2007

Volume 30: To freeze or not to freeze?

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My parents in Florida have been ordering coffee from Café Britt since we began our mail-order business in 1991. That makes them our very first and still most devoted mail-order customers. As go their coffee orders and satisfaction with Café Britt, so goes my own peace of mind – or preoccupation – with the service we’re providing. Read more...


Volume 29: Multi-origin, multi-local

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Café Britt now has operations in seven countries and employs over 900 people. A corporation we are. Corporate we’re not. Read more...


Volume 28: The Wine of Costa Rica

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…You may find that title a little odd for a column about the South American nation of Chile, but Chile is something of an anomaly today, anyway. We set out late last year to create a presence for Café Britt in Chile. The project took on a life of its own. Read more...


Volume 27: The Finns and their twins

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The Finnish National Museum in Helsinki has an entire room dedicated to coffee. That would surprise just about anyone who hasn’t spent the last few decades working in the coffee business. But not those of us who know that Finland and its neighbor to the west, Sweden, are the “beating heart center” of world coffee consumption. Read more...


Volume 26: The darker the better?

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Deep, rich, robust… These are words that we’ve come to associate with a quality, gourmet coffee that is, of course, dark roasted. But did you know that a dark roast was once thought to be a sign of cheap coffee? It’s true. And how times have changed! Coffee that is dark roasted stays in the roaster until the beans’ natural oils rise to the surface. Read more...


Volume 25: Food, glorious food

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We’ve had a restaurant at our roastery headquarters here in Costa Rica for years. Our early goals were to provide well-prepared, creative Costa Rican cooking to our guests who worked up an appetite doing the CoffeeTour. But that goal has evolved as we’ve come to give people more reasons to visit. Read more...