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Coffee Terms: What is a Q-Grader?

Coffee Terms: What is a Q-Grader?

"Q-Grading" is a term used a lot in the specialty coffee world, so what is it exactly? Today we're going to break down what it's about, how people become certified, and the significance of what it all means. Luckily for us at Ferris, we have two staff members who are certified and can explain it all for us.

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Origin Story: Burundi Cofee

Origin Story: Burundi Cofee

We're excited to have a new single-origin coffee coming into our roaster this season! When we set out to create our coffee calendar to reflect the agricultural seasons of the world, we couldn't have anticipated how much the world would change amid a pandemic. The coffee industry wasn't invincible to the troubles of COVID and across the globe, from farm to roaster, we've seen the difficulties hitting at every level. From shortages of workers to pick ripe cherries at the farm level to importing delays at ports, the effects are everywhere.  This isn't to say we're unprepared. With our deep-rooted and long-lasting relationships cultivated over the...

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Origin Story: Costa Rica La Lia

Origin Story: Costa Rica La Lia

Expect nothing less than mind-blowing with La Lia. We aren’t overselling this truly unique coffee when we say that. This cutting-edge style of coffee processing with whole cinnamon sticks has created one of the most delicious and distinctive coffees we’ve ever tried!

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Origin Story: Guatemala

Origin Story: Guatemala

In March 2020 before the world was transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic with regulations, limited travel, and restricted borders, a few of us from Ferris were fortunate enough to travel south and visit our friends at the San Miguel mill in Guatemala, located outside of Antigua. Written by: Sarah Eyk We emerged from the airport into a wave of humidity and bustling city streets. Colorful camionetas (or chicken busses) packed the roads and honking taxis swerved by as we made our way through the mountains to the mill. Our host, Adrian Cabrera, is the nephew of general manager Estuardo Falla, whose family has owned and...

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