Processing Explained – Washed, Natural, Honey

It is a very exciting time for specialty coffee.  As technology advances and new techniques and ideas are made available to everyone instantaneously, we are seeing huge change in our not-so niche area of the market.  Now, like ever before, we are seeing producers diversify their crops; new varietals are being developed and planted, different

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Origin Trip – Colombia

My first night in Colombia was a blur.  After about 40 hours of traveling, hopping on and off flights and killing time in airports I’d finally set down in Armenia, Quindío.  It was 8pm when we arrived at La Pradera, a coffee farm owned and operated by our hosts Cofinet.  It wasn’t until very early

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Gabi Hits Brazil

I have lots of exciting stories to share about my trip to Brazil.  My knowledge of coffee has improved significantly in such a short space of time, mainly through visiting a hugely diverse range of farms and mills.  From the smallest growers, to the technological giants; I was privileged and humbled to see them in

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Careers in Coffee

So you’re really into coffee? You love the smell, the taste, the community, the perfect balance of art, science and magic that goes into brewing each and every cup? Coffee is your true passion and you want to turn it into your career but unfortunately there are just a few obstacles like bills that need

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Melbourne International Coffee Expo 2015

The Melbourne International Coffee Expo (or MICE) is to coffee professionals and hipsters what Mecca is to Muslims; a holy pilgrimage to a city renowned the world over for its art, culture and of course coffee.  Melbourne is truly the perfect setting for an event such as MICE. Down every graffiti encrusted alleyway you are

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Cold Brew Coffee!

Normally when we think of cold coffee we have two things in mind; that half-finished mug of coffee that was set down half an hour ago and forgotten about or, of course, iced coffee (often with ice-cream and milk). Well now there is an alternative to beat the summer heat that tastes amazing and doesn’t

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Wahana Estate 2014

As part of our recent coffee discovery trip to Sumatra, the Dimattina Coffee crew were very fortunate to be able to spend a few days at Wahana Estate – which is located in the village of Lae Mungkur, Sidikalang North Sumatra. The drive to the estate from Medan (the capital of North Sumatra) is about

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La Jacoba – The Revolutionary Coffee of Colombia

Talking coffee with Mauricio Velasquez is a bit like talking politics with Che Guevara; his passion for the organisation he represents is radical and unparalleled. Mauricio is, in many ways, a revolutionary of the coffee trade. A Colombian national, he has seen his fair share of instability and inequity. No doubt this has been one

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La Jacoba

The Revolutionary Coffee of Colombia Talking coffee with Mauricio Velasquez is a bit like talking politics with Che Guevara; his passion for the organisation he represents is radical and unparalleled. Mauricio is, in many ways, a revolutionary of the coffee trade. A Colombian national, he has seen his fair share of instability and inequity. No

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Nicaragua: A Rich Poor Country

After four separate flights and several sleepless nights, the dim glow of Managua on the horizon was the most inviting sight Joe and I had ever seen. We arrived late at night and the heat of the day was still lingering in the night air… Nicaragua, for those who don’t know, is a steamy country

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