It was about 6 weeks ago I guess, that I was having a conversation with David Griswold, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers. We were talking about coffee of course and he mentioned Let’s Talk Coffee. It’s a program his company puts on every year to introduce coffee buyers and coffee producers. This year it’s being held in Costa Rica, and thats where I leaving for this morning.

To be honest about it, decisions facing small coffeehouse owners in this day and age are not easy. Do you buy Fair Trade Coffee, Organic Coffee, Farm Direct Coffee and is the coffee shade grown? It can get really confusing for the coffeeshop manager who is trying to manage the staff as closely as the food budget.

With that said, I take my responsibility to educate myself and our customers about the qualities of our coffee and the producers who grow it. So I’m heading to Costa Rica or the weekend. I’ll be meeting with growers from throughout Central America who will be gathering to share stories and cup coffees with David and myself. I’ll blog about my trip as time allows. I will say, as I sit here in the airport at 5:30am…I’m eager to arrive in San Jose and begin learning about the producers who supply Sustainable Harvest with the coffees they offer, and I look forward to working more closely with Sustainable Harvest as a company.

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Jeff –
PTs Coffee Roasting Co.