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Papua New Guinea 2017 | Anything Can Happen!

Goroka Mud Men Ceremony, Coffee Growing Community, Papua New Guinea
This past month I traveled to Papua New Guinea for five days to check in on the farmers of the Purosa highlands, their co-op leaders and mill operators in Goroka. My wife Kat, CFO of Vournas Coffee Trading, our son Zach and Craig and Heather McConaghy of Coffee Connections were…
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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 coffee production, but these days his daily routine as he…
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The 2017 Grounds For Health Coffee Auction

Women Coffee Farmers For #GFHAuction The Grounds For Health Coffee Auction
This week and next, from Thursday, May 25 to Thursday, June 1 it will be our honor to take part in the 2017 Grounds for Health Coffee Auction to benefit women's health services in coffee growing communities in Latin America and East Africa. This will be a live, online, eBay-style…
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SCA Global Coffee Expo 2017

Seattle Skyline and Space Needle at Dusk
Every year we eagerly anticipate the next SCA Global Coffee Expo. It’s the biggest gathering in our industry, and there’s a lot of excitement and a lot buzz! It’s an opportunity for us to check in on current trends, sample some new origins, reconnect with the industry and meet up…
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Celebrating 15 Years In Coffee

Andrew Vournas, Specialty Green Coffee Importer with Costa Rican Coffee Farmer
15 years ago there were almost no small, family-run importers focused on real, high-grade quality, estates or organics. Nor was there any overarching effort to provide small farmers with fair prices and to bring their coffees in on a consistent basis. Back then Vournas Coffee wasn’t the most trendy or…
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Fair Trade Organic Papua New Guinea Purosa A

Coffee Grower Thatched Hut Home, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
We don’t like to play favorites when it comes to coffee, but many of you know that ever since our friend and long-time Papua New Guinea consultant, Steve Teisl first established trade with Papua New Guinea nearly 17 years ago we have enjoyed a strong rapport with this island province…
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Our 2017 Marquis Coffee Lineup

Closeup of Coffee Cherries on the Vine in Papua New Guinea
We’ve been working overtime in our cupping room in order to bring you this year’s marquis coffee lineup of VCT exclusives. We have received advance samples from the farms for every single one of our marquis coffees, and over the past several weeks set ourselves to the task of religiously…
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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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