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First Crop Coffee Australia  Transparent Green Coffee Sourcers and Importers / Owner operated by @celinalazarus and @tonystrickett / Contact us: tony@firstcrop.com.au

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It's been a busy few days in Seattle as we immersed ourselves in this years SCA Global Specialty Coffee Expo. For us it's an unmissable event because of all the great friends and accomplices we have attending from around the world, and we're proud to be a part of this great show in this amazing industry. #firstcropcoffee #sca2017 #specialtycoffeeassociation #coffee #instacoffee #travel #instatravel

We're in Seattle for the @specialtycoffeeassociation Global Specialty Coffee Exhibition. Good friends and great coffee, we love this time of year!
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El Vergel, San Marcos, Guatemala.
This is organic compost in its second stage. The compost is made from coffee pulp, parchment, the water from the washing process and organic materials and organisms around the farm. Recently goats and cows were bought by the farmers to create more organic material and also to be used for milk. By increasing the materials available they can create more compost, as each mound takes 2 months before it is ready.
Making their own compost not only saves the farmers money, but relates back to cultural farming practices and is organic (El Vergel is organic certified). 5kgs of this compost is applied to each tree and because it is natural and organic it helps feed and nurture the soil. By adding nutrients into the soil the trees have more nutrients to draw into the coffee cherries, which creates increased flavour. There's some pretty incredible stuff happening at El Vergel and it shows in the cup
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Roadside baños stop turns into impromptu horse rides on the side of the mountain. At this point I'm not aware of why Carlos is looking so happy, but I'm about to find out..😂🐴
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El Vergel. We waited a long time to visit and weren't disappointed. The waterfall on El Vergel provides water for washing and fermentation. Quite possibly one of the most dangerous paths we've ever walked and easily one of the most rewarding. It's an incredible place, an incredible farm, run by incredible people. What a blessing it was to spend Easter Sunday here. What a blessing it is to work with farmers who love what they do.
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Part of the workers village, La Hammonia Selva Negra. Over 200 hundred full time staff work at La Hammonia, and they are mostly families. These houses are where the staff live, and have electricity, running water and indoor bathrooms; these are not necessarily typical living spaces for Central America. There is a school for the children and a clinic where medical and dental care is provided free to the staff and children. There is a communal kitchen where meals are served, using ingredients all produced on the farm. Many of the houses have 3 generations of Selva Negra staff, and there are even retirees still living here. The people are looked after and supported, they are family. First Crop works directly with Selva Negra and is a strong partner in supporting this incredible farm. We are ensuring that the great work done at Selva Negra continues and grows, because we are truly inspired by what they are doing. It was a blessing to spend time there and to meet some of these amazing people and hear there stories, which we hope to share over the coming weeks.
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Our next shipment of Selva Negra is at the dry mill on La Hammonia getting processed, so it was pretty exciting getting to see the bags and the coffee being prepared. Geronimo is in charge of the dry mill and was keen to share the printing job his team had produced. Pretty special moment 🙏🏽
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Flow chart at Finca La Hammonia, Selva Negra, showing the process of turning the water from coffee pulping into methane gas. The gas is then used for various things around the farm, such as cooking and running equipment. A remarkable sustainability effort and a fantastic example of progressive farming techniques.
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Fill, weigh, seal, stack, repeat...
Green coffee passes through many hands to get to its final destination. At the mill our coffee is processed they are producing up to 1100 bags per day!
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Today we met with a few of the women farmers from our Women Coffee Growers Association. We have the first shipment on the water and today we met with them to learn about the association and how it is benefitting these amazing women in coffee. There are over 2300 farmers in the association and they come from 4 regions, their coffee is blended together based on region (for consistency and cup quality) and purchased by First Crop. The coffee is graded according to the PCCS system, a certification started by Ascafe which costs the farmers nothing, but ensures their quality is specialty and also guarantees them a premium and greater per kilo price. This is truly an incredible association and these women are at the forefront of it. And of course Ary (leader of the association and agronomist) needed to organise our pick up for the next farm visit during the photo 😂
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