Java Kayumas

9 Dec

The Kayumas Estate is one of Java’s five government-owned farms that were established by the Dutch more than a hundred years ago. The farm sprawls from 750 to more than 1500 meters above sea level and derives it’s rich soil largely from the nearby Ijen volcano complex.

Region: Ijen Plateau
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Wet Hulled
Varietals: Djember Typica, Catimor

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$13/12 oz

Tanzania Ruvuma

9 Dec

This coffee is from the Nyamtimbo-Songea region along the Ruvuma River and the border of Mozambique,which has long faced accessibility and political stability barriers. As those obstacles are slowly lifted, the excellent coffee that this area produces become more available.

Region: South Tanzania
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Arusha, Bourbon

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$13/12 oz

Nicaragua Idealista

17 Nov

Finca Idealista is the epicenter of a group of farms in Matagalpa and Jinotega who have been innovators in direct trade of micro-lots of specialty coffee. The farm, serves as the focal point for both financial and agricultural experiments, such as a live museum of coffee varietals.

Region: Jinotega
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Paca

Tasting Notes: creamy, rich cocoa, floral

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$13/12 oz

Nicaragua Miraflor

29 Oct

Don Manuel and Jessenia grow coffee on their farm alongside other produce. In an usual step for small farms such as Miraflor, they briefly dry their coffee on raised before bringing them to the mill for final processing. This enables them to submit uniquely defect-free batches.

Region: Jinotega
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai

Tasting Notes: ripe fruit, citric, rich and buttery

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$13/12 oz

Bolivia Yungas

5 Dec

The Federation of Coffee Exporting Producers of Bolivia was formed in 1991 and has grown to represent nearly 8,500 small family run farms. The cooperative both lobbies for the interests of the growers as well as helping them access markets and improve their farming practices.

Tasting Notes: maple syrup, dried cherry, pecan

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$12/12 oz

DECAF Fair-Trade, Organic Mayan Blend

2 Mar

This seasonal blend of beans combines the best of harvests from Central American’s countries including Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Mexico. The beans have been decaffeinated using a method that best preserves the natural flavors of the coffee. This lot has been certified fair-trade and organic.

Tasting Notes: earthy, cocoa, hint of walnut

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$12/12 oz

Brazil Cerrado

25 Sep

Cerrado is a vast tropical savanna that spreads over the Brazilian states of Goias and Minas Gerais. Although agriculture is relatively new to the region, its level terrain has lent itself to rapid development and modest mechanization. It is now a major source of coffee exports from the country.

Region: Goiás, Minas Gerais
Harvest: 2014
Varietals: mundo novo, catuai

Tasting Notes: creamy, bittersweet chocolate, nut 

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$11/12 oz

Ethiopia Sidamo Ardi

2 Jun
Coffee Drying Beds

Coffee drying beds in Michicha, Ethiopia

This coffee comes from a group of smallholder farms in the Guji subregion of Sidamo. Whole coffee cherries are carefully sun dried, allowing the fruit to slightly ferment. This adds a depth and complexity to this creamy cup of coffee.

Subregion: Guji
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Natural, unwashed
Varietals: Sidama

Tasting Notes: sweet cherry, nut, chocolate

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$13/12 oz

Kenya Chania Estate Natural Process

17 Dec

This medium-sized family owned and operated farm is located at 1525 meters above sea level near the town of Thika in Kenya’s central province. The Harries family has been growing coffee in the area for nearly a century. They currently grow 180 acres of coffee on the farm, including unusual varietals such as this French Mission, a heritage bourbon cultivar that dates back to the 1800s.

Red volcanic soil and lots of rain contribute to the unique flavor of this coffee.

The unique flavor of these beans is enhanced by careful natural processing in which the coffee is dried with the cherry still attached. The result is a blend of Kenya’s signature grapefruit notes layered on top of prominent black currant and lemon curd. It’s a flavor hard to fully describe and not quite like anything else we have tried. Chania Estate is a stabilizing force in the area by providing both steady and seasonal employment, staff housing and gardens. The family have also donated 50 acres of land to the local government and co-founded a technical institute to teach underprivileged children practical skills. This Qualia Reserve is available for preorder only and can be combined with other Reserve offerings. Your order can be picked up at our storefront in Petworth or add shipping if you would like it sent to you. If ordering multiple Reserve offerings to be shipped, only add shipping once.

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$14/8 oz

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Colombia La Esperanza Geisha

17 Dec

ImageThis Qualia Reserve offering comes from Las Margaritas, a small farm in Caicedonia, Valle del Cauca, that functions as a sort of incubator for innovation for the more established Café Granja la Esperanza. Las Margaritas hosts only 5 hectares of Geisha (also sometimes referred to as Gesha), the heritage varietal that was recently rediscovered in the Americas. Given its relative rarity and the fact that Geisha trees are less productive than other common varietals, this coffee still fetches a high price, but offers a truly unique and complex coffee experience.

Processing the Geisha at Las Margaritas is a precise operation involving 14 hours of controlled fermentation after which the beans are fully washed and dried in the sun.

Las Margaritas Geisha produces a rich and full cup with floral and spice notes the first few days after roasting that morph into deep toffee and caramel flavors around 5-8 days later.

This Qualia Reserve is available for preorder only and can be combined with other Reserve offerings. Your order can be picked up at our storefront in Petworth or add shipping if you would like it sent to you.

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$18/8 oz

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Ecuador Jose Encalada – Taza Dorada First Prize

17 Dec

Jose EncaladaMany of the coffee growing countries in Latin America organize an annual Cup of Excellence competition to identify the best beans from each harvest. Ecuador’s competition, the Taza Dorada is smaller, as is the amount of Arabica grown in that country compared with it’s neighbors in South America. This lot, from the farm of Jose Encalada in the Olmedo, Loja, was the top ranked coffee from this year’s competition.

This is coffee fully washed then sun dried and all processing is done right on the farm. The trees are made up of Typica and Caturra varietals and grow at 1,700 meters above sea level.

Tasting notes include juicy with sweet roundness, floral aroma and prominent citrus tones.

This Qualia Reserve is available for preorder only and can be combined with other Reserve offerings. Your order can be picked up at our storefront in Petworth or add shipping if you would like it sent to you. If ordering multiple Reserve offerings to be mailed, only add shipping once.

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$18/8 oz

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Peru Aprocassi

29 Nov

Aprocassi is a fair-trade cooperative founded in 2005 by a local priest. It has grown rapidly since then, recently establishing it’s own financing arm which funds infrastructure projects on member farms along with health services and education access for local children.

Region: Jaen, San Ignasio
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Catimor, Caturra, Typica, Pache

Tasting Notes: milk chocolate, caramel, lemon