Category Archives: WCRMembers

Welcome new member Batdorf & Bronson

In the final years of the twentieth century, there were only a handful of specialty coffee roasters in the Pacific Northwest. One of those companies believes that everyone deserves to drink specialty coffee, and to deliver on that promise the company has made the commitment to join World Coffee Research. “I’ve known Batdorf & Bronson for many years. They are the quintessential specialty coffee roaster placing extraordinary emphasis on quality and on producer livelihoods,” said Tim Schilling, Executive Director of World Coffee Research. “They have always been forward… Read More →

Like Arabica, coffee has a small family

One of Batdorf & Bronson’s baristas was a young woman working her way through college at Evergreen State College in Olympia. That barista was Lindsey Bolger and she has referred to it as “one of those strange twists of fate and opportunity that has influenced the rest of my life.”  Her academic career included Habitats and Political Economy and also Social Change, two programs that aligned with her work at Batdorf & Bronson where she would go from barista to roast master and green coffee buyer, and eventually… Read More →

New members and partners

More coffee companies that want to help sustain the supply of high quality coffee have stepped forward to support WCR research. Two Genesis donors who helped fund the start-up of World Coffee Research recently renewed their memberships, La Marzocco and Kyokuto Fadie Corporation.  A new member and the first member from Myanmar, is Genius Coffee.        

Welcome to Volcafe

Volcafe Specialty Coffee has a long history in coffee that dates back to 1851 when two brothers began a trading company that included a coffee venture in India. From that beginning, Volcafe Specialty Coffee was established in 2001, dedicated to sourcing and promoting the production of high quality and single origin coffees from smallholders, cooperatives and estates worldwide. They actively seek to promote, encourage and assist in ecological and sustainable coffee production, and chose recently to support World Coffee Research through the Check-Off program.

Welcome to Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters

The Dancing Goats Coffee Bar in Olympia, Washington is a nearly historic coffee business, which came to life in 1988, before the Pacific Northwest became home to the coffeehouse boom. It was started by Larry and Cherie Challain and was the beginning of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters.

Welcome to Reunion Island Coffee

WCR welcomes Reunion Island Coffee as a new member. Reunion Island Coffee was founded in 1995 by Peter Pesce, who is a past Chairman of the Coffee Association of Canada and has played a key role in the development of the national specialty coffee market. It is a family business, and now Adam Pesce continues the family business.

Café Imports Checks-Off for WCR

Café Imports, green coffee importers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is now taking part in the WCR Check-Off program for roasters and importers. The Check-Off program makes it possible for every roaster and importer, no matter how small, to support the research being done by WCR. For more information about how you can make a difference with the Check-Off program, see this page.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters sourcing solutions

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has been an active player in addressing the recent rust crisis in Latin America, but as Lindsey Bolger tells Global Coffee Review, the company must also protect its own supplies in times such as this. As the person in charge of sourcing strategies for the largest sellers of specialty coffee in the US, Lindsey Bolger makes it her business to anticipate potential supply problems. However, while the Vice President of Coffee Sourcing and Excellence for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) has spent more than… Read More →

2012-2013 Annual Report now available

The 2012-2013 Annual Report is at press and soon will be mailed out. Until that time, an electronic version is available. WCR activities, projects, and milestones are fully detailed.  

WCR publishes Spanish, English final reports on First International Coffee Rust Summit

                  Click the images above to be redirected to English and Spanish versions of the final report detailing findings and outlining resolutions produced by the First International Coffee Rust Summit in Guatemala City mid-April 2013. The Summit, funded by Green Mountain Coffee, Starbucks, R&G Coffee, ECOM, ANACAFE and USAID was held by World Coffee Research and Promecafe in April at ANACAFE in Guatemala City as a response to the coffee rust epidemic that has devastated Central America since harvests began… Read More →