“Slurp, ahh, ohh, eww.” Finca Nueva Be...

“Slurp, ahh, ohh, eww.” Finca Nueva Berlin at Ultimo Coffee

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From Phil Proteau:

On January 20th, at approximately 2pm, Ultimo Coffee Bar in South Philly featured the first ever (that we know of) North American grown and processed coffee to be retailed in a coffee shop.  This mini micro lot from Finca Nueva Berlin, grown by producer Daryn Berlin, was raised with careful and meticulous cultivation techniques in his living room in Durham, N.C.  Trading this scant crop totaling 1oz of roasted beans for $1.50, Daryn Berlin and Aaron Ultimo also made the history books by engaging in the most direct of Direct Trade ever possible in the coffee industry.  The coffee was passed directly from grower/producer/roaster to buyer/retailer/barista in the very coffee shop in which it was to be consumed.  It was my distinct honor to buy that cup, which retailed for $3.25, which I then shared with the whole gang.

Curious techniques involved mouth depulping, kitchen sink washing and windowsill drying. Is Kopi Berlin next?

Read more at…

Counter Culture Coffee Philadelphia Blog – Made in the U.S.A.


  1. seth lester

    27 January

    It seems to be a little out-of-date, but I believe Mr Berlin chronicled (to some extent) the earlier days of his coffee’s production on the following blog:

    (But I could totally be wrong.)

  2. Anonymous

    22 January

    Is that Edwin Martinez?

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  4. Jordan

    22 January

    Berlin! Best dressed man in coffee.

  5. MKS

    22 January

    Daryn only eats the ripest cherries.

  6. anne

    21 January

    at last! the long await mini micro lot Finca Neuva Berlin arrives. if it had gone to auction, i predict it would have reached as high as $2.25 maybe $2.50 for that ounce. MANY of us had awaited it’s arrival. Any insights on how it was roasted?

  7. sprudge

    21 January

    Hawaii doesn’t count.

  8. Phil Proteau

    21 January

    Oops, out of sight out of mind. Yes Hawaii counts, I’ll amend that to “continental USA”.

    Thanks Brad

  9. Brad

    21 January

    “first ever (that we know of) North American grown and processed coffee to be retailed in a coffee shop”

    Does Hawaii not count?

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