Costa Rica Cumbres de Poas

27 Jul

The small farm, Cumbres de Poas is run by a couple, Oscar and Francisca, who have dedicated themselves to the principles of organic agriculture. Not only do they us organic practices in cultivating their plants, but they also have the first micro-mill to be certified organic, as well.

Region: Tarrazu
Harvest: 2015
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Catuai, Caturra, Villa Sarchi

Tasting Notes: sweet, lemon, honey, peach

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$14/12 oz

Ethiopia Hambela Estate Washed

27 Jul

Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot, was awarded land bordering Harrar and Sidamo following World War II. That land became the Hambela Estate, run by the family business she started. The company works to support their community through progressive employment practices.

Region: Harrar, Sidamo
Harvest: 2015
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Heirloom

Tasting Notes: bright lime, raspberry, peach, apricot

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$13/12 oz

Ethiopia Hambela Estate Natural

27 Jul

Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot, was awarded land bordering Harrar and Sidamo following World War II. That land became the Hambela Estate, run by the family business she started. The company works to support their community through progressive employment practices.

Region: Harrar, Sidamo
Harvest: 2015
Processing: Natural
Varietals: Heirloom

Tasting Notes: sweet peach, blueberry, tangerine, red grape

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$13/12 oz

Brazil Vira Mão

9 Jul

Fazenda Vira Mão is buried in a microregion of Minas Gerais known as “Montanhas do Sul de Minas”, or “Mountains South of the Mines”. The farm is part of a group of local growers that are committed to environmentally sustainable practices  as well as exceptional coffee quality.

Region: Minas Gerais
Harvest: 2015
Processing: Natural
Varietals: Yellow Catuai, Bourbon

Tasting Notes: tropical fruit, cream, nut

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$13/12 oz

Zambia Balmoral Estate

7 Jul

The Zukas Family began growing coffee at the Balmoral Farm in 1980 on 20 hectares of land. After drilling boreholes in nearby limestone to enhance irrigation, they planted 40 more hectares. Often overlooked, Zambia produces exceptional beans.

Region: Munali Hills
Harvest: 2015
Processing: Washed
Varietals: SL-28, Catimor

Tasting Notes: molasses, orange, dried plum

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$13/12 oz

Papua New Guinea Arokara

26 Jun

Arokara is a cooperative of small plantations in the Eastern Highands region. Established by the Rural Development Bank 20 years ago, the farms have since been turned over to local landholders who use traditional farming methods that avoid any chemicals or fertilizers.

Region: Kainantu
Harvest: 2014/15
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Typica, Bourbon, Arusha

Tasting Notes: cocoa, tart strawberry, hint of spice

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$13/12 oz

Uganda Ibanda Natural

30 Mar

Western Uganda is far from the country’s best known coffee growing region, but recently the government has been encouraging farmers in Ibanda District to grow it as a lucrative export. Maybe more unusual is the rustic processing that gives these beans a distinctive flavor.

Region: Ibanda
Harvest: 2014/15
Processing: Natural
Varietals: Catimors

Tasting Notes: boysenberry, chicory, vanilla

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$13/12 oz

DECAF Guatemala Huehuetenango

27 Jun

The Huehuetenango region is famous for producing some of Guatemala’s finest coffees. This lot was carefully selected then decaffeinated using the Mountain Water process, which avoids the use of toxic chemicals while preserving more of the coffee’s natural flavors.

Region: Hueheutenango
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietals: bourbon, typica

Tasting Notes: sweet lemon, cocoa finish

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$12/12 oz

Guatemala Santiago

30 Jun

This is a select lot from El Esfuerzo, an association of 29 farms in Todos Santos Cuchumatán. Traceability was provided by TG-LAB, a Guatemala-based company that documents where coffee comes from while enabling farmers to better access markets and fetch higher prices.

Region: Huehuetenango
Harvest: 2015
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Catuai, Bourbon

Tasting Notes: plum, butterscotch, floral undertones