On one hand, this story is about women empowering women despite a gap of culture and 4,000+ miles. On the other hand, this story embodies the power of relationships going beyond mutual interests and how a gas-powered coffee pulper increased output by 10x.
Blas Alfaro, Partner, is a 5th generation coffee farmer, from a farm circa 1892, in the central valley growing region of Costa Rica, provides our point of view of how to create relationships and make a difference in the world. We trace our coffee not only because we care, but it’s the foundation for our sustainability program.
Hybrid Coffees are way more sustainable, over 40% more productive (yield), resistant to disease, and can withstand the inevitable weather variations coming with climate change. But changing behavior takes time. By removing obstacles such as a the perception tried and true varietals are always better, we can see a d
Yes, we categorize our roasts according the standard light, medium, or dark. Do you know how many degrees of difference exist within a level, especially medium? These categories are not as arbitrary as it may feel. A coffee or blend has a lot of say in the matter. An interesting lesson.
For us, the most personal is inviting others into our home. We first did that in 2016, when the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) hosted its worldwide convention in Seattle. Several hundred attended, getting to know each other, dancing and telling stories well into the night. The ICafe returned it many times over, exchanging leading practices, exploring sustainability and working on new coffees.