Walker Coffee at Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015

We’ll be heading to the Peach State in a couple of weeks for the first Coffee Fest of 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

When you go, don’t forget to check out the Bid For Hope / Café Femenino Foundation Silent Auction! Proceeds will be going towards the foundation’s mission to enhance the lives of women and families in the coffee-producing communities throughout the world. We’ll be putting two bags of our own green coffee up for auction, making it the perfect opportunity to acquire quality specialty coffee while also supporting a good cause.

Walker Coffee Trading will be exhibiting at Booth 525 throughout the entire show. We look forward to seeing you all there!

PCCA Cupping Competition Winner

This year, one of the coffees we submitted to the PCCA’s Annual Cupping Competition took the crowd by storm and secured the top honors. You can read a transcribed version of the announcement below:

P.C.C.A. NEWSFLASH

Pacific Coast Coffee Association

1350 Arnold Dr., Suite 106, Martinez, CA

PACIFIC COAST COFFEE ASSOCIATION

Winning Coffee Announcement!

14th Annual Pete McLaughlin Cupping Competition

Featuring the Coffees of Colombia

The PCCA Coffee of the Year 2014!

The tradition of fantastic coffee and rich education continued this year at the PCCA cupping competition. The chosen origin this year was Colombia and it did not disappoint. Many exceptional coffees were submitted by importers and exporters worldwide for judgment.

This year’s top coffee honors go to:

Miriam Adriana Briñez Coffee

Las Lajas Farm

Submitted by: Walker Coffee Trading

Competition Coffee Sample  #8

Miriam Adriana Briñez bought Las Lajas farm 9 years ago. Running it as a family business, she manages the farm with her father, Jose Briñez, who acts as the farm administrator. When Miriam acquired the farm, conditions were poor: the coffee trees were very old and had been planted without any apparent thought to planning.

The Briñez family has been hard at work to improve conditions of the farm ever since. New farming techniques and technologies have been utilized to improve the quality and quantity of harvest, and the impact of the farm on the native environment has driven the implementation of sustainable practices.

The farm Las Lajas is located in the Tena municipality of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. This coffee is a mixture of the Castillo, Colombia, and Typica varietals. Produced on 1.8 hectares of land at roughly 6,000 ft, Las Lajas coffee’s main harvest goes from spring through early summer.

Congratulations!

The winning cupper will be announced at the annual convention in September at

The Meritage Resort, Napa, CA!

A heartfelt thanks to all those who helped make this year’s cupping a success.

Thank you all for your continued support and involvement.

Carl: Going Back to My Roots in Kenya

My great grandparents settled in Kenya during the First World War where amongst other things, they farmed coffee! My parents immigrated to the USA in the early 1970’s. After a 20 year hiatus, I finally went back with my wife and daughter to visit my family for a very special holiday. In retrospect I waited far too long to go back, twenty years is a life time to wait to reconnect with one’s roots. In addition to spending time catching up with family, we also spent our holidays visiting coffee farms, mills and our suppliers. Coffee continues to keep me connected to my roots!