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Today is the final day of our 8th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop.

Our hosts--our friends at Coopedota, and everyone we have engaged with in Costa Rica for that matter--have been gracious at every turn, generous to a fault and filled with insight, a big part of the E in this year’s ECW.

Parting is always such sweet sorrow, but we have a few more items on the agenda today before we say goodbye to our friends.

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It is Day 3 of ECW 8 in Costa Rica.

Our day begins in the Coopedota lab, where we will spend the morning cupping with our partners. This morning’s exercise will highlight the impact of high moisture content on cup quality to reinforce one of the quality control priorities for the 2017 crop year: dialing in the drying process to achieve low and narrower moisture ranges for our coffees. Besides, you can never do too much calibration with your supply chain partners.

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On Day two of our eighth annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop, we will narrow the focus of our agenda to just two items: the mill and the model.

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Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability


Today our 8th annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop gets underway in Costa Rica.

We aren’t storming into coffee fields, wading into washing tanks or mounting an ambitious cupping exercise to inaugurate this year’s ECW. Instead, we are sharing some great coffee with old friends and settling in for thought-provoking presentations by three experts from World Coffee Research.

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Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Beginning this afternoon, my colleagues and I will be receiving friends from all over the world in Costa Rica for the eighth edition of our annual Extraordinary Coffee Workshop.

I have been at Intelligentsia for barely three months, but I have been watching the evolution of ECW with great interest for years and working with growers who have had the exceptional good fortune to participant. So when a colleague asked me recently to summarize ECW, I suggested it could be synthesized into three Cs.

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By Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Years ago I heard someone draw a distinction between luck and serendipity. Luck, he said, is just that: an accident. Dumb luck. Serendipity, on the other hand, is a particular kind of luck, and there is nothing dumb about it. Serendipity, he suggested, is the luck that comes about as the result of careful planning and hard work.

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By Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability

Nearly seven years ago, in early 2010, my colleague Geoff Watts wrote five lines that cast a long shadow over years of debate in specialty coffee over the proper role of naturals, or dry-processed coffees.

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By Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Sustainability
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In honor of National Coffee Day, we're offering to all our fans and subscribers free shipping on all orders over $25. Enjoy free shipping on any coffee, tea or merchandise products for all orders today! Happy National Coffee day and enjoy some coffee with your friend!

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What does it take to create something that truly deserves to be called special? We know that it requires careful, deliberate, and unrelenting effort. Making coffees that are extraordinary in every way is an endless challenge, and is only possible when there is real collaborative effort between farmers, roasters and baristas.

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