Coffee Common + TED

21 02 2012

The exclusive TED Conference is coming up next week, in both Long Beach & Palm Springs, California, Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2012.

Coffee Common, a group that brings together world-class baristas and roasters, will be providing all the coffee service, with La Marzocco representing as the exclusive equipment provider (through the espresso machines, grinders (Mazzer) and hot water devices (Marco)).

The beautiful coffees will be served by sharply dressed baristas, done up in vests, ties, dresses and sweaters – hotness.

Quoting Brent Fortune, from Coffee Common:

“Each coffee roaster submitted a sample of their coffee which was then cupped for clarity and taste. Those who met the taste criteria were researched for sustainability, price transparency, and directness.

The coffees are being roasted by their respective roasters in Canada, Australia and the USA, and will be traveling to Long Beach [and Palm Springs] this week to meet us there.”
The line up for selected coffees include:
Guatemala Zelaya
Producer: Ricardo and Luis Pedro Zelaya
Roaster: Phil & Sebastian – Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Ecuador El Batan Cooperative
Producer: Procafeq
Roaster: Equator Coffees – San Rafael, California, USA (about 20 mi N of San Francisco)


Rwanda Coko Cooperative
Producer: Coko Cooperative
Roaster: Heart Roasters – Portland, Oregon, USA


Burundi Kayanza Gatare
Producer: Gatare Coop
Roaster: Seven Seeds – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Peru La Frontera
Producer: Cenfrocafe’s & communities of the Valle del Santuario
Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee – Raleigh Durham, North Carolina, USA


Bolivia Anjilanaka
Producer: Agricafe
Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee – Los Angeles, California, USA


Guatemala Finca El Injerto – El Injerto El Tanque Bourbon
Producer: Arturo Aguirre and son Arturo Jr.
Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Portland, Oregon, USA
Note: This coffee, part of Stumptown’s Grand Cru collection, is no longer available from Stumptown webshop.  I’ve attached a PDF of a scan of the info sheet for this coffee.


Rwanda Bufcafe
Producer: Epiphanie Mukashyaka
Roaster: Detour Coffee Roasters – Dundas, Ontario, Canada (about 70 km SW of Toronto)
Rwanda Buf Cafe Web Link


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Coffee Common + TED

8 03 2011

If you haven’t gotten the chance yet, check out coffeecommon.com.  This site is dedicated to sharing common values held by the coffee community.  They believe that “great coffee requires study, experimentation, craftsmanship, and humility”, along with the idea that coffee is “an experience worth sharing”.

Just this past week Coffee Common chose to launch their brand at TED, which has long been the home of ideas worth spreading.  The participating coffee enthusiasts included a variety of roasters and baristas, along with our help to provide the espresso machines, most of the grinders and water towers.

Being at TED was a great time to share information, be in association with everyone there and to support some great partnerships.

A sincere thank you goes out to Coffee Common for their extremely nice post written on their site.