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A Supply Chain Map of the Farm to Fork Organic Food Festival

Farm to Fork Organic Food Festival (September 24-25) Here in Toronto, and all over the world, a Farm to Fork style of supply chain is emerging in order to satisfy the demand for better-quality, fresh and organic food. In helping to build and solidify this supply chain community, we're taking part...
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Rwandan Coffee Project Update + Coffee Tasting Event

The Rwandan Coffee Project is a brand new adventure for us; aimed at investing in an ethical and environmentally sound specialty coffee industry in Rwanda. Last year, we sampled 11 different high-quality coffees from Rwanda (pictured above) and now Assadou is back with new harvest samples! Why...
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Behind Scenes with Merchants of Green & The Fair Trade Show

Fair Trade Show Founder, Rafik Riad An Alliance Forged by Great Coffee & Circumstance Rafik laughs, shakes his head, agrees he was later than some to catch on. “I’ve been part of the Canadian Fair Trade community since 2012, so of course I kept hearing about Merchants of Green Coffee....
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Our Alchemy of Brewing Coffee Workshop

Unveiling the Simplicity of Brewing Great Coffee at Home Despite how easy it is to brew exceptional coffee at home without any fancy coffee equipment, people are made to believe that they have to invest in specialized products and techniques to make even mediocre cups. This is because the...
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Our Strategy for Addressing Climate Change

"Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often."—Mark Twain While Twain's tragic comedy rings true, we're into the idea of answering its challenge. And since it just feels natural for us to want to do something about climate change, Cafe Solar is our way of acting to address the...
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Coffee Roasting Workshop Happening this Weekend!

All About the Art of Roasting In this workshop, we demonstrate a variety of home-roasting methods while teaching you everything you need to know about roasting your own coffee. If you're new to roasting coffee, you can expect a very full education that will give you confidence and improve your...
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The Ethiopian Ambassador Visits Our Shop!

Many interesting people seem to drop by our shop, but this Sunday (Sept. 27th) we were surprised by an extra special, and even historic guest. The Ethiopian ambassador to Canada, who happens to be a woman named Birtukan Ayano Dadi, stopped by for a fresh cup and a chat about, well ......
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Cafe Solar has Arrived (at last!)

It wasn’t easy, but we did it! “Every hurdle that you could possibly face was thrown at this coffee’s arrival,” says Derek, who’s been working non-stop to make this container a reality. That’s right, a full container of coffee (37,500lbs)—but not just any coffee—this one is...
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Coffee Workshops for the Discerning Coffee-Lover

At the core of Merchants of Green Coffee is education. It's an intrinsic value we hold, one which invigorates our day-to-day activities. We also hold coffee workshops and they're far from your typical exercise in coffee culture. Our Teaching Style If you're seeking a true understanding of...
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A Weekly Chronicle of Our Sustainable Cafe Solar Harvest ..

Ever wonder exactly how your coffee makes it from the mountainsides of faraway tropical countries all the way to your favourite mug? If you did, than you’re in luck. This year, we’re publishing a weekly story that follows Cafe Solar; our solar-dried, single-origin, Honduran coffee’s...
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Coffee Brewing 101: The Science Behind Extraction

Coffee is the most complex beverage in existence. With 800-1200 different flavour components, its spectrum is even more diverse than wine. These flavour components (or molecules) are locked inside the bean and released by extraction when we brew. In other words, when brewing coffee all we're...
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Climate Drives Coffee Prices Up

World coffee prices have nearly doubled this year due to climate-driven causes. The first major cause is dry weather in Brazil, which is where one-third of the world's coffee comes from. (See Wall Street Journal) The second, is coffee roya (or "leaf rust"), which is a fungal disease caused by...
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How to Brew the Best Coffee with Steep & Filter

It’s not pour over, it’s not espresso, and it’s definitely not pods. Steep & filter is a completely unique way of brewing rich and flavourful cups of coffee, and it doesn’t require any expensive equipment. This simple and intuitive brewing method has been developed organically (by...
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Taste Coffee Like a Pro: It Starts with Body and Acidity

“Distinguishing ‘body’ and ‘acidity’ is the most important part of cupping and tasting.” —Derek Zavislake, co-founder of Merchants of Green Coffee What are Coffee Connoisseurs Really Talking About? While coffee can encompass, at minimum, 800 flavour components, the two major...
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5 Reasons To Love Farmers’ Markets

We favour farmers' markets over all else and here's why: 1. They Foster a Sense of Local Community Meeting new people and making new friends comes naturally on a warm, summer day at any farmers' market. They're a place to enjoy a slice of small-town life in the big city. Whether you're a...
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We’re at Toronto Farmers’ Markets!

We love our coffee farmers, so it should come as no surprise that we're all about our local farmers' markets! Every weekend we pack our coffee wares and set up shop in the great outdoors alongside our friends, farmers and fellow foodies. Catch us brewing coffee and peddling beans and coffee trees...
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How to Care for a Coffee Tree

Spring has finally arrived, and so has our first shipment of coffee trees! These cute little seedlings make excellent houseplants that can live outside during the warm summer months. At $10 a pop, you get a cupful of sprouted coffee trees and a new means of connecting with coffee. At MGC, we pride...
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Is Your Coffee Genetically Modified?

A Google search on “GMO Coffee” yields the opposite of enlightenment. In step with the world’s absence of GMO-labelling, the answer to whether or not the coffee we drink could be genetically modified is not readily available to the public. Here's the Information that is Available With...
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We’re Competing in this year’s Live Green Toronto awards!

Hey everyone! If you love us and our sustainable coffee initiatives, check out our video entry for this year's Live Green Toronto awards. We introduce, Cafe Solar, the first coffee to the processed using clean energy from solar panels. It's saving 7.5 football fields worth of forest each year....
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Sam Managed to Open Our Safe!

Sam managed to open our safe! @greenspeckfrogs what was the secret? He got a free hot chocolate for his trouble! pic.twitter.com/pmrRBxVo
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