Premium Coffee Culture since 1901

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We are excited to announce the opening of our US office!

For many years now, we have had good American customers and moved coffee directly from origin to the United States. Through our new US office we aim to better serve the needs of our customers across the pond.

New York has always been the epicentre of business creation and innovation. As a hub for finance, global and inclusive culture, with a rather it only seemed as the natural choice to start.

All the way from Melbourne, Australia, Sam began his coffee career in the central highlands of Vietnam. Lured by the bright lights of New York City, and the even brighter prospect of joining Europe's premier specialty merchant, List + Beisler, Sam is responsible for gearing-up L+B's sure-fire expansion into the North American market.

When not chasing the sun, waves, or playing golf, you'll find Sam hamming-it-up in the Hamptons social scene, tending his manicured lawn, or passionately explaining the difference between Rugby and Australian Rules Football - the actual game played in heaven!

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First Certified SCA Premier Training Campus in Germany

What is an SCA Premier Training Campus?

In short, an SCA member company or organization that has met all the requirements set forth by the SCA, and is thus certified to impart SCA-approved coffee education.

Campuses are located all over the world, with more being added to the list of campuses each year. In Germany, we are proud to be the first added to the list! As a campus, we strive to offer a unique experience when it comes to coffee education —all while showcasing commitment to standards of the educational experience.

As part of the certification process, we had Owen Thom visit our training facilities who shared his feedback with us:

keyboard_arrow_right"The classroom makes a very unique set up but one that is perfect and something that can be taken advantage of. Students have the chance to relax, as well and learn in a surround of peace, comfort and atmosphere."

keyboard_arrow_right"Overall List and Beisler have a great premise for green and sensory [Premium Training Center] status and meet all the necessary standards to have this."

If you would like to know more about Premier Training Campuses, you can check out the SCA website for more info on it ( https://sca.coffee/education/campuses/).

Why did we decide to become certified?
At List + Beisler we believe in fostering high coffee quality standards both within and outside. What that means is an explicit commitment to quality standards within the company, all whilst taking an outward and active approach to coffee education and its promotion. We want to equip ourselves so that we can empower others.

We do not play the part: we are serious about coffee and becoming certified was our way of materialising and publicly acknowledging our commitment to high coffee quality standards and education.

New Arrivals | MARCH 2018

Central American & East African are arriving

Panama

SHB Boquete

Boquete, the area in which this coffee grows, is located in the west of Panama near the Costa Rican border. The region is a beautiful valley at the foothills of the Barú volcano. Measuring 3,477 masl it is the highest mountain of the country. A river uniting several streams from the surrounding mountains, volcanic soil, constant rainfalls and predictable dry seasons as well as a moderate climate create perfect conditions for the cultivation of high quality coffees.

Since the late 18th century the Ruiz family, the producer of this coffee, has been dedicated to the cultivation of traditional coffee varieties and production methods that are adapted to the environmental requirements. Today the Fincas are operated by the third generation of this family.

Burundi

FW A Screen 15+ from the Cibitoke & Gitega Province

Originally introduced during the Colonial administration, coffee production represents around 67% of the small nation's export revenue. Having a coffee production that has shifted from private to public hands a few times and characterised by being mainly a country of smallholders, despite improvements, Burundi is still today a country with many challenges in the farmer movement. This time we are offering coffee from two provinces and they can be traced back to the Ntamba and Kibuye washing stations.

Rwanda

FW A Screen 15+ from Miteteli

Rwanda is a country full of diversity and rich in fertile lands. The whole country is set on a relatively high altitude, the lowest point being 950 meters above sea level. Earthy swamps and sunny savannahs prevail in the east, while the center is characterized by rolling hills. The west, however, lies within the Albertine Rift montane forests ecoregion with an abundance of wildlife. Lake Kivu is the largest lake in Rwanda that marks the western border with Congo. Rwanda truly is on the economic march and we are happy to offer you a coffee that excels in quality from this country on the rise.

At origin

Giving back to the people at origin

Back in February 2018, we visited the Sidamo coffee producing region together with our Ethiopian Partners, Moplaco. During this trip, besides visiting producers, we were introduced to one of the projects that Moplaco has developed in this region in collaboration with the local community: The Sergera Elementary School.

This school was built over 8 years ago and its intention was to create an environment that would encourage children to attend classes. Year by year, attendance has improved and now about 2000 children attend the school. Since its early beginnings, the school has significantly improved but as the people at Moplaco put it, "it is an ongoing feat".

The school operates on two shifts, morning and afternoon, in which 1000 children attend at a time. Currently, it has 10 classrooms of which only 2 have concrete floor, the remaining have a sandy dirt floor covered by wood straps. This type of flooring, although cheap is the perfect environment for fleas to nest, which represents a problem to already overcrowded classrooms.

At List + Beisler, we believe in fostering sustainable communities within the coffee industry. On this occasion, we have decided to collaborate with Moplaco and the Community of Sergera to help renovate further classrooms, improve the floors and walls as well as provide them with furniture, with the aim of creating a safer and healthier environment for the children; a space where they can learn and work in better conditions.

