Many Miles to Oaxaca

Specialty green coffee importer Andrew Vournas and his son Zach meet with Costa Rican coffee farmers in their field of healthy green arabica coffee trees

Last month I arrived in Oaxaca, Mexico and began a two day journey to the isolated coffee community of Ixtepec. This was no vacation. Traveling with Dave Day and Gero...

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A Little Bit of This – A Little Bit of That

As we march forward to summer, the half year of 2015 is coming fast. New crops continue to trickle out of origin as late rains and port delays have slowed new crop arrivals. What’s new for Vournas Coffee this year? Plenty! With micro lot ...

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From Sumatra With Love

By Andrew Vournas

On our continuing quest to find and hunt down fantastic and rare coffees we have truly found several gems from Sumatra. Our newest member of the Sumatra family of coffees will be called Sumatra “Lintong Tiger” Triple...

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Here’s to a Great 2015

Wow, 2014 is closing to an end. It’s been a crazy year with alot going on, but it is always like that in the importing business.

The market has softened due to more favorable rain in Brazil and a revision of next year’s crop. Al...

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Kicking the Tires

A Coffee Report for Next Year

What’s up with, or in this case what’s down with, the coffee market. There has never before been more uncertainty in the coffee market as there is today. With certified stocks at the lowest in years, the ...

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MacLeod Wins PCCA Cupper of the Year

We are proud to announce that our own trader Stu MacLeod won the Pacific Coast Coffee Association Cupper of the Year Award. For the last 13 years the cupping has been held at the Annex and honors Green Coffee legend Pete McLaughlin. A few we...

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Shout Out To Mike

This month instead of doing my Part 2 of Guatemala trip, I figured I would pay tribute to one of the greats that I have lost in my life, someone who contributed a lot to the coffee world. On September 12 this will have marked the loss of my bro...

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Guatemala in Five Days

Recently I had the pleasure to take a farm tour to Guatemala. Having not been there for six or so years I was excited to see how it changed. My first trip to Guatemala was back in 1990 when dictators ruled the city and rebels the countryside...

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Coffee Market Goes South of the Equator

Okay, I admit it. I drank the Kool-Aid. I believed the market would hit $2.50. Now of course since we are sitting at $1.65 we are a bit far away. What has changed since we hit a high of $2.19? Well to be truthful, nothing. That’s right, ze...

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Central American Coffee Rust on the Rise

Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2014

FRAIJANES, Guatemala
For years, Hernan Argue-ta’s small plot of coffee plants seemed immune to the fungus spreading elsewhere in Central America. The airborne disease that strikes coffee p...

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