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Portfolio | Issue No. 3 | Heritage

Visionary innovation for more than 70 years! BODUM®’s history dates back to 1944, when Peter Bodum launched the company in Copenhagen, Denmark. Renowned for its iconic French Press coffeemaker and signature Scandinavian design aesthetic, BODUM® has grown into a global housewares brand, with distribution in more than 55 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, the company continues …

Risk, Responsibility, and Potatoes? A Rwandan Coffee Story

There’s a lot more specialty coffee coming out of Rwanda these days, and there’s a lot to love about Rwandan coffee. 25% of Rwanda’s agricultural exports consist of coffee, and in recent years, the country has made substantial investments in specialty coffee infrastructure. As a result, numerous 90+ coffees are now coming out of the …

Serving Those Who Grow Coffee: A Barista’s Perspective

by Richard Sandlin, Fair Trade USA – Coffee For most of us living in the global North, working in coffee is a choice. Regardless of your association to Specialty Coffee–barista, roaster, importer, etc…–you’ve made the decision to pursue a career in coffee. We can switch companies, and still be in the coffee industry. For coffee …

From Seed to Shelf: Ethical Consumerism from the Ground Up in Guatemala

by Lindsey Berk, Operation Groundswell   “Eating is an agricultural act.” —Wendell Berry, American novelist, activist, cultural critic, and farmer We seem to have forgotten that. At least, I had forgotten that until I left my corporate job and my NYC apartment in 2011 to begin a three-year journey around Latin America and Australia.  Working …

The Green Coffee Buyer: A Key Link in the Coffee Supply Chain

by Andi C. Trindle Mersch, Philz Coffee Green coffee buyers essentially operate right in the middle of it all: we serve as intermediaries for the coffee bean, standing between growers and final consumers. Despite the bad rap “middlemen” have received in the coffee trade over the years, speaking from the middle as a green coffee buyer myself—I …

Expanding the Role of the Exporter in the Direct Trade Model

by Francisco A. Mena, Exclusive Coffees S.A. Many of the other participants in this issue are green buyers who work for roasters or importing companies. In this feature, we shine a spotlight on the role of an exporter, which is someone who consolidates crops from producers for processing and sale to out-of-country businesses. Francisco Mena, standard-bearer …

A Novice Green Buyer’s Search for Meaning

by Jessica Cole, Elysian Coffee Roasters There are a few things about green buying that aren’t what I expected. I thought green buyers trotted over volcanic terrain shouldering sacks of coffee, heroically hopping around like nimble-footed mountain goats. I thought being more connected to purchasing would shed some light on coffee’s more existential questions: what …