia Update!

Posted on Apr 17, 2010

by David Pohl
I just returned from a wonderful trip to Finca Sofia, Equator's fledgling coffee farm in Panama.  This trip was focused on three aspects of the farm: worker housing, getting Angelica, a girl on a farm with a deformed leg, on a plane to the US  for surgery, and checking on the status of our coffee trees.

"Retro" leveling building site Read more >>

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Equator 2010

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

by David Pohl
The New Year brings with it some exciting developments at Equator. For starters, this is the beginning of our 15th year in business! From day one we felt we were embarking on a long journey, but for some reason, 15 years still seems like a significant milestone to us. Read more >>

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July 2009 News and Featured Coffees "Central America"

Posted on Jul 01, 2009

by David Pohl
We are in full “Central America” mode this month, with many exciting arrivals. Overall quality is on par or up from last crop, surprising us because of the lousy weather Central America experienced. Conditions were cool and we were told many regions were noticing inconsistent growth. While some of the earlier samples we received were perhaps a little off their mark, the coffee rolling into our warehouses in June showed pleasant acidity, chocolate and complexity. Read more >>

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New Central American Arrivals

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

by David Pohl
We are excited to announce the arrival of our new micro-lot and top-grade Central American coffees!  They will be rolling into our warehouse, fresh from the ship, over the next few weeks.   Read more >>

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