Where do you source coffee?

April 16, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Coffee

I received an email yesterday from a woman who lives in Chandler, AZ and has a goal of importing coffee from her family’s coffee farm in Brasil (in the Alta Mogiana region, in the south of Minas Gerais). It sounds like up until now, they haven’t imported any coffee to the states.

She wants to introduce her families coffee to Arizona by importing and roasting, but isn’t sure if she should use a green coffee importer to bring the coffee here, or do that herself. She’s also interested in finding a local roaster that can roast and label her coffee, and guide her in the right direction.

What advice would you give to someone in her shoes? What questions would you ask?

The Coffee Trafficker

April 4, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Coffee

coffee consultingI’m welcoming a new sponsor on Arizona Coffee today: The Coffee Trafficker. This is the consulting side of Tom Maegdlin’s business. Tom is the founder of Hansa Coffee Roasters in Libertyville, IL. At one point, Tom was a local barista / store manager for a coffee shop here in Phoenix.

I asked Tom to provide a little background on The Coffee Trafficker:

I starting seeing huge demand for coffee consulting shortly after opening Hansa Coffee Roasters in Libertyville, IL. Surprisingly, most of the demand was coming from out of state, especially people starting coffee shops in Arizona and California.

Starting a coffee shop can be terrifying. Although a business background is important, it does not always translate into success in specialty coffee. My expertise is centered around:

  • hansa coffeeBusiness Plan Consultation
  • Site selection
  • Menu Design and Redesign
  • Logo, Branding, and Marketing Strategy
  • Coffee Shop Construction Critique
  • Operations and Efficiency
  • Barista Training and Latte Art techniques
  • Zoning and Health Department Troubleshooting
  • Equipment selection and procurement
  • Coffee Roaster Training
  • Wholesale Strategy and Operations
  • Point of Sale Architecture

I also am working with local Arizona coffee roasters to maintain a local roaster to partner with in their venture. It is important to make sure to keep that business inside the state.

Thanks for being a sponsor, Tom!

What coffee shop am I visiting?

March 27, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Coffee

In another edition of my ongoing series… where am I? Leave a comment below.


Flagstaff Latte Art Throwdown

March 18, 2014 Posted by Chris Tingom Filed under Events, Flagstaff

Our friends at Firecreek Coffee Company are hosting an event for the general public and for baristas and coffee professionals. The event is going to be held on March 30, 2014 at their location in Flagstaff, AZ. Signup is from 6:00 pm to 6:30, and the competition begins at 7 pm.

Flagstaff Latte Art Throwdown

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