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  1. Origin Story- Ethiopia

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    Sam, our Director of Coffee, recently made his way to southern Ethiopia to explore the Gedeo coffee-growing region. This process wasn’t easy—four days air time, five days on the ground, and approximately 30 driving hours—but it was worth it. Along his way, Sam was able to check out a few new farms, strengthen existing relationships, and experience the birthplace of coffee.

    Anytime you travel you have to expect some sort of jet lag, but what Sam didn’t realize is that not only was he 8 hours ahead of his normal time zone but he had, in fact, traveled back in time to March of 2010! An interesting thing about Ethiopia is that, while we in the US use the Gregorian calendar, they use the Coptic calendar which is about 7 to 8 years behind ours.

    After wrapping his... continue reading →

  2. New Coffee Offerings

    Sam Mirto, our Director of Coffee has been traveling and meeting with various coffee producers to plan some really great offerings for the coming year. You may recognize some names from last year alongside a few that are brand new. However, with the new crop, even the coffees we know and love may have changed in tasting notes, tiers, scoring, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for these offerings and our new packaging coming soon!

    COSTA RICAAll available now in-store and online Montañas del DiamanteTier 1This coffee comes from a single farm called Gamboa which lies in the Dota Valley micro-region of Tarrazú. A white honey process combined with solar drying technology is used to produce a coffee that has a honey-nut sweetness and grape-like acidity. Sam selected this coffee for our tier 1 Costa Rica offering and it has... continue reading →

  3. New Coffee - Kenya Kiangoi Peaberry

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    We’re really excited to share a glimpse of the behind the scenes for how we’ve been creating the new coffee identities you’ve seen floating around! Storytelling helps to connect so many aspects of what we do here at Ferris. It’s really driven by our people and the experiences behind the scenes. For example, as Sam Mirto travels to search for some of the world’s best coffee offerings, his stories help to influence the way we approach the coffee he brings home. From the nuances of the processing methods, to the unique characteristics of the region itself, Sam’s stories guide the way we present our coffees to you!

    In line with telling stories, we’re really excited to introduce our new Kenya Kiangoi Peaberry to you all. Below, Sam explains a little... continue reading →

  4. Origin Trip - California

    IMG_1593.JPGAt the end of February, myself and two other members of the Ferris team went on a trip to California to touch base with our almond and walnut suppliers. Our mission was to become better acquainted with the growing and processing methods of both of these tree nuts. In just two days we toured three almond processing facilities, two walnut shelling/processing facilities, an almond orchard and a walnut orchard. It was a busy two days!

    When we arrived in California, the last of the almonds were blooming. We watched the petal fall as we listened to the loud buzzing bees, brought in for the bloom to ensure successful cross-pollination. Their hives were evenly spaced between trees. After maturing, harvesting, drying, hulling and shelling, the raw whole almond kernels travel to a facility where they go through numerous... continue reading →

  5. Origin Trip - Costa Rica

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    Responsibility in coffee sourcing is so much more than an industry trend. It’s something we owe to our customers, our producers, and to ourselves. We all deserve to know that the coffee we drink has been well cared for in every step of the process.

    Our goal with any origin trip is to deepen our relationships with our producers. As we get to know our coffee farms, the workers, and the people behind the coffee we purchase, we are able to see just how many hands go into making our coffee, well before it hits our cups.

    It’s always an honor and a privilege to work with our producers. Our trip to Costa Rica was a great opportunity to search for new coffees to bring to Ferris. This trip also came with the added benefit... continue reading →