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Tag Archives: Single Origin

  • Free Shipping on Coffee Sampler Pack for a Limited Time!

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith


    From long time coffee lovers to first time specialty coffee buyers, we are often asked if we could offer a sample pack of several of our current coffees.  Well, wait no longer!  Our sampler pack includes 3 different coffees, each highlighting different growing regions and unique flavors from around the world.

    We look long and hard for exceptional coffees that we are proud to offer our customers, and our first sample pack is one in which we could not be prouder.  Two of the coffees cup at over 90 points! (If you don't know what that means, it means they are really-really good.)

    To kick off the introduction of our sampler pack, we are offering free shipping on the coffee sampler through October.  Use Code SAMPLER in the discount code box at checkout.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

    This post was posted in What We are Drinking Now, News, On Sale and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Free Shipping, Natural Processed Coffee, Washed Coffee, Coffee Sample Pack, Coffee Sampler, 90 point coffee

  • 20 Second Peak at a Guatemalan Coffee Wet Mill

    Posted on February 20, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Our friends posted this video of their coffee at a wet mill in Guatemala.

    There are several methods for processing coffee, one of our favorites is wet process (aka washed, fully washed).  Shortly after being picked by hand, coffee cherries are taken to the mill where they are first sorted in water tanks, then sent through the pulper, which is what is shown here. The pulper removes the skin and much of the fruit from the coffee bean.  After this, the coffee is then sent to fermentation tanks where they will stay for about 24-48 hours.

    In the video you can see the red coffee cherries going into the mill.  In the last few seconds of the video you can watch the de-pulped coffee beans exiting the mill.  At this point they are whitish/light yellow in color and still covered in a sticky mucilage that is removed in the fermentation tanks.


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Coffee Processing, Washed Coffee, Guatemala, Coffee Mill

  • Coffee Giveaway! | Square Peg Espresso

    Posted on May 2, 2013 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    That's right!  We are hosting another giveaway.  Win two bags of our hand-crafted Square Peg Espresso using coffee from Uganda's Kabum Cooperative. An amazing coffee supporting an amazing ticket out of poverty for a Ugandan community! Entry is easy, just use the form below.

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Washed Coffee, Giveaway, Espresso, Kabum Cooperative, Mt. Elgon, Square Peg Espresso

  • New Giveaway | Win 2 Bags of Our New Rwanda Dukunde Kawa

    Posted on August 7, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    That's right!  We are giving away 2 bags of our exceptional new Rwandan coffee offering, Dukunde Kawa Fair Trade.  It is super easy to enter and does not require a social media account to enter (but sharing via Social Media sites does give you additional entries.

    Click Here to learn about about this great coffee: Rwanda Dukunde Kawa

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Single Origin, New Product, Rwanda, Dukunde Kawa, Giveaway

  • New Coffee Offering

    Posted on June 13, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    In a few days we will be releasing another truly amazing coffee offering to our lineup, a natural process Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi.


    Venia Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi Coffee


    After cupping a huge number of samples, this Ethiopian Ardi lot really stood out and we quickly fell in love with it. The wonderfully sweet berry fruit aroma invites you to experience fermented brandy, fresh blueberry, and malt in the cup.

    Available in a few days. Stay tuned!

    This post was posted in Coffee Review, What We are Drinking Now, News and was tagged with Single Origin, New Product, Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi, Ethiopian Coffee, Ethiopian Ardi, Light Roast, Natural Processed Coffee

  • Defining "Single Origin" Coffee | A Response to Several Questions

    Posted on May 7, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Single Origin Coffee | What Is It Exactly?

    I have received several questions over the past few weeks about what "Single Origin Coffee" is exactly.  I also just read a post from the Barista Exchange asking the same. Is it strictly coffee from a single farm, co-op, township, region, or country?  I have always held my specific conventions as to what a Single Origin (SO) coffee should be, but over the years this has more and more become a grey area.


    Regardless, this is an interesting question, and as far as I am aware there is no authoritative keeper of this vocabulary (ask 10 people get 10 different answers). So here goes my attempt to answer briefly tackle the SO question, and to no doubt start a broader conversation.


    "Single Origin today...what does it mean? It should be as simple as a single varietal from a single farm...."(from


    The heart of the question seems to highlight the underpinning desire to trace each coffee we drink back down to the farm/farmer.  But, I think the response to this idea needs to be grounded on how coffee is grown, processed and sourced around the world (which could easily take volumes of books to give the topic justice).  Geography, politics, culture, environment, war, poverty, corruption, etc, all pose challenges to the traceability of a coffee.


    For example, it is fairly easy for a hypothetical company to "travel to origin" (kind of a catch-phrase these days) to partner with a farmer in Guatemala; to invest in infrastructure, farming, education, processing...essentially forming a symbiotic partnership of sorts that improves both the quality of the final coffee and the community at origin.  A single origin coffee from this area of the world could easily be traceable down to the farm, plant varietal, processing type, fertilizer used...


    Move focus to Ethiopia, and tracing a coffee to an individual farmer is near impossible under their nationalized industry.  The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) seems to constantly be changing the rules and have quashed most "direct trade" style traceability models requiring farmers to supply their beans to the exchange to be blended and sold in larger regional lots.  Traceability of most Ethiopian coffees is now Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Coffee Review, News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Yirgacheffe,,,, SO, Traceability, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, ECX

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