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#OrigenCA2015, Part 5 - Loma La Gloria

This is Part 5 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015. For Parts 123 or 4.

You haven’t called me in four years,” the tone was emphatic but playful, and I swear it’s only been three years, not four. But arguing a point with a Latin woman is always ill-advised.

Anny Ruth Pimentel observes the bags of pergamino (parchment) coffee stacked to the rafters in the bodega of Beneficio Loma La Gloria.

I first met Anny Ruth Pimentel in 2011 when she was training to be a...

#OrigenCA2015, Part 4 - Malacara B and El Borbollon

This is Part 4 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015. For Parts 1, 2 or 3.

A worker picks out defects from African-style drying beds at Beneficio El Borbollon.

After a night of grilled meats, beverages, cigars and bonfires, the thought for Valentine’s morning was a leisurely cupping followed by breakfast and then a trip to visit Finca Malacara B - that is, until Roberto “Chele” Dumont showed up at our door at 7:30am.

Rodrigo Dumont details an example of the Agobio Parra style of...

#OrigenCA2015, Part 2 - Finca Talnamica

This is Part 2 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015.

Three year old Oscar Jesus welcomes us to Finca Talnamica while the workers sort their harvested coffee cherries.

The journey from Nicaragua to El Salvador was a relatively easy one, except for waking up for the first flight out after having spent the evening eating and imbibing at one of my favorite restaurants in Managua: Taska Kiko.

 I’m on the road with Jeff Babcock (owner of Zoka Coffee, Seattle), Celeste Clark (Zoka’s head roaster), Jack Kelly (owner of Ladro...

#OrigenCA2015 - Nicaragua

Bienvenidos a Finca La Aurora in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Familia Ferrufino and Finca La Aurora

This month I’m off to Central America to seek out coffees for the coming year. First stop: Nicaragua where I spend a few days with the Ferrufino family visiting their Finca La Aurora in Matagalpa.

 Red Bourbon coffee cherries ripe and ready for harvest at La Aurora.

I first visited La Aurora last March during a trip to Matagalpa and found a farm teeming with activity and a renewed sense of excitement. Doctor Enrique Ferrufino has owned La Aurora since 2005 and has been...

Something Salty, Something Sweet

Just received this photo from one of our good friends, R. Miguel Meza of Rusty's Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee in Hawai'i. What you're looking at is a special prep coffee exclusively for Spro. Arabica Typica beans that are being naturally sun-dried and rubbed in Hawaiian Sea Salt. Over the next few weeks, our coffee will be processed with salt at various stages to enhance the flavors of the coffee.

They've done some testing of this process previously at Rusty's but this will be the first true production run of Salt Processing and we're going to see how it...