Welcome to the seventh episode of Taste of Harmons podcast! In this episode, we were able to sit down and chat with the Caffe Ibis Director of Coffee, Brandon Despain!
Brandon travels around the world for Caffe Ibis finding the best of the best to add to their coffee line. He is here to share the Caffe Ibis story, explain how coffee is produced, direct vs. fair trade and so much more. Take a listen!
Caffe Ibis's Story
What is fair trade?
Fair trade is one of the only independently verified certifications for coffee. It provides a safety net for the farmers and gives them a sense of empowerment. Fair trade gives the coffee communities a voice because they get to vote on what happens within fair trade.
Learn more about what causes Caffe Ibis supports and what they are doing in the community here.
On this episode, Brandon talks about the coffee farms and explains the process that the beans go through from start to finish. Take a look at the photos below to see what he’s talking about!
Want to know more about Brandon?
Brandon Despain is the Director of Coffee for Caffe Ibis. He has worked in coffee for 16 years as a barista, production assistant, roaster, coffee educator and green buyer. He won the 2015 United States Roasting Championship and is a certified Q-grader. Brandon spends most of his time at Caffe Ibis sourcing an amazing and diverse array of coffee, thinking about how to improve quality further (a job that never ends) and growing Caffe Ibis. His favorite coffees are naturals from any region.
You can find a variety of Caffe Ibis’s coffees here.