Zaroca: winner of the Cup of Excellence

We brag about the quality of our coffee a lot. Speciality grade, high-scoring, world-class… those words all start to blur into the background. So we...

Q&A with Karla Baquero, grower of El Triunfo

As you might have read, this March is ‘Women in Coffee Month’ at Pact. We’re celebrating the accomplishments of women farmers, highlighting the gender inequity inherent in the industry, promoting some of our favourite growers, and raising money for Hand in Hand International. Karla is the daughter of Siria, the representative for Asomuprisma. We could tell you all about her, but we asked her a few questions so she could do it herself! Grab a...

40th anniversary of the San Isidro Grower’s Association!

40 years ago, in the rural regions of Huila, Colombia, coffee growers had a problem. When you think of difficult driving you might think closures on the M4, or meeting a double decker on a windy Devon lane, or the potholes and worn tarmac of your local high street. But that’s nothing compared to driving trucks full of coffee down the steep, twisting, rock-filled (practically off-road) tracks of Acevedo. So 8 local coffee farmers decided...

Corrego Dantas: raising the reputation of its area

Names mean a lot. Champagne and Cornish Clotted Cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Yorkshire Wensleydale. When you go to these product’s origins (and namesakes), that quality of flavour and the places themselves become intrinsically linked in your mind. There’s a reason there are laws against mislabelling sparkling wine from outside the area as “Champagne”, because reputation holds weight. But it doesn’t mean that sparkling wine is necessarily of a lesser quality. Imagine producing an amazingly tasty product...

Three Phase Programme: El Cairo

This is the fifth year we’ve had El Cairo on our menu – so it’s been around almost since the beginning! A Colombian burst of orange and mandarin flavours, it’s a delicious variety grown by Faiber Vega Salazar. Today his farm is thriving, but it wasn’t always that way… Year 1 El Cairo was actually one of the first farms Pact Coffee started a Direct Trade relationship with. Back in 2014, Head of Coffee Will...

Meet Sam, Managing Director of Bufcoffee

Remember Epiphanie? She’s the Pact Coffee favourite who overcame adversity to be the first woman to own a washing station - and her children have followed in her footsteps. We talked to Sam, her son and Manager Director of Bufcoffee. He’s done some incredible work to make Bufcoffee the powerhouse cooperative it is today - but let’s hear about it from him: Tell us about Bufcoffee, and how many farmers your washing stations serve We...

Asomuprisma Women’s Association: Micro-lots & moving up

Maybe you’re a teacher, and you’ve watched a struggling child absolutely nail their GCSEs and take control of their future. Or mentored an employee which led to them getting promoted. Or, hell, kept a plant alive for more than a week! Whatever it is, it’s gratifying to see someone or something grow. And that’s what we like about the sourcing model we use. It’s rarely a one-off exchange of cash for beans - usually we’re...

Friend first, farming partner after: when sourcing gets personal

Marcus Carvalho. It’s a name that, if you’re a veteran Pact Coffee fan, you’ve probably heard before. After all, we talk about him a lot. And although we work with over 200 farmers, we’re going to do it again. Any one of those links will give you the backstory, but here’s the highlights: We met Marcus at a tragic time in his life. He’d recently lost his wife, Maria, to a car accident - leaving...

Nyiramasoni Donatille, our first Gold Standard coffee!

Now and then, we find an incredibly special coffee. And since our Head of Coffee is so good at hunting them down, we decided they all needed their own category! Introducing Gold Standard – coffees that are game-changers, taste- makers or just simply delicious. The Nyiramasoni Donatille is the perfect first example with cuttingly clear blackcurrant and black tea flavours, a delicate orange aftertaste and an elegant grape-like acidity. All that and a syrupy sweetness...

Maria Del Rosario and Bella Vista

If you’ve been enjoying our coffee for a while, chances are you’ve come across Buenos Aires – a Colombian coffee (despite the name!) with notes...

Nyaruszia Washing Station and Nyaruszia Ngara

What’s that delicious aroma on the wind? I’m getting juicy pineapple and delicious blackberry, and it seems to be coming from our roastery… which can...

Oscar Daniel Ramirez Valerio and El Laurel: the $100 Honduran award winner!

When you think ‘cupboard essentials’, you might be listing coffee along with things like sugar, flour, vegetable oil… everything ‘basic’ you need to get by. But while these are all things you use almost everyday, you’d probably be unlikely to fork out almost £100 for a pound’s worth of any of them. But other people would. In the International Cup of Excellence awards in June of this year, a lot of a particular coffee was...

Karinga Factory and Karinga Peaberry: our first Kenyan coffee

At Pact, we know there’s a whole lot of world out there to see - and that means there’s just as much amazing coffee to try, too! Not content with sticking to our tried and tested range of Colombian, Brazilian and Rwandan coffees (to name a few), Head of Coffee Will’s itchy feet have led us to Kenya. Exciting, huh! What’s more, we let you, our well-seasoned caffeine fiends, pick which one of three carefully...

Maria, Alf and Marcella Pacas and Bernadina - a brand new coffee variety!

Alfredo Pacas has been the driving force behind the genetic purification of the Bernadina variety. Here he is looking out over his coffee farm, on the hill in the distance. The coffee-growers of Central and South America are facing a big problem. In El Salvador alone, disease has slashed the productivity of their farms from three million bags for export in 2011, to fewer than a million bags in 2017. Many are taking drastic action;...

Three Phase Programme: Marcus and Fazenda Chapada

Making coffee a force for good means changing millions of lives for the better. To make sure that we have as much positive impact as possible at origin, we developed our unique Three Phase Program. We address the varying challenges of each farm individually, as every plantation differs in climate, growing techniques and production. We don’t presume to have all the answers but we can build relationships with local experts who do and offer investment...

Pushing for Gender Equality: meet the Asomuprisma Women’s Association

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Dough takes an hour to rise, novels take months to write – and whether you think the world was created in seven days, or that humans evolved over millions of years, good things take time! Gender equity, not to mention gender equality, is definitely one of those things. The London Society for Women’s Suffrage formed in 1867, but women didn’t get equal voting rights until 1928 in the UK...

Kayon Mountain Guji Washed: hints of… marmite?!

Taste notes: marmite. Ok, not actually marmite. We’re not that brave. But this Ethiopian coffee is definitely a ‘love it or hate it’ kind of coffee. And we kinda love that… On paper, it sounds universally delicious. Black tea, lemon and blackcurrant flavour notes with a buttery mouthfeel, and light orange acidity. Mmm! But when we first debuted it in 2016, there were some very strong opinions. Some people thought it was fantastic and… others...

Carlos Rodriguez, Nelsy Castillo David and La Valentina

The story behind La Valentina. The latest coffee to grace our Micro-Lot range is an elegant little treasure from Honduras, which has been produced with expertise, care and love. The coffee was grown by Carlos Ernestor Mejia Rodriguez and his wife, Nelsy Castillo David, so it seemed only right that they name their farm and thus their coffee after their first daughter, Valentina. We caught up with Carlos to find out more about life as...

Jesus Mario Palacio and La Falda

Jesus Mario Palacio’s coffee dreams came true last year when Pact customers gave his coffee the highest approval rating in the history of our company. He had been involved in the production of Colombian coffee as man and boy; living through some dark days when his part of the country (the Antioquia region around Medellin) was home to the notorious drug gangs led by Pablo Escobar. Will, our Head of Coffee, first discovered La Falda...

Bernabe Aguilar and El Sapote

Talent Spotting One of the great joys of my role as Head of Coffee at Pact is seeing first hand the difference we can make...