Posted on May 10 2019
Mercanta has participated in the Cup of Excellence programme from the very beginning, 20 years ago. We ask: is the competition still relevant? Juan Cano reports.
Posted on April 11 2019
April 11 2019
Stephen Hurst discusses the current plummet in the C-Price and how specialty coffee should address volatility It is the early 1990’s. The International Coffee Agreement, a producer/consumer cartel of sorts, which for many years had regulated the commodity coffee price via an export/import quota system, had ceased to exist. Not only did this mean
Posted on April 10 2017
April 10 2017
Jantioquia: A customer’s perspective; Fiona Grant from Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters guest blogs Standing in the middle of Plaza Botero, a plastic cup of fresh mango spiked with salt and lime in my hand, musica tropical blaring out from a passing taxi and Mercanta’s Juan Cano pointing out the city sights and I’m one very
Posted on February 15 2017
February 15 2017
2017 marked the second year of Mercanta’s Jantioquia (January in Antioquia) – an event inspired by my own experiences in Antioquia some years ago. When I first began visiting Antioquia in 2010, the department (Colombia’s largest administrative subdivision) had long been overlooked with regards to both coffee and tourism. At the time, Huila held distinction
Posted on September 6 2016
Back to the EHP of PNG: Grant Rattray and Leah Warren visit Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highland Province
September 6 2016
Grant Rattray and Leah Warren visit Papua New Guinea and tell us about their search for quality green coffee in this unique origin.
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 August 4 2016
August 4 2016
From July 9 – 17, 2016, Mercanta was honoured to be invited to Rwanda by our good friends, RWASHOSCCO, to help them celebrate 10 years of producing specialty coffee. Mercanta’s Raphael Prime and Jamie Marler were joined by our guests, Andrew Tolley of Taylor St., Diana Palmer of Red Roaster, Jorge Alberto from Origin South Africa and Steve Leighton of Has Bean.
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 June 10 2016
June 10 2016
Mercanta Medellin's Juan Cano recounts his recent visit to the Antioquia's Best Cup prizewinning La Falda del Centro.
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 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 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 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
Posted on June 7 2013
June 7 2013
A recent visit revealed the variety of different ways Rwandan coffee makes its way to our cupping table. Back at the end of May, our lovely coffee huntress Jo, travelled to Rwanda with Melbourne Coffee Merchant’s equally delightful Fleur and Jenni to source wonderful coffees and strengthen the relationships we have built up there over
Posted on May 29 2013
May 29 2013
The under recognized region of Antioquia moved into the light with two farms making it to this year’s Colombian Cup of Excellence Auction. Antioquia has long been the little sister of Colombian coffee regions, with its produce being undiscovered by the rest of the world. Flavor profiles are unlike those from the rest of the
Posted on April 2 2013
April 2 2013
Mercanta have joined forces with Café Pacas, to reach beyond the coffee plantations and put the proceeds from coffee back into communities in El Salvador. After an initial donation early last year, we decided to continue our support of two schools sponsored by Café Pacas. By donating 10p from the sale of every 1kg of
Posted on March 17 2013
March 17 2013
While farmers across Colombia have been blocking roads and causing general disruption in a widespread protest over low prices, Mercanta are getting to know the growers in order to offer them a viable outlet for their specialty product. After establishing a sourcing office in Medellin, Colombia in 2011, Mercanta has spent the past 18 months
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