Sumatra Ketiara Adsenia

16 Mar

The woman-run Ketiara Cooperative was started in 2008 by Ibu Rahmah, who had managed her family’s coffee business for 20 years. This lot is from small farms in the Bener Meriah Highlands that grow exclusively Adsenia varietal, a unique, heritage tree that isn’t common elsewhere.

Region: Aceh
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Wet Hulled
Varietal: Adsenia

Tasting Notes: maple syrup, dark chocolate, black pepper

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$13/12 oz

Ethiopia Limu Gera

16 Mar

Limu, in centrally located Oromia region, is home to many wild and uncategorized varietals. This lends it a unique and distinctive flavor, that is also refined thanks to careful processing. The region is also home to unique wildlife like the Gelada monkey, or bleeding-heart baboon.

Region: Oromia
Harvest: 2014/15
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Heirloom

Tasting Notes: sweet, lemon, pineapple

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$13/12 oz

Tanzania Ruvuma Peaberry

11 Mar

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

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

2 Mar

This coffee is collected from small farms near the town of Kochere, sitting on the border of Yirgacheffe and Southern Oromia. This lot, labeled YirgZ to denote zero defects, is made possible through a collaborative effort with small farms to remove all defective and irregular beans.

Subregion: Kochere
Harvest: 2014/15
Processing: Washed
Varietals: Heirloom

Tasting Notes: chocolate, citrus, hint of molasses

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$13/12 oz

Guatemala Corral Viejo

23 Feb

This small farm is owned and run, along with several other neighboring plots, by the Colom family, which has been farming there since the 1800s. In addition to supporting local education efforts, they are helping to conserve the rainforest and raise tilapia for local consumption.

Region: Palencia
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Arabigo Bourbon

Tasting Notes: chocolate, nut, citrus, floral

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$13/12 oz

El Salvador Vivagua

19 Feb

This micro lot is made up of peaberry from a handful of small farms throughout Santa Ana that adhere to strict quality standards. Peaberries, coffee cherries that have only one bean instead of two, make up a small percentage of the total crop and are painstakingly hand sorted.

Region: Santa Ana
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Semi-Washed
Varietal: Red Bourbon

Tasting Notes: caramel, wild berries, clove

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$13/12 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 Guji

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

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

Zambia Mubuyu

19 Feb

Mubuyu is 80 kilometers from Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, at 1100 meters in the Munali Hills, made famous by the explorer David Livingstone. The farm, established 1971, started growing coffee about ten years ago and incorporates a flour mill, dams, worker housing, a school, and a clinic.

Region: Munali Hills
Harvest: 2014
Processing: Washed
Varietal: Bourbon

Tasting Notes: Brown sugar, tangerine, dried plum