Deciphering the Coffee Bag

If you want to make sure you are buying high-quality coffee, it’s important to understand the parts of the label and why they are important. While the prettiest and best-designed bag is bound to grab your attention first, make sure to check the other information listed on the label as well. Generally speaking, the more … Read more

Morning Person

Thoughts on being a morning person… The other day, I told someone I was a “morning person” and definitely not a “night owl”. As I said these words, I felt that uncomfortable sensation in the gut when telling a lie (when you are bad liar like me, that is). In my head, one either functions … Read more

What is Peaberry Coffee?

In this quick article, I will attempt to explain exactly what peaberry coffee is and why some people value it at significantly higher prices than other coffee? During my time visiting coffee farmers in Minas Gerais, Brazil, I came across several examples of peaberries (commonly referred to as “moka” here). I wanted to know why … Read more

Update | September 21st, 2019

I am currently in Brazil studying everything specialty coffee. (Follow the journey here!) I’m immersing myself in workshops and courses (like this roasting course in São Paulo), and I’m also exploring the coffee rich regions of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo by personally visiting coffee farms and meeting with people in the industry. On October … Read more

Five Days with Q-Grader Rafael Marques

On October 6th, I took a bus from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, to Venda Nova do Imigrante, Espírito Santo, to spend five days with Rafael Marques. Rafael, or Rafa, is a certified Q-Grader and co-owner of a beautiful piece of property called Café Arq. He shares it with his friend Emilio, an architect, so the … Read more

Part 2: Visiting Origin | Minas Gerais & Espírito Santo

Find Part 1 of this story here. After my time with Sítio Vargem Grande, I packed the rental car and headed down the mountains of Alto Jequitibá to the nearby village of Alto Caparaó in the state of Minas Gerais. This would be my base for visiting three more specialty coffee farms focused on sustainability. … Read more

Part 1: Visiting Origin | Sítio Vargem Grande

During the last week of September 2019, I spent my days living with and shadowing the work of a family of specialty coffee producers at Sítio Vargem Grande in Minas Gerais. Tida, Alípio, and their son Renato welcomed me – a complete stranger – into their home for five days to learn about where coffee … Read more

What is Specialty Coffee?

Specialty coffee. What makes it special? Is this just a new way to refer to coffee to make customers pay more? Coffee is just coffee after all, right? I disagree. Specialty coffee is so much more, and I hope to show you why with this article. Put simply, specialty coffee is high-quality coffee. Starting with … Read more

Update | September 1st, 2019

Over the past 4-5 months, I have been traveling around Italy, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and France. I helped build a cabin in the Alps, kitesurfed along the island of Sardinia and the Moroccan coast, attended a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat in Spain, tried to sail to Greece, and explored Lisbon, Porto, and Toulouse with a beautiful friend … Read more

Coffee Farm Visit in Capitólio

I was recently talking with a new friend I met in Brazil about my desire to study coffee. A few weeks prior, he had met a Brazilian by the name of Henrique Soares living in the small city of Capitólio, Minas Gerais, whose family has several coffee farms in the area dating back to the … Read more