22 Nov

Bringing Back the Carmen

El Carmen lies in the heart of El Salvador’s main ‘protected highway’ of forest, a part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor System that stretches all the way from Mexico down to Panama. In El Salvador, where more than 80% of the country’s coffee is produced under shade, this eco-system is based mainly in the coffee forest.

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25 Sep

Sharing Profits with Our Farmers on National Coffee Day

Last year, Cartel decided to do something a little different than free coffee for customers on National Coffee Day. We thought it would be cool to reach out to the people on the other side of the coffee story. I started brainstorming ideas (and sending lots of emails) to see what that might look like.

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27 Dec

New Salvadoran Coffee — Carmen

San Diego? Nope. El Salvador. Its ok if you don't get the joke. But that is where in the world this Carmen is—at least, where it is from. Apaneca Ilamatepec, El Salvador to be exact.

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01 Dec

New Ethiopian Coffee — Kochere

We are big on origin stories at Cartel. We love to know the how, what, why, where, and especially the who of every coffee we carry. Well, how about the ultimate origin story? What about the actual story of coffee itself?

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29 Nov

Cartel Brings Back the Weithaga

Now available in our cafés and online store. We will be featuring coffee from the Weithaga washing station in Kahuro, Kenya for the second year in a row. Again, it is a coffee from many extremely small farms and consists of SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, an

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