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Support team and jury from the 2022 Brazilian Cup of Excellence

2022 Brazilian Cup of Excellence

Last month, I was honored to serve on the international jury for Brazil’s 22nd Cup of Excellence (COE) competition. This year’s Brazilian competition was the third COE jury I’ve participated in and a really special one for me. Over the years, I’ve traveled to Brazil multiple times. I have many close friends and partners there, […]

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Interview with Ernesto Perez

Little City + Ernesto Perez Since 2019, we have worked closely with Ernesto Perez of Finca Fatima and APG Coffee. In addition to our featured microlots from his award-winning farm, Ernesto has helped us source some amazing coffees from other top growers in Veracruz. He also handles export and import logistics for all of our Mexican coffee […]

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The Coffee Fruit: Anatomy

The coffee bean is the seed of the coffee fruit, which grows on a coffee tree. The more we understand about the lifecycle of the tree and how the fruit and seeds develop, the more empowered we are to develop and preserve flavors and flavor precursors throughout fruit development as well as during the harvest […]

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October 2022: Update from the Roastery + Featured Coffees

October is here! In addition to cooler temps—and despite the presence of pumpkin spice everything—October is an amazing month for coffee drinkers. Due to its placement on the harvest calendar, the month of October falls in a window where freshness and selection overlap, creating an abundance of high quality offerings from all over the world.

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August 2022: New Featured Microlots + Cold Brew Recipe

It’s August and we’re back with another exciting round of featured coffees! This month’s offerings include two incredible Geishas from a Mexican coffee legend plus our climate-critical Cold Brew Blend.  Featured Microlot: Finca Garabandal, Mexico This month’s microlot release is bittersweet. Earlier this year, Mario Fernandez Sanchez of Finca Garabandal passed away at his home […]

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In Memory of Mario Fernandez Sanchez

This past March, we lost our good friend and partner, Mario Fernandez Sanchez. When we decided to make Mexico a priority for our sourcing program, we contacted Mario via his son, Mario Fernandez Jr., a colleague of Joel’s at CQI (at that time) and now the technical director at SCA. We’d purchased very little coffee […]

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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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