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What’s Happening at Little City

April 2023: A COE Winner and A Disputed Origin Story

Howdy coffee friends! And welcome to spring. This past month was spent visiting old and new partners in Mexico and Guatemala, and we are incredibly excited about some of the offerings we’ll be bringing to Austin over the next few months. These include fresh lots from all-time favorites like Santa Felisa and Finca Fatima, plus […]

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Grower Interview: Elias Bayter of El Vergel

Brothers Elias and Shady Bayter of El Vergel first came to Little City while visiting Austin after taking a Q Grader class in Houston. Their instructor, mutual friend and colleague Tim Heinze, recommended that we meet and that we might enjoy some of the unique profiles they were offering. And boy, was he right!  We […]

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Bright Lights Little City | March 2023

Howdy coffee friends! It’s March, and fresh coffees from South America are continuing to roll in, including this month’s fantastic featured microlot from El Vergel in Colombia. We’ll be in Guatemala and Mexico in the coming weeks, as their harvests start to wind down, to visit partners and cup fresh offerings, so stay tuned to […]

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Grower Interview: Dério Brioschi of Sítio dos Cedros

Dério Brioschi of Sítio dos Cedros is an excellent representative of the “New Brazil” we discussed in last month’s blog post. Little City’s Joel Shuler first met Dério while teaching a Q grader class back in 2016, and he has been a close friend and important partner ever since. I recently sat down with Dério […]

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JANUARY 2023: We Turn Thirty, A Look Back at 2022

Happy new year! As 2022 comes to a close and we jump into 2023, this month’s update will take on more of a yearly tone as we highlight some of our incredible partnerships, discuss some challenges and successes of this past year, and preview a bit of what we have in store for the year […]

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December 2022: Felicidad is Back!

Hey Little City friends! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and got to spend some time relaxing with family and friends, good food and drink, and some great coffee. I personally had a little too much of all of the above, but in my book, that adds up to a perfect Thanksgiving. As […]

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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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