What is Local?

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By Eton Tsuno, Green Coffee Buyer at Temple Coffee  
What is the definition of “Local” and how is it applicable to your local coffee roaster? The definition of locally produced seems to span anywhere from a 50 to 100 mile radius, and often much further. There are no rules or regulations for labeling products “local.” Does the product need to be produced locally? Grown locally? Manufactured locally? Exactly what is this thing we call Local?

 

Recently at a “local” vendor dinner, I was served dishes produced using “local” ingredients, and each producer/supplier talked about where the food you were eating was from, and how it was special. I was thrown aback when the “local” shellfish purveyor was providing the dinner with clams from the east coast, and mussels from Newfoundland. Obviously, he is a local distributor of these amazing shellfish. However, after hearing where the actual product was from, I began envisioning a warehouse with live tanks where shellfish is shipped and stored until sold, then trucked out when ordered. Does this make these shellfish local? Not exactly. His business? Yes.
 

It got me thinking about our own position as a Green Coffee Buyer and Roaster in the Specialty Coffee industry, and how “Local” or “Locality” is viewed within our industry and to casual observers. We purchase coffee from all over the world: Is our coffee local?  Kind of. We are roasting and creating a finished product here in Sacramento. For me, I can say that if you are in Sacramento, Temple Coffee is your local roaster/retailer. 
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Water for a Cause: IWCA x Temple Coffee

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The International Women’s Coffee Alliance is a non-profit organization working to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives. It also works to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. More than 500 MILLION PEOPLE are dependent on coffee FOR THEIR LIVELIHOODS, and of that number, 25 million are coffee farmers who typically live and work in substandard conditions and receive only a small percentage of the actual price that the coffee is sold to the consumer. Women, who represent a good majority of coffee farmers, face additional challenges. 

 

Traveling to origin multiple times a year, Temple has witnessed the challenges faced by women, but also the opportunity the coffee industry can bring in improving the lives of women worldwide. Our relationship with the mother-daughter farm El Diamante in Guatemala owned by Patricia “Patty” Diaz gives us first-hand experience on the impact coffee can have. Their cultivation of amazing coffee, which they tend to themselves daily, has made them well-regarded, confident figures in their community.

 

With our longtime relationships with coffee professionals Grace Mena (director of IWCA) and Mery Santos (VP of IWCA), it seemed a natural fit to somehow partner with the IWCA. The new Temple water bottles are made of 100% recycled PET plastic and all proceeds from sales will be donated to the IWCA. We’re happy to give back to an organization so dedicated to improving lives worldwide.

New Farm to Cup House Blend Contest Winner

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Temple’s definition of success is synonymous with sustainability. To us, sustainability is not a buzz word, it’s a way of life. The architecture of sustainability rests on three pillars: social, fiscal, and environmental. In order to ensure the highest quality cup, and build truly sustainable sourcing, we make partners and friends throughout the supply chain and control quality in every step of coffee travel, set payment in a transparent way, reach out to communities around the world, and ensure a high standard of farming practices.

 

Our new Farm to Cup house blend is comprised of three direct trade coffees: Brazil Araponga, Costa Rica Sonora Estate Honey Catuai, and Guatemala Hunapu. We crafted this blend to please the coffee lover in us all. It’s crisp, clean, floral flavors make it accessible to both connoisseur and grandmother.

 

So, three direct trade coffees and three integral elements of sustainability? May we present to you our new Farm to Cup house blend name: THREE PILLARS.

 

Congratulations to Joaquin Garcia for this thoughtful submission via Instagram. And thank you to everyone else who submitted. We had some really great ideas come our way, and we thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. Keep being awesome, Sacramento.

UPDATE: ONLINE SCAVENGER OVER!

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Thank you everyone who participated in our Online Scavenger Hunt! We’ve got a 10 winners, who we’ll post soon.

Below are the answers to the questions. Any submissions after 11:45AM will not be accepted for prizes.

  1. With what coffee did Temple win CoffeeReview.com’s #1 Coffee of 2013 and what did it score? Ethiopia ECX, 96pts
  2. What is Temple’s standard coffee to water ratio? 2g coffee to every 1oz water
  3. What are Temple’s three pillars of sustainability? Fiscal, Social, Environmental
  4. In what video does Darth Vader make an appearance? How to Brew Pour Over Coffee
  5. How many of our farmers produce Geisha? 7
  6. What is Keller’s favorite Slurpee combination? Coke and Cherry
  7. Temple recommends using the Aeropress a little differently than suggested by its manufactures. What is the name for this way to brew coffee in an Aeropress? Inverted Aeropress
  8. Which current coffee offering took six months of planning and the sampling of 100 lots to create? Temple Select Brazil Araponga
  9. When will Specialty Coffee Week Sacramento take place? What is the official website URL? October 13-19, 2014; specialtycoffeeweek.com.
  10. What is the brand and model name of our roaster? German Probat UG-15

 

Online Scavenger Hunt June 28th

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Scavenger Hunt Alert!

 

On Saturday, June 28th at 10am, we will be posting 10 questions, the answers to which are found somewhere on our website. The first 10 people to answer all 10 questions will win prizes! Top 3 get a Temple prize pack, which includes a Temple Hat, Mug, Gift Card, and a bag of beans. Remaining winners will receive a Temple gift card and a bag of our Brazil Araponga Select.

 

Give yourself an edge and familiarize yourself with our site now!

Name Our New Farm to Cup House Blend

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Sacramento, we need your help!

 

We’ve got a new house blend rolling out July 1st, comprised of all Farm-to-Cup direct coffees. We need a name not so…house-blendy. Something locally-inspired or farm-to-cup related. If we pick your name, along with seeing your contribution on every bag of our new blend, you’ll receive a custom-printed bag of coffee with your name on it as well as a Temple Coffee hat and gift card!

 

Deadline is June 30th. Submit your idea with a comment below, tweet us @templecoffee, or e-mail info@templecoffee.com.

Specialty Coffee Week

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We’re pleased to announce Specialty Coffee Week Sacramento, a week long showcase of the incredible dedication to quality, ethics, and innovation that defines our local specialty coffee community. Coffee Week is a curated series of events geared towards education, tasting, and the celebration of coffee from farm to cup. Events will be held at individual cafés, coffee roasters, restaurants, and businesses throughout the greater Sacramento area.

For more information, visit the Coffee Week official website site at specialtycoffeeweek.com.

Temple Lifestyle: Weekend Warriors

 

Weekend Warriors is a place where we showcase what our amazing coffee professionals do with their days off. This episode features Keller Johnson, our production worker and delivery driver. He’s also an amazing skateboarder and loves slurpees. We put a camera on him this weekend and he didn’t disappoint. Photos after the jump.

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Brew Guide: Pour Over

How to Brew Pour Over Coffee | Temple Coffee from Temple Coffee on Vimeo.

Brew Guide: Aeropress

How to Brew Coffee in an Aeropress | Temple Coffee from Temple Coffee on Vimeo.

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