2008

Volume 36: Sense of place

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I'm just a coffee trader, right? Once upon a time I was tasting coffee and buying it by the ton. We exported 8,000 tons of raw coffee beans from Costa Rica to roasters all over the world and had 100 employees who mostly hauled bags. How did we get from there to here? We realized that less is more…and we discovered our sense of place. Read more...


Volume 35: Doing business in a new world

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When the Wall Street investment banks crashed, the world changed, but fine coffee and chocolate is still our passion. Our major countries of operation, Costa Rica, Perú and Chile, are somewhat insulated from the latest episodes of the crisis. The impact of high oil prices already had us hunkered down here. Read more...


Volume 34: The art of the cup

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People always wonder how they should make coffee. You know all those myths about how to make the perfect cup; how much to use. Excuse me if some of you think this is really elementary, but a lot of these questions come up all the time. Read more...


Volume 33: Crocodiles, palm trees… and chocolate-covered oranges?

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Miami is called the crossroads of the Americas. It’s also known as the capital of Latin America. And for good reason! This city is vibrant, multicultural and tumultuous. Read more...


Volume 32: Certifiable

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People today want assurances. They want to know that the companies they do business with protect the environment and pay their suppliers fairly. That’s why certification programs like Fair Trade and The Rainforest Alliance have become household words in our business – brand names. Read more...


Volume 31: More than just the first

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My father was from the town of Kovno in Lithuania. He told me about a tailor shop he knew as a young man there called “Misha’s – The Best Tailor in Kovno.” One of Misha’s employees decided to set up his own shop. Read more...