The Vournas Coffee Blog

Building Bridges From Farm to Cup

When we launched Vournas Coffee Trading in 2002 part of our goal was to identify gaps in the grower/roaster supply chain, build bridges between them and in the process become a sort of farm to cup extension cord, not merely just another green importer. We have never been satisfied to…
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Coffee Market Trends In 2017 & Beyond

A loading truck lifts a container of specialty green coffee at the loading docks in Goroka, Papua New Guinea to be imported to the United States by Vournas Coffee Trading.
Now that the new year is nearly upon us, we’ve already begun looking towards a new coffee season in 2017. We here at Vournas Coffee are once again surveying the C-Market landscape to share with you our perspective on where we are, and what the coffee market trends will be…
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The Rise Of The C-Market

Coffee Market Update Graphic
Well readers, it’s that time of year again. No, it’s not holiday shopping and excessive eating that I speak of. I mean that OTHER time of year, when the C Market begins to rise, and everywhere roasters collectively cringe, day traders jump in the mix, the Cubs win the Series,…
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Coffee Fest Anaheim In Perspective

Andrew, Kat & Mike of Specialty Green Coffee Importers, Vournas Coffee Trading at the Anaheim Coffee Fest
Last week, Coffee Fest Anaheim featured over 200 vendors, and was well attended by scores of passionate coffee lovers, industry professionals, and small and medium size roasters from Southern California, the Central Valley and beyond. The Vournas Coffee Trading Team was there in force, braving the congested freeways for the…
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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 W.C. Clarke’s Coffee, State College PA’s original coffee roastery, founded in 1977. A Coffee Roasting Maverick Bill Clarke first started in the coffee biz way back in 1976.…
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Uganda’s Coffee Fields of Dreams

Coffee farmers kneeling down in a grove of healthy coffee trees protected by a natural shade canopy of tall forest trees in Kapchorwa Uganda
If you grow it, they will come … Over the past few years Uganda’s coffee producers have been establishing themselves as a leaders in African specialty coffee. It would seem producers have taken cues from the film Field of Dreams as coffee now leads the nation in exports, accounting for…
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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, Texas for their first game of the season on September 3nd. I am including a fantastic video about the people behind Westlake High School Football, produced by good friend…
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28 Years In Coffee … And Still Trucking

Steve Teisl and Andrew Vournas of Vournas Coffee Trading gather with the local farmers and tribesmen of the Eastern Highlands in Papua New Guinea
As I prepare to head to Atlanta next week for the SCAA “Big Convention”, I marvel at how lucky I am to be a part of the coffee world. This June I will be celebrating 28 years in coffee as a green coffee trader. Wow! Way back in 1988 as…
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Vournas Coffee Market Report 04.16

Coffee Market (C-Market) Report Graphic
Ok, so here's the skinny on the 2016 C-Market up till now. As I sit at home and ponder this coffee market report, I am currently sipping our Sumatra Lintong Tiger. I often wonder how much hard work these farmers go through to bring us so much joy in the…
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Central American Specialty Coffee | When Does New Crop Ship?

Bags of coffee parchment stored at Honduras mill
If accountants, logistics managers and supply people ran the coffee world, shipments from coffee farms and mills would occur on a “just in time” timeline. Coffee would be produced year round and shipments would be dispatched days before inventories were used. Of course this is not the case in the…
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