Posted on 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 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 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 September 1 2016
September 1 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016 marked a momentous day for us here at Mercanta. It was the day we bid ‘adieu’ to the inimitable Coffee Hunter, Raphael Prime. The occasion was both sad and happy, admittedly. As of August 29, 2016, Raphael Prime will be joining Dormans Coffee, based in Nairobi, Kenya, in the role of Specialty Coffee
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 June 6 2016
June 6 2016
On June 3rd, 2016, Norbiton was again visited by prominent speciality coffee roasters from around the UK. Mercanta happily welcomed friends from Clifton Coffee Roasters, Crediton Coffee, Curve Coffee Roasters, Grumpy Mule, Hot Numbers, Modern Standard, Red Roaster & Taylor St. Coffee to cup with us three tables of excellent coffees from origins as diverse
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 12 2016
May 12 2016
On Friday, 29th of April, Mercanta hosted our second annual Costa Rican Cupping day.
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.
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