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Isomac Tea & Tea II, Egan Hernandez

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Bottom Line: Great machine, and more than paid for itself within the first 15 years of ownership.
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(Pic:The nursery at Hacienda Santa Rosa/aka Buena Esperanza/El Plan/Cerro Verde) Buying direct isn't a well defined term and we all have our own interpretation. A staff discussion about another roaster 'well, they are new. Don't roasters do direct buying later on….'. Since that roaster already dresses the coffees and talks about the importance of farm relationships, so the question of why they weren't buying direct yet was topical. We can't speak for the industry peers, but for barismo, it was a core value from the beginning. We went down and started sourcing directly with visits and purchases our first year. We set up our business in Jan 2008 but didn't open until late summer with our first few direct buys in hand. Thise first buys amounted to over 40k or about what we put into roasted gear. We felt both were of equal importance if we wanted to be taken seriously. It was a bit of a risk to drop that much money on coffee when we could have focused on turning spot coffees every 30 days. We felt without the farm relationship, it would just be selling coffees we didn't really know that well. This was eight years ago, so it was really not as common a thing to source directly. The idea was that you can't dip your toes in the water, you have to invest early if you want to build real meaningful change. Waiting would have made it much harder to get off of spot buying and into sourcing directly. Now we have farmers like Gustavo (Hacienda Santa Rosa) that we really truly collaborate with (coming up on 5 years). We find ourselves in contact with many of our partners at the farm level year round because the farm and roasting businesses are tied together. They are excited, and should be, by our success because they share top billing in it. #coffee #directtrade #barismocoffee

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States Coffee & Mercantile

Source: http://www.dearcoffeeiloveyou.com/states-coffee-mercantile/

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Resting high atop a custom built shelf in the middle of States Coffee & Mercantile is a framed piece of art bestowing the information, “work hard and be nice to people. ” in the event you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Keith Gehrke, the owner of States, you’d understand how accurately this easy screen-printed pronouncement summarizes him and all his many endeavors.

While Gehrke’s restart in coffee is quite long, he’s probably best known for his firm Able Brewing. Able, just one of several coffee brands based by Gehrke, is responsible for creating the reusable Kone and Disc filters offering a paperless process of brewing pour-over and Aeropress coffee, along with other original accessories. Since leaving the Pacific Northwest and returning home to the East Bay a few years ago, Gehrke has worked even harder by consulting his personal projects. Last year he helped set up a roasting program for the prior Local 123 cafe (now owned by Highwire Coffee) and then proceeded to start his own mail order coffee subscription called Pony Brand Coffee, while the programs for States Coffee took shape.

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The former post office in downtown Martinez, California had been undergoing renovation for the last 5-years before it had been chosen by Gehrke to become home for this latest project. The history of this space is unique enough on its own, but it also symbolizes one of those virtues reinforced by lots of Gehrke’s business decisions–that everything he sells is made in the U.S.A.

The space, once utilized to link the residents of the East Bay city through its own postal service, was reborn as a community hub where the neighbors, old and young, were stopping by to congratulate Gehrke on his first week of business. Just like everything Gehrke creates, he has a way of making them approachable. From the flavor profile of the States-branded coffee, roasted exclusively for the shop by Gehrke, to the minimum aesthetic one may find on the pages of Kinfolk magazine. Within the distance, a balance is maintained that adds heat to simplicity and offers quality without pretension. While a place like this would thrive in Portland or Brooklyn, it’s been created with such care that a smaller town like Martinez will surely adopt this new addition to town with as much enthusiasm.

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The shelving, coffee bar, and redwood furniture was custom made by a James Mackessy at Boulder Creek, outside of Santa Cruz, while the round standing-height table has been designed and built by Sean Woolsey in Costa Mesa–insuring most of the qualities of space were constructed in California. The coffee bar itself is filled with custom details to maximize its purpose and even doubles as a fully mobile cart that may be moved from its place in the front of the space and keep functioning with its onboard water tanks.

At the middle of the space, piled to the ceiling on custom shelving, is a curated selection of products covering a range needs and wants and all of them made in the United States. You’ll find everything on the wall out of skateboards, soaps, flasks, blankets and candles to a choice of ceramic cups and coffee brewing gear. The mercantile side of States provides Gehrke a way to supplement the income from a coffee shop that won’t ever be as higher volume as one in a major city. The clients of States Coffee also have a great place to come and purchase American-made housewares and unique hand-crafted gifts.

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There are very few places I visit where I instantly want it to be my neighborhood shop, but States Coffee definitely makes that list. This spot represents an assemblage of Gehrke’s passions, values and work ethic all in one location, with additional highlights of inspiration picked-up elsewhere. Before I left, Gehrke offered me one of the non-caffeinated drinks, a bottle of house-made fizzy hibiscus tea. It was absolutely delicious and unashamedly inspired by the fizzy hoppy tea served at G&B Coffee in L.A.

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After handing me a freshly opened bottle of the glowing red concoction, Gehrke clarified how the best coffee experience he had during a recent trip to Los Angeles. Was that glass of tea and it had lingered on his head ever since. He wanted to create something similar, along with his other house-made syrups, that would provide a non-caffeinated alternative showcasing the same focus on taste and quality as the java. The entire store is a showcase of quality with an atmosphere of classic American hospitality. Not only has Gehrke succeeded in the job he set out to do, but he was incredibly nice on the way.

States Coffee & Mercantile
609 Ward St
Martinez, CA 94553

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Colombia Launches Coffee Price Stabilization Fund

Source: https://dailycoffeenews.com/2019/07/15/colombia-launches-coffee-price-stabilization-fund/

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Colombian President Iván Duque signed into law a new fund late last week designed to encourage the country’s smallholder farmers in times of downward price shocks. The law comes only…

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Eurasia Coffee & Tea

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Subject: Eurasia Coffee and Tea
Location: Springfield, MO
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Rating: 5+ [see key]

Many times if you’re searching for a place to crash for a few days, I expect to find affordable-yet-swanky lodging that either offers excellent coffee or has good coffee within a short walk. Often such El Dorados are hard to come by, but every now and then one materializes out of nowhere.
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