Casa Brasil & Torchy’s Tacos Brazil Trip Last August our friends and partners at Torchy’s Tacos traveled with us to Brazil. During the visit they had the opportunity to meet with some of the growers that produce the coffee that is sold alongside their famous tacos. Direct trade coffee and tacos. […]
We were fortunate to have Torchy’s partners Mike Rypka and Jay Wald travel with us to Brazil this harvest to meet some of our growing partners. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Torchy’s from their early days, and it has been exciting to grow with them over the years. […]
For the 10+ years that I have been coming down to Brazil to source each harvest, the process has usually been similar: request samples from some of the best farms and pick out their best lots. Over the years as relationships developed, this morphed into a model of transparency and […]
A video of Dulce Borges, a visually-impaired coffee grower and roaster from outside of Sao Goncalo do Sapucai, Minas Gerais, telling us how she roasts coffee.
Brazilian Inspirations A Look at Some of the Artists that Inspire Us As we launch our new packaging (and complete our 10th year), I thought it might be worthwhile to show some of the artists that have inspired us along the way. While the first connotations of Brazil are often […]
As we launch our revamped packaging this fall, here is a look back at our brand incarnations over our 10 year history. From our cultural center house theme to our Brazilian promenade-inspired new packaging, it has always been about bringing a little bit of Brazil to you.
Last week I taught my first Q Grader Course at the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA) in Varginha, Minas Gerais. For those not familiar with it, the Q Grader Cupping Certification is the main certification for coffee tasters, or “cuppers” as we call ourselves, in the specialty coffee industry.
As many of you know, for the last year I have been pursuing a masters degree here at the Universidade Federal de Lavras, or UFLA as it is known. UFLA has become one of the top coffee research universities in the world and one of the major forces behind that […]
It’s harvest time here in Brazil; the culmination of the year’s work and the moment when growers can finally transfer this work into a product they can sell. But not matter how good the coffee is on the tree, all can be lost if the harvest is not carefully planned […]
Alessandro Hervaz is one of the founders of the Associação dos Produtores do Alta da Serra (APAS), a Fair Trade association in the hills outside of São Gonçalo do Sapucaí, Minas Gerais. Alessandro not only won the APAS competition last year with his own farm, Sítio Esperança, but traveled the […]