Equator Travel Blog

Let’s Talk Relationships – A World of Coffee within Panama

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

by Ted Stachura

Every year for the past dozen years, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers has hosted a unique event called Let’s Talk Coffee. This year the event was held in early October, at a resort just outside of Panama City, Panama. The purpose of the event is to bring the entire supply chain under one roof to discuss a wide range of topics related to coffee including agronomy, economics and sensory evaluation. The presentations and workshops are intended to educate and sometimes serve to challenge popular thinking. I participated in a panel discussion on the subject of Geisha variety coffee, quite appropriate since Panama is credited with the rediscovery of this heirloom variety. I also delivered a presentation on implications of the Robusta species in the specialty coffee market from the roasters perspective.  Read more >>

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“Hot, You’re Not”: A Look Inside This Year’s Roasters Guild Retreat Competition Through the Eyes of a Roaster

Posted on Aug 19, 2014

by Nate Breckenridge

This year’s Roasters Guild Retreat returned to the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington. Located in a secluded area of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, it is the perfect place to immerse yourself and get lost in the world of coffee. Due in part to this annual event and events like it, the coffee industry has created a platform for ideas to be formulated and discussed and shared. Attendees can promote the point of view of the company they represent and show off their skills by participating in friendly competitions.  Read more >>

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Sourcing Coffee in Central America – Part II, Nicaragua

Posted on Jun 10, 2014

by Ted Stachura

Earlier this year I traveled to Central America to visit our coffee producer partners in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I wrote about the first leg of the journey in a previous blog post, which you can read here. Finally, the coffees I tasted in Nicaragua back in March have landed and we have just started roasting them. Read more >>

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The Tiger Trust

Posted on May 12, 2014

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We're Off to Seattle!

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

by Molly Gore

Every year, for a few days, members of the coffee industry convene for the most frenetic, inspiring weekend of the year: The SCAA Exposition. The Event draws together producers, baristas, roasters, buyers, journalists, and folks from every arm of the industry—perhaps the broadest cross section of the supply chain you're ever likely to find in one room. This year, we'll be sending our largest delegation yet, and we're all up to some exciting things. Here's a peek.  Read more >>

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Sourcing Coffee in Central America – Part I, Costa Rica

Posted on Mar 10, 2014

by Ted Stachura

In February, the Central American coffee producing countries of Costa Rica and Nicaragua were on the itinerary. Traveling to this region in the early part of the year is ideal -- the harvest is underway, the mills are in full swing and samples are starting to become available for evaluation. It had been a couple of years since I last visited Costa Rica and I was especially looking forward to making contact with some of the growers whose coffee we have been roasting and enjoying at Equator since then. In addition to meeting with farmers we have been working with, travel to origin inevitably leads to introductions to new producers, many of whom are doing outstanding work with their coffee. Read more >>

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Review of 2013 Coffees and Outlook for 2014

Posted on Jan 22, 2014

by Ted Stachura

January is a good time to review coffees from the previous year and regroup in anticipation of the new crop arrivals that have already started coming in. As most coffee drinkers know, coffee is a seasonal crop with distinct periods of time in each growing region for harvesting, processing and shipping. From a coffee enthusiast’s perspective, it is sad when a favorite coffee runs its seasonal course but, exciting knowing that a new vintage is just a few months away. Read more >>

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El Salvador and Beyond

Posted on Dec 09, 2013

by Ted Stachura

In early November I had the pleasure of attending a conference in El Salvador called Let’s Talk Coffee. The purpose of this annual conference is to bring coffee roasters and producers together to build relationships and discuss issues related to the coffee supply chain. It is also an opportunity to celebrate achievements taking place in coffee producing countries. This visit I was able to meet with well established partners like the team from Granja La Esperanza, the Colombian coffee producers who grew the Geisha variety coffee that we won the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2013 Roaster’s Choice award with. We reviewed the successes of the past year and looked forward to new coffee offerings we have planned for the New Year.

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Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Posted on Nov 22, 2013

by Caitlin McCarthy-Garcia

My visit to Ethiopia last month brought me closer to the world of Ethiopian coffee, closer to the producers of our Ardi coffee, and gave me insight into their culture. I learned how Ethiopian coffee and culture are inseparable and woven into the daily routine. My favorite memory was taking part in coffee ceremonies that were held in people’s homes every day, sometimes up to three times a day. This wasn’t just a casual coffee break, but an opportunity to spend a couple hours with your family or the community in your village to discuss the harvest, local politics and gossip. Read more >>

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