African Coffees for the Fall

Why can African coffees be so difficult to source and maintain? There are companies out there that specialize in only offering coffees from Africa and yet, especially in the United States, those companies seem far and few between. Firelight has almost always had something from Africa available, but often just one or two offerings at […]

Sustainable Farming with Daniela & Valdir

“I am very happy with what I have now, I want to improve quality, provide for my family and my kids – to live happily and in peace”. The quote above was just a part of my conversation with Daniela and Valdir, the farmers behind our newest microlot from Brazil. I asked what their dream […]

Bloom – Spring Seasonal Blend

We love springtime here at Firelight. The newness of the earth coming back alive after the frosts of winter. The slow waking from hibernation like a teenager on a Saturday morning. It makes us want to have a good cup of coffee while watching the grass grow! This spring, however, we wanted to be a […]

Responsible Sourcing and Rosa Gutierrez

Rosa Araly Gutierrez Rodriguez is a small business-owner trying to establish a profitable and sustainable enterprise that provides for her family and adds value to her community. She struggles some from year to year, as does every small business, but in general she has a consistent product and some years, if her predictions prove correct, she […]

Welcoming Las Lomas!

We chatted with Nelson Raul Amador from De La Finca Coffee Importers to learn all about our newest single origin offering – Las Lomas, from the San Marcos region in Guatemala.

DRC Mapendo – Love from Africa

Every coffee travels a journey and some coffees have journeys that are longer and more complex than expected. The journey of our newest single origin began over 8 months ago when we at Firelight Coffee Roasters had the privilege to sample a few coffees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was not an […]

Country Highlight – El Salvador

Let’s talk about El Salvador. More specifically, let’s talk about how El Salvador has shaped coffee as we know it today. There are a number of countries that are inextricably linked with the development of coffee throughout the past two centuries. Among them are giants in the industry like Brazil, the top producer of coffee […]

Keepin’ Coffee Accessible (Pt. 2)

In the last post we delved into our approach to making great coffee available to you. That’s only half the discussion, though, and it’s important for us to cover the other half – our producing partners and the forgotten few in the coffee production process.

Keepin’ Coffee Accessible (Pt. 1)

This idea of accessibility aligns with our core values so deeply that it’s a part of every decision. This is only a part of the discussion about accessibility, however, and the next post will delve into the other side of accessibility: what this value means for our producing partners and those often forgotten in the coffee production process.

Quality First

Which coffee is a higher quality? Which one is, in effect, better? More to the point, how do you even begin to determine high vs. low quality when the beverage in question is so subject to personal preference?