At an industry meeting in May 2007, I learned that coffee is grown in Nepal. This was surprising to me, given how far north Nepal is situated. Apparently Nepal exports about 40 tons of coffee a year, which is spit in the ocean of specialty coffee, mostly from small farmers in several regions. I sampled it then (likely the 2006 crop), and found it to be just average. Subsequently, other roasters I respect reported similar findings. I never thought much about it again. Till last week.
Last week, I received an email from an organization called Java International, representing Nepal coffee, tea and cardamom. They have a representative visiting the U.S. the week of September 15, and I invited that rep to spend part of a day at the roastery with us, cupping their coffee, and educating us on tea and cardamom, which I would like to offer if it’s good and the logistical details can be worked out.
While we don’t yet have a precise date or time that week for Suroj’s visit, I want to extend an invitation to our customers to join us for a visit and cupping with Suroj. We can’t accomodate an army, but it might not be unreasonable to try to accomodate 10 or 12 people.