Author Archives: Jerry Kennedy

SPLAT: Round 1

SPLAT, or Sacramento’s Public Latte Art Tournament, kicked off last night at Chocolate Fish Coffee on Folsom Blvd. A total of 44 contestants competed, representing an eclectic collection of Sacramento, Bay Area, and the foothill coffee houses.
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UC Davis Coffee Research Conference

Mark this date: Tuesday, March 12th, 2014. It may well be the beginning of the biggest coffee revolution in recent history.

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Annual Staff Party @ Dave & Busters

On January 29th, Temple closed its retail locations a little early and piled into a party bus to Dave & Busters.

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Temple Coffee Q and A with Diego Guardia of Hacienda Sonora, Costa Rica


Briefly, please explain your family history, your involvement in coffee, and your involvement in your local community?

The farm has been in the family for over a hundred years. My dad and I work together in order to satisfy the countless details that come with producing quality coffee, from the seeds to the primmest green coffee ready to be exported. The farm itself is a small local community, where the workers enjoy competitive wages, free housing, and health care. We generate all the energy used in the farm with a small but very efficient water turbine, so the workers and their families also don’t have to worry about paying for electricity.

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Gerald Mbabazi – Producer Q and A

Briefly, please explain your family history, your involvement in coffee, and your involvement in your local community?

My name is Gerald Mbabazi, I am born and raised in Kanungu district, south western,Uganda. My parents have always been active members in our community. They strongly believe in Education, access to healthcare, clean water and financial capability.Continue Reading

Roya (coffee leaf rust) report – El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, and Guatemala

These days, big news for us coffee buyers, importers, exporters and producers is the Roya (coffee leaf rust) fungus outbreak in Central America. Experts are predicting a 15% decrease in total production from all of Central America coffee in 2013, and as much as a 40%+ decrease in years to come.

 

Roya Damage

 

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A trip to Sustainable Market Services (SMS), Thika, and traceability in Kenya? Say what?

More cupping, a trip to Sustainable Market Services (SMS), Thika, and traceability in Kenya? Say what?

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A Day in the Office – Nairobi, Kenya

Today is a day of cupping in the office of my Kenyan coffee exporter. They are currently in the peak of selecting auction lot coffees to purchase. Now, to most of us in the states, this sounds like it would be great, however all is not what it may appear to be.Continue Reading

Ramblings from over the Atlantic Ocean. Post 1, Kenya and Uganda 2013

For the past 6 months, I have been planning and organizing a truly sustainable, traceable way to purchase coffee from East Africa, mainly Kenya and Ethiopia. Many people have told me that is impossible, and that maybe true, but I believe that I made leeway, and developed a great relationship to help “crack the co-op”. Continue Reading

Temple Direct 2013

What make Temple Coffee sourcing different? Well, for one we are initiating a few new, ground-breaking, coffee industry firsts, sourcing projects or as I like to call them, “Missions” for 2013. Here’s a short tidbit about our Brazil project that has been in the works since July, 2012. We are now just starting to taste the fruits of our planning…

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