The Vournas Coffee Blog

From Sumatra With Love

Green, unripened coffee cherries on the vine at Wahana Estate in Sumatra, Indonesia
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 our Sumatran coffee family of coffees will be called Sumatra Lintong Triple Pick Tiger. This coffee is grown south of Lake Toba in the village…
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Here’s To A Great 2015

Longberry Arabica Coffee Variety from Wahana Estate, Sumatra Indonesia
Wow, 2014 is closing to an end. It’s been a crazy year with a lot going on, but it is always like that in the coffee importing business. Current Market Trends The coffee market has softened due to more favorable rain in Brazil and a revision of next year’s crop.…
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Kicking The Tires: What To Expect From The Coffee Market In 2015

A Closeup of Coffee Rust (Roya) Damage To A Coffee Leaf
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 Brazil crop at numbers on the low end, and finally the continued coffee…
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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 Award. PCCA's Annual Cupping Competition For the last 13 years the cupping has been held at the Annex and honors green coffee legend, Pete McLaughlin. A…
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A Shout Out To Mike

Headshot Portrait of Michael Vourans, Co-Founder of Vournas Coffee Trading
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, Friend and Partner September 12…
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Guatemala In Five Days

A view of the Atitlan Volcano from a specialty green coffee farm in Guatemala
Recently I had the pleasure to take a Guatemala farm tour. 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. I had only been…
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Coffee Market Goes South Of The Equator

Roasted specialty coffee sample for cupping and scoring.
Okay, I admit it. I drank the Kool-Aid. I believed the coffee market would hit $2.50. Now of course since the coffee market has gone south 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…
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Central American Coffee Rust On The Rise

A Closeup of Coffee Rust (Roya) Damage To A Coffee Leaf
Reported by the Los Angeles Times, June 7, 2014 AP - 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 plants, flecking their leaves with spots and causing them to wither and…
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Brazilian Exports Cool Coffee’s Rally

Coffee Market Report, Coffee Market Growth Chart
Prices Are Down 14% From April's Peak, but Tighter Supplies Could Mean More Price Spikes Later Wall Street Journal | May 14, 2014 By Leslie Josephs Surging coffee prices have spurred Brazilian growers and dealers to export more beans. The increase in shipments has helped bring prices down 14% from…
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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

Seattle Skyline and Space Needle at Dusk
Two weeks ago I traveled to Seattle for this years SCAA Convention, which was a major milestone for me. It was my 25th consecutive SCAA Show and perhaps the most well attended in history. A Little Bit Of History Indeed in looking back my first SCAA was in Oakland, California…
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