Posted on January 12 2018
For many years, Mercanta has been telling you the same, old Ethiopia story: In 2008 Ethiopia began the centralization of all coffee exports through the newly established Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). This eliminated most roasters’ and importers’ ability to provide accurate information of the precise traceability of coffees. Until December of that same year, growers
Posted on December 21 2016
December 21 2016
The town of Las Victorias is located in Guatemala’s Alta Verapaz region – an area widely renowned for its coffee. Some 80 families are scattered among farms and rainforest in this beautiful, but impoverished, area. The nearest town, San Cristobal Verapaz, is about an hour’s walk. Although some families farm corn, beans and livestock to eek
Posted on September 10 2016
September 10 2016
Mercanta North America’s Megan Rindt visited this year’s Canadian Tea & Coffee show – and here’s what she saw!!! The Canada Coffee & Tea Show was a great event. Toronto is a beautiful city full of wonderful people and great roasters. Spending a few days at the show and a day café crawling gave me
Posted on September 1 2016
September 1 2016
Mercanta’s Stephen Cornford takes a journey to Peru: 11,265 km long and, 2,500m high.
Posted on August 5 2016
August 5 2016
Pedro Echavarria and Leonardo Hennao from Antioquia's Santa Barbara Estate joined us in the UK, visiting friends and talking about FERMENTATION!
Posted on July 8 2016
July 8 2016
On May 16-20, Mercanta North America’s John Curry attended the 2016 Guatemala Cup of Excellence (COE) International Jury as an observer. He shares his experiences.
Posted on July 6 2016
July 6 2016
Mercanta's ability to link and create relationships between producers and roasters highlighted and praised by Sustainable Restaurant Association
Posted on May 23 2016
May 23 2016
In March of 2016, the Financial Times featured an excellent piece on Stephen Hurst, Founder and Managing Director of Mercanta, Ltd. highlighting his role as a pioneer of specialty coffee in Europe. You can read the post below by clicking on pop-out icon on the embedded PDF below.
Posted on May 10 2016
May 10 2016
In honour of our 20th anniversary, the African Fine Coffee Association has chosen to highlight Mercanta's ongoing commitment to quality coffee in Africa by publishing a profile piece on our approach to sourcing and client care. The piece will appear in AFCA's April-June 2016 Newsletter.
Posted on February 1 2016
February 1 2016
Mercanta kicked off the beginning of 2016 by celebrating with our friends and partners in Colombia! For the month of January, Stephen Hurst and many other Mercanta staff welcomed friends from around the world to Antioquia and Huila to better know this beautiful country that is home to some of the world's finest coffees.
Posted on March 28 2014
March 28 2014
We’ve just received the photos of our new sign and couldn’t wait to share them with you! It seems only five minutes ago that seasoned coffee hunter Grant Rattray packed his bags and said goodbye to the wind and the rain, heading off with a suitcase packed with cupping spoons and samples in search of
Posted on December 17 2013
December 17 2013
“We have drawn a line in the sand which not many have dared to do. All our business is done on a fixed price, above the cost of production.” For the everyday high street coffee trader, the matter of coffee pricings is a minefield… indeed, probably something to stay well away from. And yet, nobody
Posted on October 31 2013
October 31 2013
We are glad to launch Mercanta of the Americas, formerly known as Mercanta Central America. This much expanded operation will be overseen by Christian Schaps, who will be responsible for looking after a number of origins in the region. The aim of MoA is to make it more accessible to search for fine coffees as
Posted on October 18 2013
October 18 2013
Mercanta were recently privileged to welcome Adolfo Vieira Ferreira from Fazenda Passeio to the Lab to talk coffee. Here at Mercanta we are lucky enough to work with some wonderful producers. Adolfo from Faxenda Passeio is one of these and he paid us a visit recently. Hear what he had to say about his farm
Posted on October 18 2013
October 18 2013
We recently welcomed Túlio Henrique Rennó Junqueira from Carmo Estate to talk about his farm, production and life in the coffee family. For those that were lucky enough to join us on the day, there was the fascinating opportunity to question Tulio on all aspect of production and export. If you couldn’t join us, watch
Posted on June 26 2013
June 26 2013
Funds raised from the sale of Finca El Retiro, El Talapo and Guachoca last year have continued to improve the lives of the communities involved in the Pacas Family Charity FUNPRES. After our last investment into the FUNPRES charity, we have received the first report about the programs, which highlights how more people will benefit
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