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Green Mission: Working Towards Sustainable Coffee

Is sustainable coffee possible? It takes a lot of people, resources, and energy to get coffee from where it’s grown on a farm to your morning cup. Just because coffee has a long journey, doesn’t mean we can’t practice a sustainable model in the process. From working with our farmers,...

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Non-GMO Coffee: Behind the Certification

When genetically modified foods were introduced in the late 90s, an initial wave of popularity was supported by a positive narrative from brands and farmers incorporating GMO foods into their offerings. In 2007, the non-GMO project was created, a certification that gave consumers seeking food that comes from the ground,...

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Fair Trade Coffee: Behind the Certification

Fair Trade Certified™ Coffee The Fair Trade Certified™ seal represents a wide range of products today, but their founding mission was to increase income for coffee farmers. We have partnered with Fair Trade USA for nearly 15 years and continue to increase our offerings of Fair Trade Certified coffee every...

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Korakundah Project: Building A School With Our Partners

  In the mountains of Southern India, The United Nilgiri Tea Estates (UNITEA) has grown black teas since 1922. We started working with them in 2009 and shortly after became a partner in the Korakundah Project, helping them build a school in their community. Prior to the project, the children...

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Responsible Sourcing Initiative at Allegro Coffee

  Building thriving and transparent coffee supply chains As pioneers in specialty coffee, we have always believed that where your coffee comes from matters. This simple founding ethic still guides us today. But, it’s about more than just great tasting coffee. It’s also about fairness to farmers, healthy ecosystems, and...

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The Specialty Coffee Transaction Guide

  In specialty coffee, there is a growing conversation from industry professionals surrounding how much is paid for a pound of green (unroasted) coffee and if that price is enough to sustain not only the individual farmer, but the future of the industry. At Allegro Coffee, we are always asking...

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Organic Ethiopia Shakisso

  Our Small Batch Organic Ethiopia Shakisso is more than a great cup of coffee from Ethiopia’s renowned Guji region, it’s the product of a 15 year relationship. Supporting a passionate farmer for years, watching them grow and improve the quality of their coffee. Ethiopia is known as the birthplace...

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Bird Friendly Coffee: Behind the Certification

Bird Friendly Coffee   There are 3 billion fewer migratory songbirds now than there were in 1970. A range of different threats are responsible for the decrease in bird populations—one of those threats is coffee farming. The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center developed the Bird Friendly® coffee certification after years of...

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Organic Coffee: Behind the Certification

Organic Coffee In 1986, Allegro Coffee became one of the first roasteries to offer Certified Organic coffee. Now, 60-70% of the coffee we roast is organic. With each new year, we source more organic coffee, deepening our support of producers who share our commitment to protect our planet while creating...

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The Difference in Decaf: Swiss Water Process

  When it comes to decaf, the Swiss Water® Process is the gold standard. If you're a decaf drinker, or even if you're not, you should know the difference in decaf. There are two ways to decaffeinate coffee, with chemicals and with the Swiss Water® Process. All Allegro decaf coffees use...

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A Guide to Our Small Batch Coffee Series

  Why Small Batch? Sometimes we come across a coffee that is so spectacular and unique, but only available in small quantities. We decided to create a whole line dedicated to these exceptional coffees. They are rare, unexpected, and totally worth a try. Introducing our Small Batch lineup - one...

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Visiting Papua New Guinea to Source Coffee

Our sourcing team is constantly traveling all over the world to find new and exciting coffees. Recently, one of our coffee buyers, Josemaria, took a trip to Papua New Guinea, one of the most remote and exotic coffee producing countries in the world. He had a great time and told...

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Q&A with Our Director of Sourcing, Christy Thorns

From “flavor dog” to Director of Sourcing, Christy Thorns has seen a lot of change at Allegro (and the whole coffee industry) since she started at our headquarters back in ’94. She’s been a true pioneer in the coffee world and we had a chance to sit down and ask...

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Galapagos La Tortuga: The Islands of Turtles and Coffee

  Two years ago, our release of Galapagos La Tortuga was so delicious, we had to bring it back again. We roasted this year's lot to bring out the notes of salted caramel, sweet spice, and lime- creating a truly unique cup. What makes this coffee even more remarkable is...

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The Women Behind Our Rwanda Hingakawa

The word Hingakawa means “let’s grow coffee” - but there’s much more to this saying than just coffee. It’s a symbol of the resilience these women coffee farmers demonstrated after surviving years of tragedy in Rwanda. Banding together to create something good out of something terrible with Rwanda Hingakawa coffee....

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Origin Stories: Organic Mexico La Corona de Chiapas

Allegro Coffee has been purchasing from the GRAPOS (Grupos de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentable S.C) cooperative since 2017. GRAPOS is a cooperative of 2,830 members in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico. GRAPOS started in 2007 with 90 producers and has grown steadily over the years. Their focus...

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Peru Finca Churupampa - Farm & Family

Our latest Small Batch Limited Edition coffee is Peru Finca Churupampa. It hails from the mountainous reaches of Northern Peru, near the town of Chirinos in the province of San Ignacio. Once a remote and not easily accessed part of the country, the area's high elevations, desirable varieties and ideal...

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Sumatra Lake Toba - A Unique Sense of Place

By Jess Brooks - Coffee Buyer & Supply Chain Manager I remember teaching Coffee Basics classes to Allegro Coffee team members 10 years ago. As a trainer, it was my job to share a taste of place through flavor profiles from the different coffee growing regions. I always enjoyed tasting...

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Small Batch Limited Edition - Brazil Matão Honey

We're proud to feature a remarkable group of women for our next Small Batch Limited Edition Series release, Brazil Matão Honey. The Matão Mulheres do Café group is composed of 24 women members in the southern state of Parana, Brazil. The group formed in 2013 with just 12 members. When...

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Smiles, Road trips, Children, Watermelon, Commitment

Someone might ask what these five words have in common. For me, these five words are a common link between all the countries that I travel to as a tea and coffee buyer for Allegro Coffee Company. Smiles Smiles are how we communicate with each other when we are not...

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Inside the Travel Backpack of Coffee Buyer, Kelly

What’s in my travel backpack? My list of important items in my backpack for international travel to coffee and tea growing regions One of the joys (and job requirements) as a tea and coffee buyer for Allegro Coffee Company is visiting our suppliers to strengthen our relationships at origin. Oftentimes...

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Small Batch Mexico Finca La Cuesta

Our Small Batch Limited Edition Series highlights a rotation of unique and new coffees from producers demonstrating exceptional quality and innovation. Our sourcing team uncovered our most recent release, Mexico Finca La Cuesta, from Mexico's southern state of Veracruz. There is some dispute about the history of how coffee first...

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