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Apr09

Espresso: Brazil Mantiqueira Mountains Pulped Natural

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This regional Mantiqueira Mountains Yellow Bourbon blend consists of the production of several smallholder farmers who are associated to the COCARIVE cooperative in Carmo de Minas. Coffees are selected on quality, variety and process by our partners at COCARIVE. In order to be selected for their regional blends, the farm has to meet a set of quality criteria. The cup score target for this selection lies between 83 and 84. Balance and sweetness are the key features of this coffee. For those who need a solid and stable base coffee in their line-up, available in larger quantities, the Mantiqueira de Minas blends have proven to be the solution! This regional selection has a more refined cup profile than our other classic Brazilian coffees. The blend has a soft acidity and fresh stone fruit...

Apr09

Espresso: Ethiopia Guji Sasaba Natural

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Equipped with a large pulper and over 600 African drying beds, Sasaba processes coffee received from over 500 smallholders working in the hills surrounding the wet mill. Like much of Kercha, the small plots of land around Sasaba sit at high altitudes around the 2000-meter mark. The Sasaba smallholders are a mix of Gedeo and Guji farmers, many of whom have lived here for generations, growing coffee next to each other. Similar to the rest of Kercha district, most of the farmers identify as Protestant Christians in this area. Their coffee grows on the slopes of the hills around Sasaba shaded by a mix of existing forest trees and those planted by the farmers, such as enset (false banana) trees. The Sasaba mill makes it a point to work with the more experienced farmers in the area. These are farmers that have been well-trained and have proven that they consistently produce high-quality coffee. Working alone, it would be harder for these farmers to market and sell their coffee. In the past, they would have sold their freshly picked red...

Apr09

Espresso: Panama Damarli Estate Natural Bourbon, Special Series

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Damarli Estate is a specialty coffee plantation hidden in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. All the coffee at Damarli Estate are hand picked ripe coffee cherries, which are carefully hand processed and evaluated by the owners David Pech and Keith Pech to create exquisite and outstanding coffees. Damarli Estate offers its clients worldwide a wide selection of different varietals through its Varietal Collection and additional coffees through its Tradicional Coffee Label. Furthermore, to support its vision toward sustainable production, Damarli Estate built a completely solar powered coffee laboratory, kitchen, private suites and sunrise veranda. Both Keith and David hope to use the estate to connect with baristas, roasters and coffee enthusiasts to enjoy the natural beauty of the farm, to share outstanding coffees and to strengthen the specialty coffee community. Damarli Estate was founded in 1995 when David Pech purchased the farm. It was named Damarli after the initial investors: DA – for David, MA – for Manfred (David’s father), R – for Ruth (David’s mother) and LI – for Lia (David’s wife). Initially Lia’s family managed the estate,...

Apr09

Filter: Kenya Kiangundo AA

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Kiangundo is a washing station (or factory, as they are called in Kenya) located in the Nyeri district in the municipality of Karatina. It is one of four washing stations (alongside its sisters Gachuiro, Ichuga and Kiamaina) owned by the Kiama Coffee Farmer’s Cooperative Society, which represents over 3000 producers in the region. Kiangundo washing station represents 690 of these members (520 male and 170 female). These producers have farms located at 1,700–1,950m above sea level. The main varieties of coffee grown in this region are SL-28 and -34, which account for 95% of all coffee produced. The region’s high altitude means that the coffee fruit is able to mature slowly, and this, combined with rich volcanic soil and careful processing, helps to highlight the inherent complex fruit flavours from the SL-28 and SL-34 varieties. Both cultivars have Bourbon and Moka heritage and are named after the laboratory that promoted their wider distribution in Kenya during the early 20th Century: Scott Laboratories. In addition to the SL28 and SL34 that are almost ubiquitous around Kenya, this lot contains around 5% of...