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Hacienda La Minita 2014

Posted by brett struwe

January 05, 2014 09:47 AM

Spending some quality time with six esteemed Caribou compatriots who have earned the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and spend time with our valued supplier, La Minita. This offers key people in the Caribou family the first-hand experience of walking one of the world's most prestigious coffee farms, and gaining the insight into their quality controls and operations from field to mill to cup. These types of excursions for folks such as our store managers, human resource personnel, and business services representatives is what makes Caribou a breed apart from other coffee companies that don't live and breathe this sort of coffee culture. So the next time you're in a store, feel free to ask more about our La Minita Peaberry, and there might just be a chance that the person you're talking to has been there and can share their personal experience.

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Huila, Colombia

Posted by brett struwe

December 13, 2013 14:37 PM

One of constant, yet still unexpected, privileges of traveling to a country of coffee producing origin is the sheer graciousness of the people involved in the farming of coffee. Nate Hrobak (our origin buyer for Colombia)and I are just completing a trip to the department of Huila where arguably the best coffee in the country is grown. But nevermind the fabulous opportunities we have had to cup this extraordinary coffee; the real treat is the people! Whether it be the constant offering for lunch on the farm (often featuring delightfully savory chicken, whose friends are still walking about you!), or the impromptu offer to squeeze fresh a bucket of aguapanela, these folks understand the true meaning of hospitality. More to come on Caribou's efforts in sourcing world-class Colombian coffee, but in the meantime I wouldn't hesitate to encourage an excursion to the finer places in the Colombian coutryside.

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