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Cocotu founder Rudy Guisbert interview

After 14 years of being a Systems Administrator, Cocotu (Rudy) decided that he needed a break from the routine and quit his job to travel to Latin America.

Listen to interview using the link below.

This journey allowed him to meet beautiful people, explore amazing sites and venture into the most extraordinary coffee farms. Rudy found something in common that unites most Latino countries, this is called coffee. Rudy developed a strong bond with a number of farmers and producers across several Latin American countries such as Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The more he connected with these farmers, the more he felt responsible for sharing their stories and product with the world.

Now Rudy is an exclusive coffee merchant, he brings coffee directly from small coffee farms in Latin America. Rudy works only in small batches of top-quality beans. The product comes in ready to sell, all the roasting, packaging, and branding is done in Latin America. Rudy is now proud of his company Cocotu because he’s able to offer chemical-free, exclusive coffee beans that are produced through sustainable means.

Listeners, Rudy tells us how he went from working in Corporate America to creating the business of his dreams by traveling to South America.

I hope you get inspired with this one and share it if you think someone you know needs this message.

A special thanks to Cafe con Pam for this amazing interview!

Coffee news, dominican republic

History Summary of Dominican Republic and Coffee

The island of Hispaniola is split into two parts, Haiti to the west and Dominican Republic to the east. The population of the eastern half of the half, the Spanish-speaking half, is nearly 11 million, and the land area is just under 19,000 square miles. There are an abundance of economic opportunities in the Dominican Republic, and the country today boasts the largest economy in the entire Caribbean. It was here that Christopher Columbus landed in December 1492, encountering the Taino people, who had called the island home since the 600s. Cuba and Puerto Rico are close by, and to the northwest, swim or fly far enough, you will eventually run into Florida. This is an island nation that is proud of its bustling economy but also recognized worldwide for its idyllic beach scenes that draw in sunbathers and vacationers looking to slow down and enjoy life as it comes.

The climate is decidedly tropical in Dominican Republic, tropical cyclones hitting the country every couple of years, the majority along the southern coast. From November to January, the wet season brings torrential rainfalls, and in the mountainous areas, cold temperatures are possible. Across most of the landscape, though, warm, humid air is the norm. Constanza Valley, Los Haitises National Park, the Caribbean Coastal Plain, these are the landscapes you are likely to see printed on a postcard and sold in Santo Domingo.

If you want to see just what Dominican culture stands for, check out the National Palace in the capital. Governed by a strong, multi-party political system, Dominican Republic holds elections every two years and presidential elections every four years, a system that Americans will find familiar.

When the Dominican Republic, then a nation named for its capital as Santo Domingo, declared its independence in 1821, unification of the island of Hispaniola was considered an important goal. By 1838, however, opinions had shifted, and Juan Pablo Duarte founded La Trinitaria, a secret society intended to declare an independent Santo Domingo without foreign assistance. This movement was successful, leading to a succession of leaders throughout the 19th century. In 1930 Rafael Trujillo came to power, ruling Santo Domingo autocratically until 1961, at which time Juan Bosch became the first democratically elected president of the island nation in more than three decades. The story of democracy and representative government in the Dominican Republic is a thrilling one, symbolic of the constant struggle between those who would horde power for themselves and those who would distribute it justly. To visit the Dominican Republic is to experience this history for yourself.

In the mountainous regions of Dominican Republic, arabica coffee dominates the coffee industry, which is based mainly in the highland regions of the island. First introduced to the island in 1715, coffee is today the crop favored by farmers throughout the country.

You taste the coffee, you play spectator to the history – this is the wonder of being in Dominican Republic, and at the end of it all, take in the beach scenes that the country is famous for!

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Japanese coffee culture

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In Japan, the good cafes thrive. There is a reason for this; it’s no mystery. The people of Japan have a habit of rewarding good cafes, seeking them out, spreading the word about them, making sure that they get a lot of business. In a way, this system may seem like commonsense, the sort of thing that everyone should be doing, but it is a habit that is endemic to Japan. There is a booming specialty coffee culture in Japan, booming because of the value that the people of Japan place on specialty coffee. It’s a cyclical process: prize good coffee, get good coffee, prize good coffee, get good coffee on and on, over and over.

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In America, on the other hand, there is no such culture. People in the US do not go out of their way to find great coffee or specialty cafes, at least not on a large scale, so good cafes tend to rise and fall rather quickly. Even in the biggest cities, you are much more likely to come across a chain, say a Starbucks or a Dunkin Donuts, than you are a specialty coffee shop that is turning a healthy profit. The reason? The American people aren’t rewarding good cafes in the same way that the Japanese people are.

Coffee makers, Coffee news

Video how the All-in-one coffee maker works

I’m very happy to offer you the first All-In-One coffee maker. Perfect for hikers, outdoor lovers and when on vacations. Now available at cocotu.com. This coffee maker is a perfect holiday gift! Watch the video below to learn more how it works. Place your order by clicking on this link: https://cocotu.com/product/all-in-one-coffee-maker/

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The world’s first portable coffee maker now available at cocotu.com

I’m excited to host this amazing product in cocotu.com. This is our first coffee maker partner. This incredible all-in-one coffee maker makes life easier for coffee lovers on the road, office or at home.

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The world’s first portable pour-over coffee maker reflecting an intuitive and epoch-making all-in-one design. It can stimulate and boost up the sales of coffee beans as we address to enjoy specialty coffee everywhere with Cafflano® Klassic; home, office, school, car, outdoor, and etc. Preparing all necessary brewing kits costs much and troublesome when trying to enjoy coffee outdoor; Cafflano® Klassic is affordable and its light weight ensures maximum portability, removing hassle of packing.

All-in-one coffee maker

It consists of coffee grinder that has a foldaway conical burr ceramic hand-mill, dripping kettle, dripper, server, etched stainless filter and tumbler, and all of those components are integrated into a single assembling unit. Wherever you are, with Cafflano® Klassic, whole beans and hot water, you can easily and conveniently make fresh and tasty coffee of your own. The best way to have great coffee is to grind freshly roasted beans and brew right before you enjoy it; and Cafflano® Klassic is the one that enables it. It is neither battery-operated nor needs electricity, but totally environment-conscious with its permanent etched stainless filter.

Buy now!

This portable all-in-one coffee maker is a great gift for the holidays! Why wait for the last day? Place your order today at cocotu.com.

 

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The New York Coffee Festival

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It was a blast participating in The New York Coffee Festival this weekend. There were about 100 exhibitors, presentations about the amazing coffee culture in New York and many major cities in the United States and of course lots of great coffee.

One of my favorite parts was the ‘Sensory Experience’. This experience placed visitor’s senses to the test. They were divided into groups of 6 and placed in small rooms without any distractions. One of the main experiences was coffee aged in rum, whiskey and Chardonnay barrels. This gave coffee unique flavors and allowed visitors to learn to identify these aromas and fragrances.

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