The Vournas Coffee Blog

Brazilian Dry Spell Stirs Coffee Prices

By Leslie Josephs and Alexandra Wexler Wall Street Journal February 4, 2014 Coffee futures staged their biggest rally in eight years Monday amid worries that abnormally dry weather in Brazil would hurt the country's crop. The dry spell in Brazil, the world's biggest producer of coffee, has forced manytraders to…
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Happy Holidays to You All

   This time of year I like to take a step back and be thankful. First I would like to thank our 200 plus roasters. We never take you for granted. Your loyalty, friendship and your dedication to bringing our green coffees to life is appreciated. This magical process of…
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Interview With Dave Day From 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, philanthropy and visits to farms and mills. The programs implemented by Growers First are making a huge impact at the farmer’s level as…
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Source Trip To Papua New Guinea Part II

Day 3 Goroka/Okapa/Purosa    There is an old saying in PNG and it came about for good reason. “Expect the unexpected”. This proved to be true on my second trip to Papua New Guinea. Having only partially recovered from the State of Origin Rugby Match and too many SP beers,…
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Source Trip to Papua New Guinea

Source Trip to Papua New Guinea Land of the Unexpected by Andrew Vournas    Last week I had the privilege to visit Papua New Guinea for the second time. It was a fantastic trip seeing first hand just how hard it is to bring Papua New Guinea coffee from farms…
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Numbers and Scores – All A Bore

A Blast from the Past - Written by Michael Vournas - January 16, 2009     A topic still relevant today.    What do I have to say about this number stuff? Let's see. Many number stories have made it to the so-called news these days. Numbers reflecting everything from consumer confidence…
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Steve Teisl Update

Most of you are aware that Steve Teisl had a severe stroke at the end of last November. He has been battling back and last week hit the 6 month marker. What Stevo has gone through has not been easy to say the least. He is learning to talk and…
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Roya Leaf Damages Crops

Recently having traveled extensively through Honduras and Costa Rica, I went to check out the growing issue of Roya (Leaf Rust) and its effects on the coffee crop. First let’s talk about Honduras. We can expect anywhere from 15% to 35% crop losses for next year. The wide discrepancy is…
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Military Check Points, Armored Cars & Great Coffee Too

Having just returned from Honduras, it’s very hard to comprehend just how dangerous the city of San Pedro Sula has become. Yes indeed, I did see an ominous sign at the airport car rental "Armored Cars for Rent". After passing through many check points, all military and fully manned with…
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Proposition 65: The Looming Doom of the Coffee Boom?

Pacific Coast Coffee Association:  From the PCCA Prop 65 Task Force Proposition 65: The Looming Doom of the Coffee Boom? CoffeeNetwork (New York) - The coffee industry, by nature, prides themselves on their transparency; educating and enlightening consumers as to its origin and road to retail. Coffee is also becoming…
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