Roast Founder and Publisher Connie Blumhardt visited K&R at their Portland studio to discuss the impetus of the award itself, while praising the infectious coffee-focused passion of Mudhouse’s founders Lynelle and John Lawrence. (In the interview with K&R, Lynelle includes “director of joy” among her titles, while John is not identified as active in the company’s joy division.)
A coffee company since John and Lynelle’s VW van parked in Charlottesville in 1993, Mudhouse recently expanded its vertical operations, partnering with Willem Boot and Kelly Hartmann for the purchase of a farm in Panama, called Finca La Cabra, that has been planted with Geisha.
“Adding another vertical component — to be a company that’s our size and so tiny, to be able to go completely farm to cup — is a special thing,” John Lawrence told K&R, describing the venture as like traveling through the hedge into Narnia.
On with the show:
Unpacking Coffee is a show discovering new coffee roasters one episode at a time led by Kandace and Ray of the Portland-based studio Needmore Designs, which specializes in coffee, wine and lifestyle brands.