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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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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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