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Cupping Room Collection | Honduras El Jaguar

We sent a team of three to Honduras on a sourcing trip earlier this year, so they could learn more about coffee and its producers. Stefano Bizzarri, Antonio Madeddu and Pearl Café Manager Juan Pablo Martín Riba spent a week visiting spectacular places, meeting memorable people, and tasting coffee, including the Honduras El Jaguar.   We met with Don Victor Barahona, who works as the president of the board of COHORSIL (La Cooperativa Cafetalera Siguatepeque Limitada). Although COHORSIL started as a group of vegetable farmers that wanted to diversify into coffee, Don Victor shared with us that they have been...

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Fall in Love with Fall: Three Seasonal Specials

Cool fall temperatures, the changing leaves and the anticipation of the holidays are making us want to cozy up with some warm seasonal specials. These special drinks are all available at the cafés in Chicago, Seattle and Portland now through the holiday season.  Caffè al Pepe This spicy latte is back by popular demand! A few of our cafés had to keep it on the 'by request' menu from when we introduced it last year. Made with honey, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg, the Caffè al Pepe has an unexpected and delightful mix of sweet and spicy.  You can watch Kara...

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Inside our New Portland Café | 200 SW Market Street

Our newest Portland café is located in a newly remodeled space in the 200 Market Building, a LEED Certified building. The café's color palette, inspired by this green building certification, features warm woods and greens. The café boasts a green La Marzocco Strada espresso machine, green Deruta cups, and a spacious and exclusive outdoor seating area. Partially covered and heated, this outdoor seating area can be enjoyed year round.   Wrapped in warm wood-tones with a polished concrete floor, the inside space is warm and inviting, with window seating and a shared communal table in the center.   Located in...

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Cupping Room Collection | Rwanda Sholi Women Produced Microlot

The Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi Cooperative, or Sholi Cooperative, meaning Mutual Assistance, was founded in 2008 by 30 women determined to invigorate Rwanda’s coffee market and their local community. Today nearly half of the members are women, and they are living up to the meaning of their name - their coffees have won the Rwandan Cup of Excellence Award for quality, resulting in lots being sold at a premium. The coop has used these premiums to improve infrastructure - a second washing station, a community center, a regional health center, and a wastewater management facility have all been added to the...

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CUPPING ROOM COLLECTION | COLOMBIA HUILA FINCA BUENAVISTA

This exceptional micro-lot is exclusive to Caffè Umbria this year. Nestled in the upper valley of the Magdalena River with its rich volcanic soil, near the eastern edge of Huila, Finca Buenavista produces the prized Caturra variety of coffee on 2 hectares of land owned and run by Laureano Joven. Joven is part of the micro-lot program at ASPROTimaná, where exemplary coffees are processed separately then offered only as a micro-lot. This gives farmers the opportunity to achieve both higher recognition and a higher price. This region is known for producing some of the most distinctive coffees available, and received...

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