Five Questions With Shawn Hamilton – ecoGrounds Green Coffee Buyer & Master Roaster

1. As the Green Coffee Buyer for ecoGrounds you have the opportunity to travel to different coffee regions in the world. Can you tell us a little bit about the regions you buy coffee from?

Most of the coffees I buy for ecoGrounds come from Central and South America.
In general these coffees are typically washed (a process that happens after the coffee is picked) so they tend to have a bright acidity, light to medium body, and a lot of subtle nuances like nuttiness and chocolate.

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Our Roasting Headquarters

We continuously strive to be more socially responsible by reducing our waste, reprocessing everything we can, and recycling all reclaimable items at our roasting and distribution headquarters.

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Materials

All of the materials utilized in the construction of our modular cafés utilize a variety of sustainable finishes and materials. Beginning with the front counter surfaces that are constructed from the non-edible portion of corn stalks after harvesting, all of the vertical and horizontal finished surfaces are constructed from a combination of FSC certified, post-consumer recycled, rapidly renewable, and/or post-industrial scrap materials.

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Origin Stories #1

Your purchase of ecoGrounds coffee contributed to providing doctors and medical treatment to this community in Copán, Honduras.

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Origin Stories #2

Your purchase of ecoGrounds coffee contributed to providing educational opportunities to this community in Copán, Honduras.

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Exploring Certifications: Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade Month and a reminder that every purchase we make as a consumer, from bananas to flowers to coffee, has the potential to make a positive impact on the life of a farmer. We know you might recognize the certification logo from our coffee bags, but how much do you know about Fair Trade?

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Coffee Chaff

Coffee chaff is one of the recurring waste byproducts of roasting that we repurpose.

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Notes From Origin: Nicaragua Part One

Notes From Origin is a behind the scenes look into the travels of our Green Coffee Buyer and Master Roaster, Shawn Hamilton. Follow along as he visits farms, cups coffees, and builds relationships with farmers.

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Origin Stories #3

Your purchase of ecoGrounds coffee contributed to providing higher incomes for small farmers in this community in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Origin Stories #4

Your purchase of ecoGrounds coffee contributed to providing a uterine cancer detection program in this community in Peru.

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Origin Stories #5

Your purchase of ecoGrounds coffee contributed to providing access to clean drinking and household water in Jumaytepeque, Guatemala.

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Origin Stories #6

Your purchase of ecoGrounds coffee contributed to creating economic diversification programs for coffee farmers and community members in Copan, Honduras.

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