The Vournas Coffee Blog

Colombian Coffee’s “Juan Valdez” (Carlos Sanchez) Dies 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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Fair Trade Organic Mexico Oaxaca Zapoteca

Oaxaca Mexico Coffee Farmer and Specialty Coffee Importer Andrew Vournas

As the world’s 8th overall largest producer of coffee, Mexico’s role in the coffee trade cannot be understated. Throughout North America specialty coffee importers and green coffee traders are keenly aware of the importance of the southern ...

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Ethiopia Organic Washed Guji’s

Ethiopian Guji Growers

This month we’re very pleased to offer you two new fantastic, washed, organic Ethiopian coffees from two different wash stations in Guji. Both have been produced by fourth generation farmer and mill operator, Aklilu Kassa along with his son, ...

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Tanzania Kibosho Peaberry Microlot

Tanzania Peaberry Kibosho Microlot

In northern Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro reigns supreme; it is simultaneously the continent’s highest peak (16,000 feet from base to summit), an extinct stratovolcano and the source of a majority of Tanzania’s high quality arabica coffee sinc...

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Costa Rica El León De Heredia

Black & White Vintage Photo Costa Rican Coffee Growers El Leon De Heredia

In Costa Rica there are very few families with a history in coffee that dates back over a century to the 1880’s, when Costa Rica’s independence from Spain was still evolving and coffee exports were driving the nation towards a coffee-focuse...

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Sumatra’s Critical Coffee Shortage

Sumatran Coffee Farmer Patio Sun Drying Coffee

At the end of 2017, the Indonesian rainy season went far beyond its normal cycle, about a month in fact past the regular end-of-season. December typically marks the beginning of Indonesia’s dry season, but now Sumatra’s farmers and cooperat...

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The Benefit of Microlot Pour Overs

Chemex Coffee Maker and Coffee Grounds for Pourover Coffee Brewing

Is a cup of coffee always JUST a cup of coffee? For today’s specialty coffee consumer, the local, café roastery can be a stand-in-place journey around the globe to one farm, one cup with a story that is anything but average.

Microlot coff...

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Rwanda Hingakawa Women’s Cooperative

Female Coffee Farmers of the Misozi Hingakawa Women's Coffee Cooperative, Rwanda

We’re very proud to once again be offering our Rwanda Hingakawa Women’s Cooperative specialty coffee. This amazing group of female coffee producers claims the unique distinction of being part of the Abakundakawa-Rushashi Cooperative, Rwanda...

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Happy Holidays

Sierra Mountains Covered In Snow

From All of Us at Vournas Coffee Trading, a very Happy New Year!...

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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving Black Coffee Mug, Give Thanks Message

As Thanksgiving approaches most of us are making our plans to gather with family and friends to celebrate with the traditional fanfare of turkey, cranberries, potatoes and football. At the same time, in light of all the adversity in the world, ...

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