The project will span from March 2018 until December 2018 and during this time, we are tasked with managing the overall project design. Moplaco will collaborate as manager of the overall project while the community of Sergera will be involved as workers.

We believe that bettering the overall existing infrastructure will give children the opportunity to learn in proper conditions.

Stay tuned for updates on the project.

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Our Recap of the World of Coffee Amsterdam 2018

This Year, throngs of coffee lovers from around the world gathered in Amsterdam for the 2018 World of Coffee Expo, Europe's largest specialty coffee event.

As years and more WOC Expos go by, we notice that the event gets bigger and bigger. Our highlights outside RAI's convention halls include: experiencing an explosion of Amsterdam's coffee culture and seeing how the overall specialty scene is growing in Europe. The De Pijp area which not only hosted this year's Expo but also many small yet hip coffee-related events and well, the unbelievably sunny weather --- coming from a rainy city, this is always a plus to the List + Beisler Team.


Overall, we enjoyed seeing familiar and new faces, thanks to everyone who dropped by our booth. Here is a recap of our Expo highlights:

Cuppings:

We held a total of 6 cuppings during the trade show. We featured some new incoming coffees, such as our Ethiopian project coffee, which supports the remodelling of a local elementary school in Sergara, Ethiopia, one of the regions from where some of our Ethiopian coffee originates.


We were pleased to have people from all walks of coffee stepping in to cup coffees. From our own suppliers -which were very happy of course that we were showcasing their coffees- to new roasters looking to increase their coffee offerings for their customers.

Our Terrace:

One of the highlights for us was definitely having a container with an upper deck to provide a cozy space to chat and relax. We had many great conversations with suppliers, customers and other partners. A special feature of the L+B terrace was the TV with the FIFA World Cup on, our team was notably spirited during the Costa Rica vs. Brazil Game, with Robert (our German Tico) cheering for the Central American team and Jan (our German garoto) supporting the Brazilians.

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Solidarity with Volcano Victims

Following the unexpected eruption of Volcan de Fuego in the southern region of Guatemala on Sunday, June 3, over 1.7 million people have been affected, according to CONRED – Guatemala's National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction.


The affected area is also home to a large number of smallholder coffee farms. In fact, the Guatemalan National Coffee Association (Anacafé), estimates losses of roughly equivalent to 64,000 bags of green coffee (60kg), which is about 0.91% of the national harvest.


Within the affected regions of Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez and Escuintla, coffee is a significant source of livelihood. Funcafé, the Guatemalan Coffee Foundation for Rural Development, reports that there have been about 5000 families directly affected. The eruption has not only badly damaged their coffee crops but also hampered their food safety and access to basic needs for these families, such as education.


Some of our coffee partners have been seriously affected by the eruption, with some having lost their lives and others still missing.


A number of fundraising efforts have been put in place to provide relief to those affected. Through Anacafé and Funcafé, we have decided to donate and thus support the victims of the Volcan de Fuego Eruption. According to a press release by both organisations, in the short-term, donations will be used to meet immediate needs of victims and as the situation evolves, needs will be further evaluated to better allocate funds received.


As a trusted partner, List + Beisler fully supports Anacafé in this endeavour in helping the affected coffee producing regions recover from this tragedy. With our donation, we aim to support the efforts done in Guatemala by our esteemed coffee partners. We invite others to donate and support this endeavour in helping the affected areas. Donations can be made via Paypal here. Funcafé offers transparency of donations made upon request.


For any questions, feel free to get in touch with Alejandro Molina: Alejandro.aml@anacafe.org

Photo Credit: CONRED

Roasting Competition

Our secret Coffee for the Berlin Roasting Competition finally revealed

We would like to thank all participants at the Berlin Roasting Competition. None of the participants knew neither the origin nor the detailed quality description of the green beans. It was a truly fun experience with 11 top roasted coffees – all with unique roast profiles! Not an easy job for the judges to select the best cups... the winners are:


1. The Barn
2. Five Elephant
3. Buena Vida and Spring Roasters
4. Fjord and Qualia Caffe
5. K9 and 19grams
6. Bonanza / Rösttrommel
7. Populus


The secret of the "mystery coffee" is finally lifted: the green beans were Kivu 3s, coming from the Lubero and Bashu regions in northern Kivu (D.R. Congo) and produced by farmers belonging to the Kawa Kabuya Cooperative, winner of the Taste of Harvest competition 2017.
Further, we would also like to thank all visitors that came along our cupping sessions during the Berlin Coffee Festival. It was good meeting you there!

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Join our daily cuppings at COTECA Hamburg

We are happy to meet you for our cuppings and inspire you!

Where to meet us throughout the day: Coffee Campus

Cupping sessions:

Wed 10 Oct: 12:00 – 12:45
Cupping Room I

Thu 11 Oct: 16:00 – 16:45
Cupping Room II

Fr 12 Oct: 15:00 – 15:45
Cupping Room II

Please register here for tickets at COTECA.

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