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Coffee with April Podcast Episode 17: Reflecting on the World Brewers Championship with Patrik Rolf

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Coffee With April Podcast Episode 16 - Exploring Modern Specialty Coffee From Brazil With Farmer Bruno Of Fazenda Esperança

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Bruno S Souza, owner of Fazenda Esperança    Introduction:Here at April we haven't work with Brazilian Coffee in a long time, the major reason for that being that we haven't been able to find the quality that we are looking for. We met Bruno four years ago during the Amsterdam Coffee Festival and ever since the first time we tried his coffee we realized that he was on to something really tasty. Four years later, tasting his coffee every season, we are now proud to announce that we are featuring his coffee as our Brazilian-partner farm.  We are even prouder for the opportunity to record this podcast episode together with him. Bruno is as passionate as they come and his experience and expertise are second to...

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Coffee with April Podcast Episode 15: A discussion about the need to redefine what Specialty Coffee is with Antoine Netien founder of Coutume Coffee Shop & Roastery in Paris

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Antoine Netien, founder of Coutume    Introduction:  It is hard to find a roastery/coffee shop founder more passionate about Green Coffee than Antoine. For as long as we known him his relationship with the producers he is working with and the approach to sourcing coffee have been inspiring.  We all have a lot to learn from Antoine and perhaps most importantly in this Episode we discuss the need to re-define what Specialty Coffee is - moving away from "the quality is in the cup" towards "it needs to be about the farmer.    In this Episode, we talk about:    - The start of Specialty Coffee - The story about Flat White  - Challenges and opportunities that come with starting your own company  - Coffee Roasting  - Green Coffee...

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Coffee with April Podcast Episode 14: A conversation about the challanges that comes with starting a Coffee Business with Francois Lafontaine founder of Café Capitale in Brussels

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Francois Lafontaine, owner, and founder of Café Capital   Introduction:  We have known Francois for many years now, and according to us, Café Capital has been the brightest shining start in terms of Coffee Quality in Belgium ever since.  This conversation came out of a three-day visit to Brussel which resulted in a  Coffee Tour around Belgium (Antwerpen, Gent & Brussel).  We met up with Francois is his newly opened Roastery just outside of the city center, and had a conversation about his decision to scale down his Coffee Business to fewer Coffee Shop in order to focus on what really matters for him, Coffee Quality.  It is an inspiring story and something we can all learn from. We hope you enjoy this Episode.  ...

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Coffee with April Podcast EPISODE 13: Learning about the Volcan Azul Coffee Farm in Costa Rica with farmer and owner ALEJO CASTRO

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Alejo Castro, owner and, the farmer of Volcan Azul   Introduction:  We have bought coffee from Alejo the last two seasons and will continue to do so in the future since we believe his families farm Volcan Azul produce some of the best coffee in Costa Rica.  This conversation is a unique insight into the mind of a modern coffee farmer. We talked about what challenges and opportunities they are facing today. As well as the long family tradition they have, with coffee trading records dating back as far as 200 years.  We are really happy to be able to share this talk with you.    In this Episode, we talk about:  - The history of Volcan Azul  - Traceability and quality when it...

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Coffee with April Podcast EPISODE 12: The story behind how KIDUK REUS started Bonanza Coffee Roasters in Berlin

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Kiduk Reus, founder of Bonanza   Introduction:  Bonanza has been playing a major role in the Berlin Coffee Scene for the last years. In fact, they were one of the first Specialty Coffee Roasteries in Europe. In this episode, Kiduk the companies founder share the interesting story behind how they started, and how they managed to establish them self as one of the leading Roasteries in Europe.    In this Episode, we talk about:  - The start-up process of Bonanza - Traceability and quality when it comes to green coffee  - How to build an iconic brand that stands the test of time   - Challenges and opportunities that come with starting your own company  - Coffee Roasting   - The future of coffee    Links,...

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Coffee with April Podcast EPISODE 11: A story about integrity, quality and pioneering Specialty Coffee in Berlin with RALF RÜELLER founder of the Barn Coffee Shops & Roastery

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Ralf Rüeller, founder of The Barn   Introduction:  Since we first decided to do this podcast we knew that Ralf would have to be in it. You simply don't do a Coffee Podcast about Business, Quality & Integrity without having him in it.   The Barn has been a big part of setting the standard for Specialty Coffee not just in Berlin but around the world. Their coffee shops are a must visit and their dedication to single origin coffee (only) is an achievement in itself.  Ralf and The Barn need to further introduction. This episode is a unique insight into Ralf as an Entrepreneur and Specialty Coffee ambassador - the story behind one of the most successful coffee brands in modern time.   ...

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Coffee with April Podcast Episode 10: A insight into the mind of Kapo Chiu founder of the Coffee Roastery Cupping Room from Hong Kong

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Kapo Chiu, founder of Cupping room (HK)    Introduction:  We were fortunate enough that Kapo had a trip scheduled to Copenhagen this summer and very happy when he said yes to being a part of the Podcast. Kapo has been a big inspiration over the last years and is really a complete Coffee Professional.    After he started Cupping Room in Hong Kong he has been a big part of setting a new standard for quality coffee, not just in his Coffee Shops but now also as a Coffee Roastery.    He has been competing in the World Barista Championship several times, latest winning the 3rd place in Korea 2017. He says his competition days are over and that he will now focus...

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Coffee with April Podcast Episode 9: The background story about how Stephen Leighton founder of HasBean started one of the most successful Coffee Roasteries in the world

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Stephen Leighton, founder of HasBean    Introduction:    I met up with Stephen at the Has Bean roastery in Stafford, outside of Manchester, where we spent the day together. For me, that trip has been something I always wanted to do, and it didn't disappoint.    Has Bean is a roastery that I think all of us have come across in one way or the other. They have done truly inspiring work over the years and will most likely continue to play a relevant role in the future.    Stephen is somewhat of a Coffee Mastermind when it comes to Entrepreneurship - even so, he wouldn't call himself an entrepreneur - but what struck me the most during my visit is how genuine...

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Coffee with April Episode 8: The story behind the most successful Coffee Magazine in the Specialty Coffee industry with Michal Molčan founder of Standart

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Michal Molčan, founder of the Standart Magazine    Introduction:  I met up with Michal during the World of Coffee event in Amsterdam. I knew from when we first decided to do this Podcast that Michal should be on it. He brings a unique perspective on our industry (The Coffee Industry) and something tells me he will play an important role in shaping its future.    He started one of the most successful Coffee Magazines of today without any background in Coffee or Publishing. That is a very impressive achievement in itself and after hearing the story behind it, it only gets better.    *During this episode, we are sitting on two sofas and unfortunately, the sound of us moving around is captured in the...

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