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  • Why Small Farmers Matter

    Every time I travel to Central America I am reminded how this region is so important to our food supply in North America. We walk down the isles of Whole Foods, Giant or Kroger not even understanding all the work and effort it takes to grow the food we eat. Today I met Maria Lourdes during my trip here in Honduras. She is a single mother. She is farming 2 acres of land. One acre specialty banana and one acre of eggplant. Both are crops for export to the United States. Her farm is in a dry corridor of Western...

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  • Partnering with local shops and businesses

    One of the most rewarding experiences in the last few years has been  establishing partnerships with local shops. In particular meeting with new business owners and get to see how they grow their ideas from plans to the grand opening.  Its been amazing to meet all these people and somehow be a part of their dream by supplying them with top quality single origin and artisan roasted coffee.  When we first went into the coffee business, we were told that public relations and customer service would be key to our success. And we have to say we have discovered that...

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  • My Trip to Guatemala - Coffee Learning at Origin

    Marialy Justiniano President and Owner Cervantes Coffee Roasters November 6 to 12, 2016 Cervantes Coffee is a specialty roaster serving the Washington DC Metro area with Single Origin Coffees from around the world since 2011. The company focuses on South and Central American origins where it has relationships with farmers and their organizations. The company is a woman owned and run business and hires youth and young professionals from Northern Virginia. Below is a trip report prepared by the owner upon her return sharing some of the important things about coffee production and farmer cooperatives.  Learnings at origin. The trip...

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  • Reclaiming Italian Espresso Machines

    We got a hold off some old Italian espresso machines. FAEMAs, to be precise. So we've been working hard to clean them, descale them and rebuild them. Just like our coffee, we like to put a lot of effort on the things we do. We think we can reclaim these old machines to produce top quality espresso. In any case, you can be the judges, once we have them up and running.  These are the machines as we got them.    As we took the top off the machine, things looked pretty bad. The machines it appears had never been...

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  • Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

    Join us and celebrate life and culture in downtown Georgetown this coming Saturday. We will be holding an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony with our partners DAS Ethiopian Restaurant. Learn about new cultures and how coffee is enjoyed in other countries.

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  • Brunch and Coffee

    Brunch and coffee: the perfect pair. Restaurants in the DC Metro area are increasingly offering brunch menus as a way to test creative offerings and provide a variety of great meals and food combinations--and quality coffee is turning out to be an important part of this mix. That's what the latest edition of Northern Virginia Magazine has to say in its front cover, and Cervantes Coffee is precisely at the center of this trend, with a full-page picture and article about us! According to Northern Virginia Magazine, restaurants are upping their game when it comes to coffee, moving away from...

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  • CSA Community Supported Agriculture and Locally Roasted Coffee

    CSA is no longer the obscure acronym people confused with a government program or something similar. Increasingly CSAs are part of the vocabulary of those who are becoming aware of and want to participate in alternative healthy food options. In short, a CSA program allows city residents (and suburbanites) to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you're purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farm. The way it works is you basically have to look for a CSA network or pick up point that is close...

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  • How Do You Store Coffee

    While I was visiting a coffee-loving friend, he eagerly showed me some recently purchased whole bean coffee from Pennsylvania. He pulled the bag out of his refrigerator and ground up the beans in his small grinder. As he was grinding them up, his wife grabbed some fish out from the same fridge for lunch, and his kids served themselves strawberries and yogurt. While I commend their healthy eating habits, I couldn’t stop thinking about the aroma and taste of the coffee I was about to partake in, and hopefully enjoy. Freezing Coffee BeansA little known fact about coffee is that...

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  • Coffee Training - Brewing Techniques - Syphon

    I never stop learning to appreciate the different ways of brewing coffee. As we prepared for this last session we delivered a week ago, we re-discovered the joy of brewing on the syphon. We've had this coffee maker for over 15 years now. We used it on special occasions and at one point I remember giving it to my dad as a present. A couple of years later, he returned as he was mainly using his mocha espresso pot more than anything else. You can watch this clip on the syphon that our head barista Alex T. made, Quite funny....

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  • Espresso experience in Brazil

    I was in Sao Paulo last week and while there, I adventured into various espresso shops to give Brazilian coffee a try. If you are going to try a country's coffee, you have to do it the espresso way. Brewed coffee simply wont work (topic to be discussed later). So while there I made some time to visit fancy espresso bars in the nearby mall walking distance from the hotel I was at, stand alone shops that sell small pastries and espresso based drinks, and even local fast food chains such as BC Express, that sell stuff from magazines, to...

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