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Harvest in the time of Covid.
JUN 5, 2020

We have talked extensively in this blog about the usual challenges a grower faces every coffee harvest. Two years ago, we added political conflict and instability to that list in Nicaragua. This harvest we are adding Pandemic. To say this is one of the most challenging coffee harvests I have experienced in 23 years as a coffee entrepreneur is an understatement. I don’t even know where to begin. The challenges this pandemic has brought on, and its consequential economic and humanitarian crisis, are felt at every step of the coffee chain - from Las Sabanas, Nicaragua to St. Thomas, Ontario — in equally devastating yet different ways. For growers, exporters, roasters, retailers, and you our coffee drinker, this is a new normal and a new way of doing business.

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Coffee is about hospitality. It's about community.

Coffee is about so much more than terroir or cultivating practices, good roasting, and exact preparation, things that from the start have been second nature for Maria.

Coffee is about hospitality, it’s about community, and in challenging times, it’s about how “ the coffee shop” can step up and be a force for positive change.

Streamliners Espresso Bar is located in St. Thomas, Ontario, a city with a strong railway history. Its name comes from locomotives called streamliners that used to travel through the Canada Southern Railway Station (CASO station) in the 1920s and 1930s. These were aluminum clad locomotives considered the most modern during the art deco era.

Streamliners Espresso Bar’s mission is to create a unique place where coffee is celebrated. Maria's, Streamliners’ owner, long coffee history and heritage is rooted in the northwest mountains of Nicaragua, where her coffee is grown. Railway and coffee traditions intersect at Streamliners Espresso Bar. A community hub where people can enjoy the best coffee and pastries in town.

It is a true specialty coffee shop experience with music playing, quality brews and baristas who connect with customers, creating a very social, human experience. Coffee is brewed specifically for the customer and all the food and pastry offerings come from other local businesses, using local ingredients, contributing to the culinary tourism of St. Thomas.

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