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The owner of Finca Miramundo, Javier Fernandez, purchased his farm 3 years ago. At the time the farm was in poor shape so Javier looked to his close friend Luis Pedro Zelaya to provide advice on how to recover the land. Together they made many improvements, and strive to increase the quality of production. Together Javier, & manager Oscar Ortiz, farm an area of 315 hectares, with 28 hectares dedicated to coffee production. With the assistance of Luis the team rigoursly controls tissue management through pruning and suckering, soil and foliar anaylsis, pest and disease control and shade management. Javier and his workers harvest the cherries from their plot and deliver them to a neighbouring farm, Santa Ana, for wet-milling (where the skin and the pulp of the fruit is removed to prior to drying). Once in parchment (the protective skin of the seed), the green coffee is delivered to Bella Vista in Antigua for dry milling (removing the parchment), warehousing and export.

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Oporapa - all new coffee from Colombia

From the Huila Department in Southern Colombia, comes an intriguing new coffee,Oporapa de Huila. This is a combined lot from two farmers - Jhon Freddy Chavarro and Jorge Henario Claros, both growing Caturra at altitudes of around 1,600 meters above sea level. This coffee is pretty different than many of our coffees recently. It has [...]

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Our Approach to Espresso

At Transcend, we really love espresso. I hope that's clear if you've read this blog for a while, or if you've ever had the chance to visit one of our cafes. From our rigorous barista training program, to constant quality control checks and evaluation of roast profiles, we put a ton of work into making [...]

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Now Hiring Roastery Assistant

We are looking for a detail oriented, enthusiastic individual to assist our roastery team- 30-40 hours /week Monday to Thursday (occasionally Friday), predominately assisting with production by bagging coffee. As a roastery assistant you will also be able to learn about the art of coffee roasting and participate in weekly tasting exercise. Please note this [...]

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Photo Tour of Santa Lucia Coffee Farm

This past spring, Josh visited Ricardo Perez Barrantes' Santa Lucia farm in Costa Rica. Here are some of his best pics with captions so you can get a good sense of what the farm and the operation is like at Santa Lucia. Enjoy! Workers harvesting coffee cherries at Santa Lucia. Josh helping at harvest time. Beautifully harvested ripe coffee [...]

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Reflections on my visit to the La Joya and Genesis farms

La JoyaWe've been buying coffee from Edwin Alvarado's La Joya mill for four years now. Every time we visit, we're impressed by how organized and clean his small mill is. We believe that dedication shows in the consistent sweetness and clarity in the cup.No coffee was being milled during my visit this year, so we got a [...]

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Advanced Technivorm Moccamaster Brewing Techniques

This is a re-post of a previous popular article.Transcend Coffee founder Poul Mark shares advanced tips and tricks on how to brew the very best cup of coffee possible on perhaps the best home drip coffee brewer on the market, the Technivorm Moccamaster.The video gives you a complete walk-though of the advanced brew method for [...]

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Fresh Crop Santa Petrona Pacas

Federico Pacas at his family's mill in El Savador.We talk a lot about our coffees. We are excited about the amazing flavours and aromatics, the care and attention that went into growing, harvesting and processing, the nuances of roast profiles — all the things that make a coffee great. But you know what? Sometimes it's [...]

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A Great Primer on Fairtrade Coffee

We at Transcend have been saying for a long time that Fairtrade is simply not fair enough. Or put another way, there are better ways to combat poverty levels within coffee producing countries. This short video clearly articulates one of the major flaws in the fairtrade model and offers an alternative solution, which we heartily [...]

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Reconnecting with Partner Producers

Ricardo Perez and his daughter Mariana at the Helsar de Zarcero micro mill. This past March, I went to Central America to visit our producing partners in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Transcend has been buying coffee from these countries for the last six years and we go every year to view the farms, [...]

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