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Cupping: The process that brings the best out of each bean

Most people enter a coffee shop, order there coffee and move on with there day. Yet, behind the scenes there is SO much that goes into preparing that espresso, latte or whatever your drink of choice may be. From where the beans are grown, how they are roasted to the testing of the beans toMore

Roasting the Perfect Bean

    Coffee can seem like a simple thing but there is so much work, knowledge and skill that goes into growing, picking and roasting the perfect bean. As the coffee culture emerges, many are learning and tasting the difference between what really goes into preparing your cup. We interviewed Fratello’s Head Roaster, Dave SchindelMore

Colombian Cup of Excellence 2009

I have just returned from Pereira Colombia after judging the 2009 Cup of Excellence competition.   Although tired, I’m thrilled about this experience.  It is so exciting going through the cupping process and seeing the award ceremony’s on the final day.  The Cup of Excellence competition is the most thorough and competitive screening process a coffeeMore

Consistency in roasting – A constant improvement

Many coffee roasters, ourselves included, pride themselves with the consistency of their roasting team.  This is unfortunately hard to measure unless you are always drinking the same coffees from the same roasters.  If not, you’re left to simply believe what your coffee roaster tells you….that they are indeed consistent.  At Fratello this isn’t ‘just talk’,More

Buying Trip to Brazil

Russ & I had the pleasure of taking some of our staff down to Brazil last month on an educational buying trip. We met farmers committed to more then just quality coffee, but also who were committed to making a difference in the environment and to the lives of people who worked for them onMore