Coffee People

Colombian Coffee’s “Juan Valdez” (Carlos Sanchez) Passes At 83

Colombian Coffee Farmer Pop Icon Juan Valdez

Carlos Sanchez, the man who has portrayed the iconic yet fictional Colombian coffee farmer, Juan Valdez, has passed at age 83. Since 1969 he was the enduring face of Colombian coffee, appearing in countless advertisements and tv commercials for...

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Papua New Guinea Coffee Legend Craig McConaghy

Papua New Guinea Coffee Exporter, Craig McConaghy of Coffee Connections

To the people of Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highlands, Craig McConaghy is many things – cupping guru, community advocate, production consultant, go-to guy and jack of all trades. Since 1969 Craig has been at the center of Papua New Guinea's...

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Bill Clarke & The Cheese Shoppe | W.C. Clarke’s Coffee

In a salute to our oldest customer, roaster and friend, we would like to take a moment to put the spotlight on ...

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Football | How It Saved (And Then Changed) My Life

Last week I was at a booster meeting for Westlake High School Football. The team is scheduled to travel to Aledo,...

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MacLeod Wins PCCA Cupper Of The Year

Coffee Trader, Stu MacLeod

We are very proud to announce that VCT’s own, Stu MacLeod has won this year’s Pacific Coast Coffee Association PCCA Cupper Of The Year Awar...

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A Shout Out To Mike

Vournas Coffee Trading Co-Founder, Michael Vournas

This month instead of doing my Part II of my recent Guatemala trip, I decided instead to pay tribute to one of the greats that I have lost in my life and someone who contributed so much to the coffee world, my brother, Mike.

Brother, Fri...

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Interview With Dave Day From Growers First

Dave Day of Growers First

This last May I was very lucky to be able to see the impact of Growers First in Honduras. My trip consisted of a combination of education, philan...

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Numbers And Scores, All A Bore

Specialty Coffee Cupping Setup with Roasted Coffee, Silver Spoons, and Spitoon

Please enjoy this blast from the past on a topic that we feel is still relevant today, written by Michael Vournas, January 16, 2009

What do I have to say about this number stuff? Let's see. Many number stories have made it to the so...

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Steve Teisl Update

Papua New Guinea Coffee Consultant, Steve Teisl

Most of you are aware that our friend and Papua New Guinea Consultant, Steve Teisl had a severe stroke at the end of last Novembe...

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