I may be speaking out of turn here, so Geoff or Duane feel free to put me in my place...
One of the goals of small axe is to have a number of smaller roasters/retailers work together to become a more powerful and driving force at these auctions. Giving people a chance to sample coffees that they might not otherwise be able to. I don't see any reason that Geoff or anyone involved in small axe would be opposed to you joining them in the next auction. If you're interested in quality and great coffees, then i think you would be a perfect match for S.A. give one of them a call or email. I'm sure they'd love to talk. If you need contact info, PM me
MarkP wrote:The fact is, with CoE and Best of Panama and the eCafe auctions, etc etc, there's a LOT of good coffees in those auctions - even the ones down in the $5 or less category.
Steve wrote:I've thrown this one around in my head for a while and I suppose the problem in my head is the logistics of splitting a lot between two continents and how we would go about it. I guess the answer is to talk to the Geoff and Duane to see if I'm placing barriers that don't need to be there.
As an eg, Larry at Rocket scored one of the Best of Panamas, and he's very happy because out of all the samples, it was the one *he* wanted as a roaster. It's not one of the top coffees in the cupping (it was the Organic Cafe' Kotowa Duncan), but it was the one he wanted. He scored it through Volcafe, which I assume was doing a group bid, or had pre-set what coffees their buyers wanted. A respectable $6.15 a lb
Steve, I'll also argue that getting first place shouldn't necessarily be too important for a micro roaster such as yourself. The fact is, with CoE and Best of Panama and the eCafe auctions, etc etc, there's a LOT of good coffees in those auctions - even the ones down in the $5 or less category.
Our current COE Brazil - Fazenda Santa Terezinha was a sleeper in the auction, coming in at 23rd. It's truly amazing.
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