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What’s Happening at Little City

Cup of Excellence: Guatemala 2022

COE is back! After two years of canceled events and scaled-back competitions, Cup of Excellence held its first in-person international juries in Mexico and El Salvador in May. A couple of weeks later, I had the honor of heading down to Guatemala to participate as a juror in the third competition of 2022’s Central American […]

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June 2022 Update + New Featured Coffees

As we enter summertime here in Texas, we’ve got a lot to be excited about. I could list all the fun Austin activities that pair best with Lone Stars and frozen margs, but this isn’t that kind of blog. In the coffee world, summer means lots of new arrivals, especially from Central America and East […]

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Students taking the matching pairs exam during a Q Grader course.

5 Tips for Passing the Q Grader

The Q Grader Arabica exam is the highest level of professional certification for a coffee cupper. As I detailed in my previous post, it is a grueling set of nineteen exams set over six days that test your olfactory, gustation, and your ability to score coffees of various origins, processing methods, and qualities. I offer […]

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May 2022 Update: New Site and Coffee Subscription Options

Dear Little City friends and family, Welcome! Little City has a new website along with new coffee subscription options! We are proud to offer you a much easier and more beautiful shopping experience and hope it will also be a resource for you to learn more about us, our partners, and coffee in general. Look […]

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Q Grader Calibration Students

What is the Q Arabica Grader Exam?

This past January I hit a milestone when I taught my 100th CQI course. I have had the pleasure of helping many people on their coffee journey and I can only hope that they have learned at least as much from me as I have from them. One of the main classes I have taught […]

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Sourcing Trip: Mexico 2022

This year we decided to travel to Mexico a little earlier than planned. Typically we would head down later in the season—in March or April, as the harvest begins to wind down and we have a wider range of coffees to cup, including much of the higher-altitude coffees and microlots that come later in the […]

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Sourcing Trip: Kenya 2021

At Little City we always aim to expand our microlot offerings by regularly bringing in coffees from new origins. And whenever possible we make it a priority to travel to those origins to meet with potential direct trade partners and expand our knowledge of their customs, production systems, and trade models. For years, Kenya has […]

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Sourcing Trip: Colombia 2021

Last month I had the pleasure of returning to Colombia for the first time since 2018. Every year, we try to visit each of our key origins, but we missed the trip in 2019. Little did we know then that the world would shut down only months later and it would be another two years […]

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Mexican coffee grower Ernesto Pérez of Finca Fatima

Meet the Grower: Ernesto Pérez of Finca Fatima

Little City & Finca Fatima A few years ago, we decided that we needed to make sourcing Mexican coffee a priority at Little City so we began obsessively cupping Mexican coffees, learning the regional profiles, traveling to Mexico, and building relationships with growers and other supply chain partners. Eric participated in the International jury for […]

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