Unpacking Coffee with Kandace and Ray: Benjamin Paz of San Vicente

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Benjamin Paz of Beneficio San Vicente (left) together with Xavier Alexander of Metric Coffee.

Whereas Unpacking Coffee has solely targeted on roasters since its debut, its 71st episode heads additional into the coffee chain as Kandace and Ray chat with famend Honduran coffee producer and exporter Benjamin Paz of Beneficio San Vicente.

Representing a 3rd technology within the Paz household to supply coffee within the Santa Barbara area, Paz has been an instrumental determine in rising the farming, buying and selling, milling and export enterprise, whereas connecting with roasters and importers of high-end specialty coffee everywhere in the world.

“We are attempting to collaborate with many farmers as a lot as we are able to, and assist them develop and get higher,” Paz informed Ok-Ray about San Vicente’s personal farm community. “It’s not solely my job. There’s a large group of individuals round this — like, all of the those who got here after we first obtained began and taught us how to do that experiment, [or] course of this manner, [or] dry this manner. We discovered from sharing.”

That spirit of interconnectedness applies by means of instances each good and unhealthy, as evidenced by Paz’s perspective on the continuing “C value” disaster. As of this writing, the Intercontinental Coffee Trade value for December futures contracts for industrial arabica coffee was a paltry USD$zero.981 per pound.

Paz famous that the much-sought-after high-end specialty coffees symbolize solely a portion of the coffee market, even in San Vicente’s personal enterprise.

“It’s unhappy that the industrial grade coffee doesn’t get the worth that it deserves,” Paz mentioned. “All of us perceive that the standard is certainly decrease, however on the identical time there are individuals producing this coffee with the identical volumes because the others, with the identical situations… These will not be being valued, they usually need to sacrifice loads of issues to be able to produce coffee.”

Kandace and Ray have far more with Paz, who’s joined within the interview by Chicago-based Metric Coffee Co-Founder Xavier Alexander, one in every of San Vicente’s common consumers:

Unpacking Coffee is a present discovering new coffee roasters one episode at a time led by Kandace and Ray of the Portland-based studio Needmore Designs, which makes a speciality of coffee, wine and life-style manufacturers.

Nick Brown
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