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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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Origin Story: el Vergel

Origin Story: el Vergel

Our team traveled to Guatemala in the Spring of 2020, fortunately before air travel was nearly prohibited and COVID-19 had taken a stronghold on the global economy to visit our long-standing partners at the San Miguel mill. While sourcing and cupping new coffees on the origin trip, Ferris’ VP of Coffee Operations, Sam Mirto, had a chance to try this new crop from El Vergel. Not only did the cupping score and tasting notes alert Mirto to its potential but also the fact that it came from a coffee program, Café Femenino, designed to ethical sourcing model committed to ending the...

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Cupping Coffees in Guatemala

Cupping Coffees in Guatemala

How We Choose Coffee Earlier this year, a team from Ferris was fortunate to travel down to Guatemala to visit our partners at the San Miguel Mill located just outside of Antigua. While there, our certified Q-grader and VP of Coffee Operations, Sam Mirto, along with Education Assistant, Hannah McClure, cupped over 80 different coffees the farm had to offer. Check out the behind the scenes look at what it takes to cup that many coffees and how we choose what we decide to bring back to you!  We have been doing business with our partners at the San Miguel...

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Origin Story: El Salvador & Guatemala

Origin Story: El Salvador & Guatemala

Written by Sam Mirto, Director of Coffee During my second trip to coffee producing countries, I spent time in both El Salvador and Guatemala. This trip was every bit as impactful and memorable as my trip to Costa Rica, but for different reasons - as you’ll see. We started out flying into San Salvador in El Salvador, and that’s where I’ll begin. El Salvador is nestled between Honduras and Guatemala in Central America. Before the trip, I was told that the country has some really serious issues with gang violence, which made me a bit apprehensive. As our plane emerged...

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