What We've Been Up To

2009 Rainforest Alliance Cupping & the SCAA
Allen recently got back from New York for the 2009 Rainforest Alliance Cupping. The countries represented this year were pre-screened and the selection was narrowed down to 90 coffees that were sent to New York and Longbeach, CA for judging.

The New York cupping was held at the New York Board of Trade (NYBOT) grading room.

Linda Smithers from Daterra started this program years ago to promote quality at the place of origin. Coffees are scored and feedback is given to the producers. The top producers are given awards at a Rainforest presentation at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA).

In addition, Andrew Hetzel and I taught the intro to espresso class at the SCAA this year. Andrew is a consultant from Hawaii with whom I frequently teach –including at the National Association Specialty Food Trade show last year.

Speaking of the SCAA, our espresso was featured in the World Barista Championship “café” outside the conference hall as part of the Daterra sponsorship.

On the Road
Steve’s recently been the road to Chicago, Milwaukee and Sturgeon Bay following up on leads from our trip to Coffeefest in Chicago this February. He’s reporting lots of praise for our coffee including our favorite, “I usually put cream and sugar in my coffee, but I don’t need it with yours.”