Nossa Familia is proud to introduce our Origin Education Talks, a 5-month series of educational conversations surrounding various aspects of coffee growing, processing and research before it reaches the roastery. Unless otherwise indicated, all talks will be given by Rob Hoos, Director of Coffee for Nossa Familia. Occasionally we will bring in guest speakers who have intimate knowledge of the topic.

Upcoming Talks

A Nossa Familia Coffee employee and Timoteo Minas harvest coffee in Guatemala

Coffee Sourcing Philosophy

Tuesday, April 25 at 5:30 PM
at Nossa Familia Coffee, 1319 NW Johnson St, Portland

Direct Trade. Fair Trade. Farm Direct. Relationship Coffee. Third Wave Coffee. Sustainable Sourcing.
We hear these terms used a lot in the specialty coffee industry - but what do they really mean? Join us for the next installment of Nossa Familia Coffee’s Origin Education Talks on Coffee Sourcing Philosophy. We’ll discuss our practices and philosophy on sustainable coffee sourcing through deeply-rooted relationships with our farmers and brokers. We’ll also dive into what terms like “direct trade” and “fair trade” really mean in coffee.

This event will be a panel format, and we’re lucky to be joined by some incredible panelists who all bring years of experience and special insight into the coffee trade:

  • Chris Ryan, Account Manager at Nossa Familia Coffee (Moderator)
  • Rob Hoos, Director of Coffee at Nossa Familia Coffee
  • Emily McIntyre, Cofounder of and Catalyst Coffee Consulting
  • Bayardo Reyes, Owner of Finca San Jose de las Nubes coffee farm in Nicaragua
  • Andrew Feldman, Executive Director for De la Gente
  • Dane Loraas, Relationship Coffee Manager for Sustainable Harvest

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Caffeine & Decaffeination

Date & Time TBD

During this tasting we will be comparing the exact same coffee in its normal, and decaffeinated version with the same roast profile. This will help us to get a grasp on the differences in flavor caused by decaffeination. In addition to the tasting, the group will be treated to a discussion of the various decaffeination methods and a PowerPoint presentation.

Past Talks


Coffee Processing Methods: Washed vs. Natural

Monday, February 27 at 5:30 PM
at Nossa Familia Coffee, 1319 NW Johnson St, Portland

In this talk and coffee tasting, Director of Coffee Rob Hoos will explore the impacts that processing at origin can make on flavor of coffee. We will be using Timoteo Minas's Microlot Washed and Natural Processed coffees from the San Miguel Escobar Cooperative in Guatemala to highlight these differences. Both coffees will be roasted to the same roast profile, so the key difference we will be tasting is that of the processing. Rob will also present on the other main methods of coffee processing, what they mean, and how they typically affect the flavor of the coffee.

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Guatemalan Cultivar Cupping

December 22, 2016 at 4 PM
at Nossa Familia Coffee, 1319 NW Johnson St

Join Nossa Familia Coffee's Director of Coffee, Rob Hoos, and the farmers of Finca San Jerónimo Miramar in Guatemala for a discussion and tasting of four unique Guatemalan coffees. We will be featuring four different coffee cultivars that have been grown and processed with similar methodologies, at similar altitudes. There will be a tasting and a discussion on cultivars and where they are headed in the future of the coffee industry.

Cultivars featured: Gesha Slow Dry, Maragogype, Ethiopian F1, San Juan Catuai

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Altitude at Origin

November 14, 2016 at 6 PM
TaborSpace - Copeland Commons

5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215

In this talk, Rob Hoos, Director of Coffee at Nossa Familia, will explore the differences that altitude can make in the flavor of coffee, and the reasons behind those differences. Guests will also partake in a three-coffee tasting, which will focus on the same cultivars from the same farm, grown in similar lots at different altitudes, all coming from our partner farmers at Finca San Jeronimo Miramar in Guatemala.

Altitudes: Faldas, Valle, Montana

Coffee Leaf Rust (Roya) Resistance Research

September 28, 2016 at 6:30PM
Nossa Familia Coffee, 811 NW 13th Ave

In our first talk of the Origin Education Series, Rob Hoos of Nossa Familia and Hanna Neuschwander from World Coffee Research will discuss the growing issue of coffee leaf rust (roya in Spanish), a fungus that attacks the leaves of coffee trees and can completely decimate a coffee farm. We will cup 3 experimental rust resistant coffees from Finca San Jeronimo Miramar in Guatemala.