What does a green coffee buyer do – part 5: shippingJune 6, 2019
Someone once told me, you have to babysit your coffee. Follow it everywhere it goes and make sure that it has what it needs to get out the door, so that is my main goal in this part of the season. Of course, every other buyer is doing the same, so Ethiopia is absolutely buzzing with anxious coffee professionals trying to be at the front of the line at each point in the process.
What does a green coffee buyer do, part 4: pre-contractingMay 29, 2019
There are many steps to making a purchase decision and flavour is just the beginning. The value chain has many checkpoints and several things can happen along the way. We’re dealing with a fresh moving product after all. It is crucial I understand what a sample represents, and how much of a commitment I must make to secure the lot.
What does a green coffee buyer do – part 3: first selectionsMay 22, 2019
Ethiopian coffees are renowned for needing some time to open up. One of the key skills a coffee buyer must hone is cupping fresh coffees. Buyers need to be able to taste beyond the astringency and muted flavours, to the coffee it will become.
Part 3 in a series first published on our Tropiq blog: What does a green coffee buyer do?
What does a green coffee buyer do – part 2: reportingMay 16, 2019
Reporting from origin means taking copious notes to capture both the technical details, and the emotions that run high when meeting the people who produce these coffees.
Part 2 in a series first published on our Tropiq blog: What does a green coffee buyer do?
What does a green coffee buyer do – part 1: planningMay 13, 2019
Many coffee professionals hear a coffee buyer talk about travel to exotic countries, and dream of doing the same one day. It is a fantastic job and I feel so privileged to be able to do this work, but there are many misconceptions about the life of a green coffee buyer.
Part 1 in a series first published on our Tropiq blog: What does a green coffee buyer do?
Why are Kenyan prices so varied?May 7, 2019
I have been asked several times why the prices of Kenyan coffees differ so much even though the lots might come from the same station. More specifically, I have been asked to explain why Karimikui AB #170 can be more expensive than Karimikui AA #062 seeing that AA is a higher grade and of supposedly …
Kenya 2019 update, part 2: Rungeto CooperativeMarch 25, 2019
Frederik, the manager of the Rungeto cooperative, has a unique approach. This may be due to his years of practical coffee experience managing Karimikui and Kiangoi washing stations. Firstly he views coffee as part of the broader agricultural potential of the region. He encourages coffee farmers to also raise cows, and alongside the coffee washing …
Kenya 2019 update, part 1: changing Kenyan profilesMarch 22, 2019
I once tasted a Kenyan coffee that I swear wasn’t coffee at all, it was a cup of blackcurrant juice. It is the classic Kenyan profile so many of us seek, and it is disappearing. Coffee Berry Disease When I visited Kenya last November, things looked grim for producers. They predicted they would lose 60 …