Day 3, Tuesday, July 29
It was cold last night. Didn’t sleep very well, especially with the packs of barking dogs outside. Woke up this morning at 8am, took a shower, and lost power halfway through. That’s the way to wake up: ice cold shower… After a breakfast of bread, cheese, ham and eggs, we’re moving to visit Sergio at Serra Do Bone, and the owner of the Hotels farm.
Last week, Temple’s Director of Coffee Eton Tsuno traveled to Brazil to source this year’s Farm to Cup Brazilian coffees. We had him track his experience with live journal entries each day.
Temple Coffee recently teamed with City Scout, a new lifestyle guide for all things hip in Sacramento. Last week, we unveiled The Coffee Story, a five-part blog series that traces key figures and positions that contribute to bringing you your daily cup of coffee. You can view the culminating video counterpart above, and visit thecityscouts.com to view The Coffee Story blog series.
Temple Coffee recently took its staff on a four day camping retreat in beautiful Ice House, California. We had a blast kayaking, fishing, swimming, cooking, making camp fires, telling stories, and getting to know everyone a little bit better. You can view pictures of our adventure on our Facebook page.
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.
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
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